Agence France-PresseDecember 18, 2013 13:34
The Bank of England is to issue plastic banknotes for the first time in its history, it announced Wednesday, with Winston Churchill gracing the first run.
The polymer note, carrying a value of £5 ($8.2, 6.0 euro), is to be released in 2016, Britain's central bank said in a statement, and will feature World War II prime minister Churchill.
A new £10 note featuring novelist Jane Austen to be issued a year later will also be made of polymer.
More than 25 other countries have flexible polymer banknotes, with at least seven using only plastic notes.