How have British payments changed in the Queen’s 90 years?

The Queen’s 90th birthday (Happy Birthday!) provides the perfect opportunity for us to look back on how British payments have evolved in that time.

Starting with the day of her birth, April 21st, 1926, this infographic from Gemalto traces how the changes in royalty changed British coins and banknotes. How 1966 wasn’t only a momentous year in British football but also in payments as Barclays introduced the first UK credit card (a month before the World Cup Final) and the introduction of the Chip-and-PIN cards, which had their very own birth recently.




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