New British polymer 5-pound note keeps revealing its odds and creeps
The new British plastic fiver, which is to replace the old paper 5-pound note by May, 2017, appeared to be quite a scandalous thing. Being introduced into circulation in September, 2016, new polymer bank note keeps on giving Brits causes for disturbance. The most recently revealed facts about the plastic five pounds even led to the petition claiming to change the ingredients of the note.
Britain have decided to reject its paper money in favor of modern polymer ones due some reasonable grounds. Plastic notes are said to be more resilient and strong enough to withstand even a circle inside washing machine. Besides, the scientific research revealed that polymer notes are much cleaner than paper ones. Bacteria do not live on the new plastic new notes, so they are considered to be safer and healthier as well.
But there were some troubles with the new fivers right from the start. Cash machines were not ready to accept the polymer notes; so many people claimed they’re uncomfortable when were not able to pay for something despite they had money with them. Some people refused to accept plastic fivers too, considering them fake because of their unusual appearance.
But the first serious stroke on its reputation was given to the new fiver in particular and the Bank of England in general by the prosaic eraser. The video of the polymer 5-pound note, which had particularly lost its images (including the Queen’s face and bank note’s denomination) after rubbing them out with pencil eraser, launched on the Internet in October already. The Bank’s officials explained the incident by using the distinct technology of printing, not intended to withstand the intentional damaging.
Meanwhile, Brits kept experimenting with new notes, as for instance, frying them on a hot pan and playing vinyl discs using new fiver as a needle. Those videos are available on the net too. Moreover, some quirky bargain hunters try to gain hundreds of pounds for the new plastic notes selling them online as rare collectible ones with “unique serial numbers”.
And then December came with overwhelming news about the poor fiver. Somehow it appeared to have animal fat in its content, which caused serious social disaffection of the polymer currency. That fat, according to the spokesman of the Bank of England, is tallow, which is really made of bull’s fat and used in the form of stearic acid for lubricating (1% of all ingredients of the new note). The treatment makes new bank notes smooth and anti-static, said the official.
The news, however, shocked numerous of British vegans and
religious groups who are restricted to use animal products by their faith. Offended people have already run the Change petition to force the Bank of England replace animal fat by vegetable oil for the same purpose. Although, as British media says, the problem isn’t solved yet; and the vegan businesses refuse to accept new five-pound notes, so do Hindus, Sikhs and other religious communities of Great Britain. The anti-fat petition has already been signed by hundreds of thousands people.
The Bank of England revealed, that the next polymer note will be launched in circulation in United Kingdom in summer of 2017; it will be 10-pound one bearing Jane Austen. And the next plastic note of 20 pounds in denomination is planned to appear during the next three years. The note will show English artist J.M.W. Turner.