The New UK 5 Pound Note and Out With The Old

Got any £5.00 notes from your last journey to the UK? Worthless now. May 5 was the deadline to turn in the old bank notes. Not so good for those of us trying to change money in US and other countries. If you are ordering cash for your trip, play it safe and get denominations £20.00 and £50.00 if you must have the cash. The new note £10.00,  is due in a few months. You may be able to specify through your bank to get the new “plastic” notes, but just play it safe. Of course, you can just use your travel card, but it is good to have some cash on you for airport and taxi use. You don’t have fees with that unless you exchange it. Check that you receive change in the new polymer style notes if you are traveling over the next few months if it’s fiver in the UK, Scotland and N. Ireland. They have a plastic feel, very like the Canadian Dollars and look like:

And for you Jane fans, the new tenner will look like this:

The date for the Jane will coincide with her birthday, July 18th 200 birthday.

Scotland’s new polymers were issued last fall, but UNLIKE their British counterparts, they are pulled as they come in from circulation and replaced with the new notes. A much more sensible solution.

See the Scottish policies here

Articles and Resources

How to Spend or Exchange £5.00 Now They Are Not Legal Tender


Official B of E Statements


Current Banknotes News


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