Last week the Bank of England launched its first ever plastic banknote. And they are already fetching HUNDREDS of pounds online.
The notes have already proved popular with the public, but now they might even be worth a LOT more than £5.
The new £5 notes are printed on Polymer – a thin and flexible plastic material. This means that these new notes are cleaner, safer and stronger than paper notes and feature added security features.
Now’s the time to check your fiver to see if you have one of the first notes to be printed!
The first banknotes to be printed will carry a serial number starting with AA01 and will then be followed by a six-digit number.
The serial number of the first note printed is AA01 000001 which was given as a gift to the Queen.
440million of the notes have been printed and distribution into banks and cash machines is expected to be completed by the end of next week. There are 999,999 new fivers with the AA01 prefix, so you never know, there’s still a chance to find one with a special serial number.
On 3rd October, the Bank of England is auctioning off a batch of low serial number banknotes. The lowest number Bank of England polymer £5 available to the public is expected to fetch a staggering £800 – £1200 at the charity event.
So dig out that brand new fiver you’ve been keeping safe and see if you’ve won the low serial number lottery! You could be carrying a fortune around in your wallet!