Credit and debit cards make up nearly a quarter of all our spending, according to a recent Payments Council report. But just what do we know about the history of our trusty plastic?

While coins for use as cash payment have been around since 600BC, credit cards are a much more recent phenomenon, though their history dates back further than you may think.

The infographic below was produced by Sainsbury’s Bank to help unravel the history of credit cards.

History of credit cards from Sainsburys Bank

History of credit cards by Sainsbury’s Bank

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