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Do you prefer the new £5 note?

A new plastic £5 note that features Sir Winston Churchill and can survive a spin in the washing machine has started to enter circulation.

The polymer note is said by the Bank of England to be cleaner, safer and stronger than paper notes, lasting around five years longer.

Mr Carney, Governor of the Bank of England,  said of the new note: “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.

While some people may start to see the new fiver immediately at cash machines and bank counters, for others it may take a few weeks.

The new £5 note paves the way for a new generation of security features, making the note harder to counterfeit, the Bank of England claims.

They include a see-through window featuring the Queen’s portrait as well as Big Ben shown in gold foil on the front of the note and silver on the back.

Have you had one yet? Do you like it? 

Do you prefer the new £5 note?

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winky
13th Jan 2017
0
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I believe this is about time Britain has taken the plunge and done something fantastic with our currency. My daughter emigrated to N.Z. were they have had this type of currency for ages. Not just one note but all the others, when we were in the good old USA what i really liked was the 1 dollar bill, i just wish we would lose the pound coin immediately , apart from the feel you do feel as if you have ( proper) money in your wallet,and to add the weight of pound coins drives me nuts.
It make economic and practical sense to have your notes that are practically indestructible surely! The one wrong thing with the Yanks was their small change they were absolutely ridiculous small even minute ,i know you cant win um all but keep up the good work the British Mint.
Tigre
20th Oct 2016
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Horrible, much prefer the old one. And contrary to other comments they do not survive the washing machine. Plastic shrivel up with heat.
JohnHerb
16th Oct 2016
1
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Much much better. Small and not horrible and grubby like many £5 notes. Just wish I had a lot more of them!
Bluekat
14th Oct 2016
1
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I have not seen one yet; I wonder what blind people will think of them?
jeanmark
4th Oct 2016
2
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So agree with JKP a fiver is a fiver. I was using plastic notes in Hong Kong 15 years ago so the idea is hardly new and they do survive the washing machine!
JKP
4th Oct 2016
4
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No opinion. A fiver is a fiver.
Snucklepuss
1st Oct 2016
2
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I always fold my notes into three so that they fit into my purse, the new £5 won't stay folded!
celtwitch
1st Oct 2016
1
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You can do things with a plastic fiver things you can't do with a paper one.
For instance, you can repair a leaking plastic dinghy with a plastic fiver and a squirt of superglue.
You can fashion an impromptu drinking vessel, given a basic level of origami skills.
A plastic fiver, a saucer, a couple of paper clips and some compost and voila, an attractive plant pot.
If you are ever stranded in the wilds you can roof an emergency shelter with plastic fivers, if you happen to have 500 of them with you.
At a pinch they can be used to mend holes in car bodywork.
Roll one up lengthways and you have a handy drinking straw.
A burst pipe, no problem, simply wrap a handy plastic fiver around the pipe and secure it with a couple of jubilee clips.
I'm sure you will think of more uses for this most adaptable note?
jeanmark
4th Oct 2016
1
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Thanks for the tips.
shortyshah
30th Sep 2016
2
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It doesn't bend...not flexible enough. .
thomasg2
30th Sep 2016
2
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Had them in Northern Irland for years there OK but perfer paper but no we will have to get used to them David
Pam1960
30th Sep 2016
2
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Haven't seen one yet but agree with DANYOU14 a fiver is a fiver
DANYOU14
27th Sep 2016
2
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Makes no difference to me as a fiver is still a fiver & they all spend the same & worth the same amount, so you gets your money in whatever form, plastic or paper!!!!!!!
Jo Kingham
27th Sep 2016
1
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Love it! Much better and will last longer. The Aussie's have had plastic money for years - glad we finally caught up!
7woody6
26th Sep 2016
2
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not seen it yet but with Winny on it it's bound to be a winner!
Glynngirl
24th Sep 2016
2
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I like the new note i have used them before when i lived in Australia you can't crinkle them like I think all our notes should be plastic
Brody100
24th Sep 2016
2
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I like the look and feel at least the older they get they won't feel dirty and grubby
Wilf
23rd Sep 2016
0
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Why must we keep on changing things. I don't like them. plastic money is a joke. This is the UK not a banana republic!
Irene88
30th Sep 2016
2
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Coukldn"t agree more Wilf. It's change for the sake of change. I can think of better thing to spend the money on! Excuse pun.
Wilf
30th Sep 2016
2
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I guess the only benefit Irene reading more about this is they last longer so may cost less in the long run and are much more difficult to forge
Lionel
24th Sep 2016
1
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Wilf, I'm so sad to sat this country is fast becoming a banana republic; in more ways than one. The UK you and I knew as youngsters is no more.

Plastic money, indeed, who would have thought it?

But spare a thought for those many who have stashes of notes under the bed. They will be swapping fivers for, well, what? Devalued currency.

Yep! Banana republic.
bea747
23rd Sep 2016
2
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Love the credit given to Winston Churchill but why that hideous colour blue - it could have been so much more attractive.
Marley444
23rd Sep 2016
5
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I haven't seen one yet. These days I don't have much cash in my purse - seem to buy most things either online or with plastic!
Munsterlander
22nd Sep 2016
4
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Had a couple at the local market this week and everyone was looking at them. I like the portrait of Winston and glad to see he will be on the new notes-The greatest Britisher ever! They feel a bit strange but like the decimal currency back in the early 70s we will all get used to them within a short space of time and probably see the existing fiver as old fashioned. Bring on the changes I say. It wont be long until we don't even have money. Apart from the market and local shops I just use my credit cards all the time anyway

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