The Bank of England has today issued the New Fiver banknote using a polymer substrate, the first to be used by the Bank.
The banknote is printed by De La Rue and uses Innovia Security’s Guardian® substrate, which, say Innovia, is resistant to dirt and moisture helping to improve the banknote’s longevity – at least 2.5 times longer.
Security features include:
- A large clear window which runs from the top to the bottom of the banknote.
- Innovia Security’s CAMEO® – for the portrait of the Queen seen in the clear window.
- Innovia Security’s G-Switch® – seen as a coloured border around the edge of the window, changing from purple to green as the note is tilted.
- Kurz’s KINEGRAM COLORS® – used for the various foils, including the gold hologram of the Elizabeth Tower seen in the clear window.
Commenting on the launch, Victoria Cleland, Chief Cashier of the Bank of England said:
“The Bank has been working with the cash industry throughout this important and exciting project and we’re grateful for their efforts in making the introduction of The New Fiver a success.”
The £10 and £20 banknotes, both using Guardian® substrates, are the next to be launched by the Bank of England, in 2017 and 2020.