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Bank of England £5 note


Key security features of Bank of England banknotes


Bank of England unveils untearable plastic £5 note


Bank of England £5 banknote 1971-91


The polymer fiver - key security features


How is the polymer fiver made?

The Bank of England £5 note, also known as a fiver, is a banknote of the pound sterling. It is the smallest denomination of banknote issued by the Bank of England. In September 2016, a new polymer note was introduced, featuring the image of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse and a portrait of Winston Churchill on the reverse. The old paper note, first issued in 2002 and bearing the image of prison reformer Elizabeth Fry on the reverse, was phased out and ceased to be legal tender after 5 May 2017.
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  • Introduction 

  • Restriction period 

  • Move away from gold standard 

  • 2002 Varnish Issue 

  • Moving to polymer 

  • Controversy