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Delivering the cash

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The life of a banknote ranges from about a year for the 5 note to five or more years for the 50 note.

The Note Circulation Scheme distributes these banknotes around the country.

The money is held in depots, or cash centres, by the commercial banks, Cash in Transit companies or the Post Office.

The currency is counted and packed into trays before being delivered to branches or cash machines.

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