New plastic fivers selling for more than £200

New fiver £5 Bank of England Get Surrey

They've been in circulation for less than a fortnight.

Collectors have realised that as the Bank of England's first ever plastic note, some of them are actually going to be quite special.

The new plastic £5 notes, which entered circulation last week, are selling for more than 160 times their face value on eBay.

You could be quids in if you have one with a serial number starting AA01, followed by a six-digit number.

Each unique number can be found twice on the reverse side of the note - which features a portrait of Sir Winston Churchill - on the left hand side and the bottom right.

The first note, AA01 000001, was donated to the Queen but there are 999,999 other fivers carrying the all-important AA01 prefix.

If it begins with AA01, you've got a first press fiver!

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Joe Giddens- WPA Pool Getty Images

Either visit a cashpoint that dispenses a fiver, head to your bank or spend in cash over the next few weeks to boost your chances of getting one.

However, you can make some money on your new bank note, as some people are forking out as much as £200 to get their grubby paws on one.

Mr Scrase said he would spend the money on adding to his collection of United States banknotes.

The new notes are durable and cleaner than paper ones while also being harder to fake. They can survive a splash of claret, a flick of cigar ash and the nip of a bulldog, he claimed.

Or, if you're in London, go to the Bank of England and see the people at the bank note exchange desk, where you can swap old fivers for new ones.

The old fiver, featuring prison reformer Elizabeth Fry, will continue to be valid until May 5, 2017.

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