paying by plastic - literally

    Australia was the first country to have all polymer banknotes, but the rest of the world is
    Paper banknotes wear out quickly, particularly if they get wet. They are also fairly easy to counterfeit despite security measures, such as watermarks and having metallic threads within the notes. The emergence of colour photocopiers and scanners has made it easier to reproduce paper money.
    A great Aussie solution
    John Flynn on the reverse side of a polymer Australian $20 note
    Reverse of Australian $20 Note. John Flynn created the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Image courtesy Reserve Bank of Australia.

    CSIRO and Note Printing Australia (part of the Reserve Bank of Australia) developed polymer money. The world's first polymer banknote was the $10 commemorative note issued in January 1988 to mark the Australian Bicentenary. By 1996, all Australians were using plastic money, and that doesn't mean whipping out their credit cards! The new bills are much more durable and have proven a challenge for counterfeiters.
    starting to follow our lead. Note Printing Australia has produced banknotes for Thailand, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Kuwait, Western Samoa, Singapore, Brunei, Sri Lanka and New Zealand.

    Blank polymer substrate is also sold to a number of countries that print bank notes using their own facilities. The material is supplied by Securency Pty Ltd, a joint venture between the Reserve Bank of Australia and Innovia Films. Together with CSIRO, they are pushing towards better polymer substrates and new tricks to outsmart counterfeiters.…tml


    Arn't bank notes made from cotton, not paper?

    We have plastic fivers in Norn Iron. Legal tender in the rest of the UK BTW.


    We have plastic fivers in Norn Iron. Legal tender in the rest of the UK … We have plastic fivers in Norn Iron. Legal tender in the rest of the UK BTW.

    incorrect, not even technically legal tender in northern ireland but are accepted therefore many people believe they are. But to spend them in the rest of the UK all you need to say is that the notes have sterling on them and hey presto they get accepted :-D

    From wilkipedia:
    In Scotland and Northern Ireland no banknotes, not even ones issued in those countries, are legal tender.[9] Scottish and Northern Irish notes are 'promissory notes' (defined as legal currency), essentially cheques made out from the bank to 'the bearer', as the wording on each note says. They have a similar legal standing to cheques or debit cards, in that their acceptability as a means of payment is essentially a matter for agreement between the parties involved, although Scots law requires any reasonable offer for settlement of a debt to be accepted.
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