Check your tills and safe’s today as there are just a few days until paper tenners are part of history – The old £10 notes are going out of circulation on March 1.

This follows the old £5 notes which went out of circulation on May 5 last year to be replaced with the new polymer note. High street banks may stop exchanging them after the cut-off date but The Bank of England is legally obliged to.

The Royal Mint says that polymer makes them cleaner as they are more resistant to dirt and moisture, safer as they have enhanced security features and stronger as they are harder to destroy.

Polymer banknotes also last longer, so they are more environmentally friendly than paper banknotes.

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