Britain’s new banknote is washable and harder to forge

December 3, 2019

Britain is introducing new bank notes… made
of plastic. The material makes them strong enough to survive
the washing machine… and a lot harder to counterfeit. Park Se-young has the details. These are Britain’s new five-pound notes. Instead of paper, they’re printed on polymer
– a thin, flexible, plastic film. A crumpled bill becomes good as new after
a couple of tugs, and attempts to tear the bill are unsuccessful. The bills can even be soaked in water, as
they’re waterproof. “It’s stronger than paper and can better withstand
being repeatedly folded into wallets or scrunched up inside pockets. Polymer notes can survive a splash of claret,
a flick of cigar ash, the nip of a bulldog, and even a spin afterwards in the washing
machine.” With their durability, polymer notes are considered
more environmentally friendly than traditional paper bills. They’re also more resistant to counterfeiting
as the see-through windows on the notes are difficult to replicate. The Bank of England is releasing 440 million
of the new five-pound notes, to be followed in the next year by new ten-pound plastic
bills. Plastic banknotes are already in use in countries
including Australia and Canada. Park Se-young, Arirang News.

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