The new £5 note has a major grammar blunder…But have you spotted it?

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.”

The Bank of England’s original concept design for the new £5 note included double quotation marks around Winston Churchill’s words CREDIT: Bank of England.

However the final £5 note design that was released into circulation does not include the quotation marks or full stop.

The new polymer fiver does not include quotation marks or a 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!


  1. Derek on May 13, 2017 at 7:18 am

    The new 12 sided pound coins, will there be any issued with 2017 date

  2. diane67blog on May 2, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Does this make them errors?

  3. Amanda Dolman on April 28, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    I have 3 0f the five pound notes without quotations and full stops.

    • Yasmin Britton on April 28, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      Hi Amanda, all the new £5 notes in circulation do not feature quotation marks or full stops. Hope this helps. Thanks, Yasmin