Britain’s latest plastic banknote
September 23, 2017 6:49am CST
The British banknotes are gradually being replaced by a plastic based version designed to last longer. The new £5 issue was released some time ago and now we have a new £10 note. Yesterday I encountered my first example of this new note when I withdrew cash from the ATM. My first impression was how much this reminded me of the old 10 shilling notes, which were withdrawn from circulation back in 1970. On arrival home I immediately dug out an old 10 shilling note to compare, which confirmed my first impression. These new notes are a very similar size, also similar in design and colour. Many people today would be unfamiliar with the old notes since they were withdrawn almost 50 years ago, but to me the resemblance was clear. This is almost nostalgic. You can clearly see by the 2 notes scanned side by side just how closely they resemble each other. I wonder how many other old fools have noticed this similarity.
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• United Kingdom
23 Sep 17
I had my first one yesterday too in change from a pub I went to. I like it very much apart form the it being plastic part...good idea to have braille on it too. I do like the design of the back and am pleased they put jane austen on it.
• South Africa
28 Sep 17
They would be sticking to all the fences in SA like the rest of the plastic = thats where our plastic gathers - Jist some fun sharing. I remember my dad finding a wad of pounds that were 10 cm long and 6cm wide - grey blue in colour and because SA had moved over to their own currency - they were worth more, so It was a great cash stash. The rand was introduced in the then Union of South Africa on 14 February 1961
• Manchester, England
24 Sep 17
No, our currency has always been Pounds sterling, but the content of a Pound has changed. We originally used LSD, which was based on the currency of the Roman Empire. There were 12 pence to a shilling and 20 shillings to a Pound. In 1971 we introduced a decimal system of 100 New Pence to a Pound.