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Moving to Polymer Banknotes

The next Bank of England £5, £10 and £20 banknotes will be printed on polymer.

The new fiver will be issued on 13 September 2016.  Full details of the design and security features have been revealed and a free range of training materials for retailers and businesses have been made available. You can find out more about the new polymer £5 note at

The £10 note will be issued in summer 2017 and the £20 note by 2020.  You can continue to use the paper £5 note until its legal tender status is withdrawn in May 2017.

Polymer banknotes are cleaner, more secure, and more durable than paper banknotes. They will provide enhanced counterfeit resilience, and increase the quality of banknotes in circulation. 

Why Polymer?Getting Your Business Ready
Public Consultation Programme 2013Fact Sheets

The three Scottish issuing banks are also printing their next £5 and £10 notes on polymer.  Clydesdale Bank will issue their polymer £5 on 27 September 2016, Bank of Scotland on 4 October 2016 and RBS on 27 October. For further information see The Committee of Scottish Bankers.
The Royal Mint will be issuing a new £1 coin in March 2017.  For further information go to The Royal Mint.