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UK’s Plastic Banknotes Set for 2016 Release

October 6, 2015 1:59 pm Published by

Great Britain will begin using new plastic bank notes next year when Clydesdale Bank branches issue two million 5 Pound notes.

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The limited edition notes will be available a year before the Bank of England puts plastic banknotes in general circulation in 2017.

More than 20 countries around the world are already using plastic banknotes, including Australia and Canada. They are thought to be cleaner, safer and more secure than current notes.  The plastic notes also apparently last 2.5 times longer, will survive a cycle in the washing machine but are not resistant to high levels of heat.

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The note features Sir William Arrol, whose company constructed the Forth Bridge. The banknote will coincide with the 125th anniversary of the structure’s opening and celebrate the bridge’s nomination for the UNESCO World Heritage List 2014.

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