Would you like gravy on that 5 pound note?


Eat your meat takes on new significance with Britain’s movement to a new £5  banknote that contains traces of tallow. Tallow, which is made from beef or mutton fat, is also commonly used in candles and soap. Apparently, some  vegetarians are objecting to this use of animal fat; consequently, I would like to volunteer my services to take these tainted banknotes off their hands. Please send them to me in stacks of 100!

For more details on this new banknote, see The New £5 Note Contains Animal Fat – And Vegetarians Are Furious and Vegans Are Pissed That Britain’s New Money Contains Meat.

November 30, 2016: Good news! Canadians can eat their money too. See Canada’s Money Is Made of Meat Too.

November 30, 2016: Here’s a more complete list of countries with meat in their money:

  • Australia – First issued 1988
  • Brunei – First issued 1996
  • Canada – First issued 2011
  • Chile – First issued 2004
  • Costa Rica – First issued 2011
  • Dominican Republic – First issued 2010
  • Guatemala – First issued 2007
  • Honduras – First issued 2010
  • Hong Kong – First issued 2007
  • Malaysia – First issued 1998
  • Mauritania – First issued 2014
  • Mauritius – First issued 2013
  • Mexico – First issued 2002
  • Mozambique – First issued 2011
  • New Zealand – First issued 1999
  • Nicaragua – First issued 2009
  • Nigeria – First issued 2007
  • Papua New Guinea – First issued 1991
  • Paraguay – First issued 2009
  • Romania – First issued 1999
  • Singapore – First issued 1991
  • United Kingdom – First issued 2016
  • Vanuatu – First issued 2010
  • Vietnam – First issued 2001

Source: 24 Countries Where the Money Contains Meat


About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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