The Bank of England has been accused of “dumbing down” after choosing to remove punctuation from a quote by Sir Winston Churchill printed on the new polymer £5 notes.
The original concept image for the new polymer £5 notes correctly included double quotation marks around the former prime minister’s famous saying: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”
However the final £5 note design that was released into circulation does not include the quotation marks or full stop.
The new Polymer £5 notes were issued in September and there are now around 400 million in circulation. You can find out everything you need to know about the polymer fiver here.
According to the Bank of England, the demand for cash continues to grow and the new polymer banknotes will shape the usage of cash in the future.
Did you know the new polymer banknotes are:
2017 marks 200 years since the death of Jane Austen – one of the best-loved English novelists of all time. And to celebrate such an inspirational female figure, the Bank of England have chosen to honour her on a brand new banknote.
The brand new £10 polymer banknote is due to be issued in September 2017 and you can find out more about the design here!