May 28, 2002
paging nicholson baker

The Bank of England has suspended distrubution of the new 5 pound note because the serial numbers rub off. Seems that a "a secret coating, designed to reduce wear and tear and extend the life of the note" may be the cause. The concatenation of new and old fails yet again.

Posted by dbrown at May 28, 2002 03:54 PM
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