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A sample polymer ten GB pound banknote is seen on display at the Bank of England in London

A sample polymer ten GB pound banknote is seen on display at the Bank of England in London September 10, 2013. The Bank of England is moving closer to ditching paper pounds and switching to plastic banknotes instead. The central bank said on Tuesday it would ask the public its opinion before taking a decision in December on whether to adopt polymer pounds which also would be smaller than current notes. REUTERS/Chris Ratcliffe/pool (BRITAIN - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)

Confirmed: Polymer banknotes coming to UK

The next £5 and £10 banknotes will be printed on polymer, a thin and flexible plastic film, rather than the current cotton paper - The Bank of England has confirmed.