LONDON – Just yesterday it was launched 440 million new plastic -£5- notes, which are defined indestructible -even in the washing machine; they have already succeeded in the durability test on a trial run, due to their quality of a flexible thin plastic called polymer. Therefore these notes are resistant to dirt, durable and secure. In fact they mainly aim at preventing the -made in Italy- counterfeit pounds.
Actually the first reaction is that the new note seems fake, but it is not. The new plastic notes are smaller and lighter.
Thanks to some traditional features it is possible to assume if a note is counterfeit or not.
Here are some:
a clear plastic window: a see-through window featuring the Queen’s portrait, the border of which changes from purple to green;
the Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) shown in gold foil on the front of the note and silver on the back;
a hologram that contains the word “Five” and changes to “Pounds” when the note is tilted;
a hologram of the coronation crown which appears 3D and multi-coloured when the note is tilted;
a green foil hologram of the maze at Blenheim Palace, Churchill’s birthplace and ancestral home;
micro-lettering beneath the Queen’s portrait with tiny letters and numbers that are visible under a microscope;
the words of Bank of England printed in intaglio (raised ink) along the top of the note.
The new plastic note contributes the recycling process: no more tree cuts and so more environmentally friendly.
Moreover, although the plastic note is more expensive to print than paper one, it is much more durable so that, in the long round, it does worth more and last on average two and and half times longer.
Anyway a big fault still remains: being made of plastic, they could keep sticking one to another, so buyers have to pay attention not to buy £5 and pay £10, instead of many promotional slogans of “buy two and pay one”.
Current paper -£5- notes will be gradually withdrawn from circulation and can be spent as until May 2017, after that you will need to exchange paper -£5- notes at the Bank of England.
More new plastic notes are coming: the £10 note from 2017 (with the face of the Novelist Jane Austen) and the £20 note by 2020 (with the face of the artist JMW Turner), while no decision have been taken yet about the £50 note.
So thanks to these new plastic notes (pounds), there are less counterfeit, less three cuts and more value.
But do not forget to pay attention when you pay: do not pay £10 or £15 instead of £5.