The Treasury has announced that the £50 note, beloved of forgers and ballers, will be going polymer like the others – and we get to pick who's on the new one.
The Treasury's Twitter account bafflingly included a video of the current paper note's security features with the announcement, but the new one will indeed be plastic, to the ire of Greenpeace types and fish everywhere.
🚨 Breaking 🚨 Your £50 notes will be going plastic just like the £5, £10 and £20 notes 💷
There are 330 million £50 notes in circulation (worth £16.5 billion)
— HM Treasury (@hmtreasury) October 13, 2018
The new version will be more secure than the paper one, although why it needs to exist is still beyond us. Apparently a public consultation about whether the note, introduced in 1981, should be ditched concluded that people really want their fifties – National Lottery ads and drug dealers' suitcases of cash wouldn't be the same without it, we guess.
As for the consultation to see who should be on the new £50, some of the public suggestions on Twitter so far include:
- Princess Diana
- Stephen Hawking
- Gareth Southgate
- David Bowie
- Alan Turing
Only one woman in there, and it's... Princess Diana. Not sure the Queen would be delighted to have Di's face next to hers.
Who do you want on the new fiddy? Let us know in the comments. [Huffington Post]
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