England's Paper Fiver Dies Today

By Gary Cutlack on at

Today's the day that the previous, vegan version of the Bank of England's five pound note ceases to be legal tender, with on-the-ball shops likely to refuse to take them from now on if you try to pay for your sad meal deal with one.

The good news is that if you have a secret stash of old fivers that you've been saving for a rainy day to use to buy drugs off the darknet or something they can still be redeemed, as the Bank of England will always honour its promise to pay the bearer of any old out-of-circulation money the equivalent face value in new notes.

The last English fiver was introduced back in 2002, when £5 was a lot of money and could've bought you a brand new Mini Metro, a flat in a new build in Manchester, 25 goes on an arcade machine or six cans of Stella.

The next exciting date for money enthusiasts is September 2017, when the BofE is releasing its new polymer tenner, featuring Gary Barlow and a hologram of the Starbucks logo. [Bank of England]

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