Only a fiver to you, guv…

NORTHERN Bank’s famous plastic fivers are appearing on ebay, as, according to the wit selling this one, they are “suddenly in short supply”. Quite.

Some of the blurb reads:

Polymer notes are becoming increasingly popular. Their enhanced security features makes counterfeiting more difficult. The Northern Bank note includes security features such as the feel of the polymer, which is distinctively smooth on non printed areas, its transparent windows, both clear and coloured on the corner of the note embossed with four Alpha (á) motives. The polymer note is also hardier than the paper note, often lasting up to four times longer before needing to be replaced.

The polymer £5 notes were available from Northern Bank branches across the Northern Ireland from 21 December 1999 onwards. They were never dispensed through Automated Teller Machines (as Northern Bank “AutoBank” ATMs do not dispense £5 notes). The Northern Bank plastic note is different from that issued by the Isle of Man in the 1970s, which was issued on Tyvek paper.

  • AndrewD

    £5 notes are scarce in general, mainly because most bank ATM machines do not despense them.

  • peteb

    Hmmm.. no hat-tip to Emily, Gonzo? 😉

  • Belfast Gonzo

    OK, but the plastic £5 notes have been on ebay since before the robbery…

  • peteb

    Not that particular one, Gonzo.. and there still haven’t been any bids for it. I guess linking it to a bank heist, even for promotional purposes, wasn’t such a good idea.. 😉

  • Belfast Gonzo

    What’s the betting that this story will be in the Irish News within two days? A fiver?


  • peteb

    Don’t accept less than £6, Gonzo 😉

  • Emily

    Maybe the perps are funneling the money through Arkansas?

    “Serial number on note you receive may differ from one shown in scan.” Hmmmm…

  • peteb

    Hmmmm indeed, Emily.

    Curiouser and curiouser.

  • Emily

    Surely the authorities are monitoring places like e-Bay to make sure they don’t get rid of the money that way? It *is* curious that the Arkansas seller is only offering the “buy now” option.

  • toronto

    Five-by-five money laundering: for the patient paramilitary.

    Anyhow, except this to show up in the AP in the near future, as every few days they find something quirky on E-Bay and make it news. “VIRGIN MARY ON BAGUETTE! L@@k!” etc.