Glimpse into secret world of banknote printing via YouTube

Jo Francis
Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Bank of England and De La Rue have released a YouTube video that provides a glimpse into the production methods behind the new polymer £5 note.

The new banknote, which is smaller than the current £5 note, has been named ‘The New Fiver’ by the Bank.

The video (below) was released quietly on the same day that Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney revealed the design of the new note, and has not had many views as yet.

It is the first time the Bank of England or De La Rue have released a video like this into the public domain.

“In the past, we have had B roll footage that we’ve given out on request, but I believe this is the first time that we’ve produced a video that just focuses on the printing aspect and released it ourselves,” said a Bank spokeswoman.

The video shows the polymer substrate prior to and after printing. The substrate is made by Innovia Films in Cumbria and is manufactured with a special transparent window that forms part of the security features in the note.

It also shows the application of hologram foils, UV curing of the finished sheets of banknotes and guillotining into individual notes, while at the same time being careful not to reveal too many details about the process or equipment involved.

The New Fiver will enter circulation in September. 

"The making of The New Fiver" by the Bank of England

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