The banknotes you can put in the washing machine: First plastic £5 unveiled

First stage Cashless society

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Undated handout photo issued by Clydesdale Bank of (from left) Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop, and Executive Director at Clydesdale Bank Debbie Crosbie with an enlarged £5 plastic Clydesdale Banknote which will enter circulation next year to mark the 125th anniversary of the Forth Bridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday May 22, 2014. Banks say that polymer notes are proven to be more durable than existing currency, with research finding that they stay cleaner for longer, are more difficult to counterfeit and are at least 2.5 times longer-lasting. They will be introduced in Scotland ahead of England, where the Bank of England plans to issue them for the first time in 2016. The Clydesdale Bank note, which is smaller than the existing currency, also celebrates the nomination of the Forth Bridge for inclusion in Unesco's World Heritage List in 2014. See PA story MONEY Note. Photo credit should read: Clydesdale Bank/PA Wire  NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. Not actual size… (From left) Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop, and Executive Director at Clydesdale Bank Debbie Crosbie (Picture: PA)

Britain’s first plastic banknotes are to be in use next year when branches of Clydesdale Bank issue two million £5 notes.

The bank has been authorised to issue limited edition plastic Scottish banknotes a year before the Bank of England puts plastic notes in general circulation.

The new note features the Forth Bridge, nominated for the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2014, and a portrait of Sir William Arrol, whose company designed the bridge.

Production of the note in March 2015 will coincide with the 125th anniversary of the bridge’s opening.

Undated handout photo issued by Clydesdale Bank of a £5 plastic Clydesdale Banknote which will enter circulation next year to mark the 125th anniversary of the Forth Bridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday May 22, 2014. Banks say that polymer notes are proven to be more durable than existing currency, with research finding that they stay cleaner for longer, are more difficult to counterfeit and are at least 2.5 times longer-lasting. They will be introduced in Scotland ahead of England, where the Bank of England plans to issue them for the first time in 2016. The Clydesdale Bank note, which is smaller than the existing currency, also celebrates the nomination of the Forth Bridge for inclusion in Unesco's World Heritage List in 2014. See PA story MONEY Note. Photo credit should read: Clydesdale Bank/PA Wire  NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. The note features the Forth Bridge and Sir William Arrol, whose company built it (Picture: PA)

Polymer notes are said to be tougher, cleaner and more secure than current…

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