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New 5 pound note can be laundered

A new polymer banknote featuring wartime leader Winston Churchill went into circulation yesterday in Britain — one of the first European countries with notes that, literally, can be laundered.

The Bank of England will initially issue 440 million of the new 5 pound notes (US$6.70) and the old note will cease to be legal tender in May next year.

“The use of polymer means it can better withstand being repeatedly folded into wallets or scrunched up inside pockets and can also survive a spin in the washing machine,” Governor Mark Carney said.

“We expect polymer notes to last at least two-and-a-half times longer than the current generation of fivers and therefore reduce future costs of production,” Carney said.

He said it was estimated to last five years.

The new notes also has security features intended to make it harder to counterfeit. These include a see-through window featuring Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait as well as a picture of Big Ben in gold foil.

The famous Houses of Parliament clock tower is showing the time as 3:00pm, the approximate time on May 13, 1940, that Churchill delivered a famous speech to parliament during World War II.


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