The new Winston Churchill £5 polymer notes are now in circulation around the UK, but that doesn’t mean they’re easy to find.
Still considered rare at the moment, one Plymouth resident decided to list one of them on eBay, and the results were insane. The auction came to a close just days ago, and the note – serial number AK47 489327 – ultimately cost the buyer an unbelievable £50,000 (plus £2.50 for postage). The winner was the only individual to place a bid.
Just to be clear, the notes are absolutely 100% not worth that much money, and we’re not quite sure what motivated the buyer to make such an outrageous purchase.
Already, thousands of the new notes have already been auctioned on eBay. One seller sold three of the notes for over £460. But this one in particular, sold by user ‘8356alan’, is easily the most anybody has made selling £5 worth of cash. Before selling the currency, the guy had only sold some old clothes and toys.
The serial codes are where the real value is – the lower the serial code the more valuable the note. Supposedly, collectors are splashing out on new notes with codes beginning with AA01.