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Britain's 5-Pound Note Will Now Be Made Of Plastic

A Bank of England employee shows the new five pound note at the Bank of England Museum in London, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. (Frank Augstein/AP)
A Bank of England employee shows the new five pound note at the Bank of England Museum in London, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. (Frank Augstein/AP)
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Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here & Now podcast or with the WBUR app.

The Bank of England introduced a new plastic five pound note this week, following a growing number of other countries including Nicaragua, Canada, Singapore and New Zealand.

The new banknotes are made from a polymer that was first developed for use in Australia. They're cleaner, stronger and last longer than the old paper notes.

Here & Now's Lisa Mullins speaks with the BBC's Russell Padmore about "the new fiver."

Here's a Bank of England video about the updated note:

Guest

Russell Padmore, business correspondent for the BBC.

This segment aired on September 16, 2016. The audio for this segment is not available.

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