To help people with visual impairments distinguish between denominations, the notes will still have tiered sizing and include bold numeral and similar colour palettes to the current notes.
In addition, polymer ten pound notes and twenty pound notes will each have a tactile feature created by a series of raised dots, and the five pound note will be distinguishable by the absence of this feature.
The new plastic five pound note will go into circulation around September 13, with four hundred and forty million notes being printed. After this date paper five pound notes will be gradually withdrawn from circulation as they are banked by retailers and businesses. Paper five pound notes can be spent as usual until May 2017, after which they will cease to be legal tender.
For the last three hundred years, Brits have been content with paper money but not anymore as the nation follows countries such as Canada and Australia in the plastic wonga revolution.
This is just the beginning - this note will be followed by a plastic ten pound note featuring Jane Austin in the summer of 2017, as well as a twenty pound note featuring J.M.W Turner in 2020.