Friday, 9 January 2015

Did you know? #13

Did you know banknotes can be made of plastics?

In the UK we will be seeing polymer £5 and £10 banknotes in 2016.  It is suggested that the polymer notes will last longer than the traditional paper notes making them cheaper in the long run. However, there has been a lot of debates about whether polymer banknotes are a good thing or not.  

https://www.flickr.com/photos/bankofengland/9719061738/

The following links show the differing views:

http://www.londonlovesbusiness.com/lifestyle/london-culture/5-reasons-polymer-banknotes-could-be-a-disaster/7051.article

http://www.printweek.com/print-week/news/1141211/polymer-banknotes-issued-2016#disqus_thread

http://www.csiro.au/Organisation-Structure/Flagships/Future-Manufacturing-Flagship/Flexible-Electronics/World-first-polymer-banknote.aspx

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15782723

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/sep/10/polymer-bank-notes-pros-cons

Louise Dennis (Assistant Curator)

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