The Daily Telegraph - Your Money

A BRIEF HISTORY OF CASH IN

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POST- WAR

BRITAIN

1967

Barclays bank unveils the nation’s first cash machine in Enfield, north London • 1971 Britain moves from pounds, shillings and old pence to a new system on “decimalisa­tion day” • 2004 The start of “chip and pin” card machines in shops • 2007 The first contactles­s cards are issued by banks • 2017 Bitcoin frenzy sparks interest in new currencies • 2020 Coronaviru­s hits and cash use plummets

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