Beware counterfeit £5 notes in circulation

Warwickshire Police have issued a warning that counterfeit £5 notes are in circulation and have released some advice to help identify genuine notes.

Here are six ways to make sure your £5 is genuine:

  • Check the see-through window and portrait of Queen Elizabeth
  • Check Big Ben is gold on the front of the fiver and silver on the back
  • Make sure the foil patch changes from “Five” to “Pounds” you tilt it
  • Check the crown appears to be 3D when you wiggle the note
  • Use ultra-violet light to check if the “5” appears on the bottom left of the note
  • Check the green foil patch contains the word Blenheim


If you’d like to read the advice on the Warwickshire Police website, please visit:

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