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Banknote Statistics

 

 

Stock of Notes in Circulation at end-February (value)
(£ millions) 

 

  £5 £10 £20 £50 Other
notes*
Total
2004 1,025 5,714 20,070 5,742 3,465 36,016
2005 1,054 5,670 21,649 6,082 960 35,415
2006 1,051 5,591 22,690 6,510 1,071 36,913
2007 1,100 5,886 23,740 6,705 1,018 38,449
2008 1,242 6,115 25,649 7,526 4,447 44,979
2009 1,302 6,304 28,089 8,691 4,222 48,608
2010 1,245 6,399 30,048 9,248 3,280 50,220
2011
1,355
6,493
30,973
9,940
3,433
52,194
​2012 ​1,477 ​6,841 ​33,129 ​9,899 ​3,575 ​54,921
​2013 ​1,526 ​7,234 ​35,163 ​10,323 ​3,776 ​58,022
​2014 ​1,540 ​7,182 ​36,483 ​11,025 ​3,967 ​60,198
​2015 ​1,601 ​7,371 ​38,912 ​11,788 ​4,118 63,789​
​2016 ​1,645 ​7,767 ​​41,037 ​13,157 4​,212​ 67,819
* includes higher value notes used as backing for the note issues of authorised banks in Scotland and Northern Ireland

 


 

Stock of Notes in Circulation at end-February (number of notes)
(Millions of notes) 

 

  £5 £10 £20 £50 Total
2004 205 571 1,004 115 1,895
2005 211 567 1,082 122 1,982
2006 210 559 1,135 130 2,034
2007 220 589 1,187 134 2,130
2008 248 612 1,282 151 2,293
2009 260 630 1,404 174 2,469
2010 249 640 1,502 185 2,576
2011
271
649
1,549
199
2,668
​2012 ​295 ​684 ​1,656 ​198 2,834
​2013 ​305 ​723 ​1,758 ​207 2,993
​2014 ​308 ​718 ​1,824 ​221 ​3,071
​2015 ​320 ​737 ​1,946 ​236 ​3,239
​2016 ​329 777​​ 2,052 263​​ 3,421​

 

 

Production of Bank of England banknotes
(Millions of notes) 

 

  £5 £10 £20 £50 Total
2003/04 179 270 276 24 749
2004/05 194 510 136 0 840
2005/06 110 370 468 30 978
2006/07 70 128 271 0 469
2007/08 18 92 882 20 1,012
2008/09 338 400 498 62 1,298
2009/10 183 300 768 118 1,369
2010/11
266
456
568
0
1,290
​2011/12 ​132 ​384 ​200 ​278 ​994
​2012/13 ​130 ​620 ​560 ​0 ​1,310
​2013/14 232 ​250 ​380 ​90 ​952
​2014/15 221 ​210 ​340 ​72 ​843
​2015/16 256​​ 274​​ 144​​ 0​​ 674​​

 

 

Issue of Bank of England banknotes by value
(£ Millions) 

 

  £5 £10 £20 £50 Total
2003/04 1,545 3,367 4,589 525 10,027
2004/05 534 2,978 6,363 608 10,482
2005/06 314 2,287 6,825 331 9,757
2006/07 532 3,233 6,551 658 10,973
2007/08 812 3,298 14,416 921 19,447
2008/09 749 3,250 11,718 1,550 17,267
2009/10 655 2,856 9,242 1,312 14,065
2010/11
975
3,033
8,308
1,139
13,455
​2011/12 ​1,271 ​3,520 ​6,277 ​2,832 ​13,900
​2012/13 ​440 ​2,844 ​5,959 ​4,461 ​13,704
​2013/14 ​793 ​2,141 ​5,281 ​2,260 ​10,474
​2014/15 ​869 ​2,433 ​6,202 ​2,165 ​11,668
​2015/16 977​​ ​5,683 5,056​​ 1,831​​ 13,547​​

 

 

Issue of Bank of England banknotes by number of notes
(Millions of notes) 

 

  £5 £10 £20 £50 Total
2003/04 309 337 229 11 886
2004/05 107 298 318 12 735
2005/06 63 229 341 7 639
2006/07 106 323 328 13 770
2007/08 162 330 721 18 1,231
2008/09 150 325 586 31 1,092
2009/10 131 286 462 26 905
2010/11
195
303
415
23
936
​2011/12 ​254 ​352 ​314 ​57 ​977
​2012/13 ​88 ​284 ​298 ​89 ​760
​2013/14 ​159 ​214 ​264 ​45 ​682
​2014/15 174​ ​243 ​310 ​43 ​770
​2015/16 ​195 568​​ 253​​ 37​​ 1,053​​

 

 

Destruction of Bank of England banknotes by value
(£ Millions) 

 

  £5 £10 £20 £50 Total
2003/04 585 3,303 4,600 116 8,604
2004/05 768 2,154 4,031 107 7,059
2005/06 485 2,798 5,295 303 8,881
2006/07 674 3,085 5,468 320 9,547
2007/08 945 3,121 10,520 344 14,930
2008/09 754 3,044 7,423 191 11,412
2009/10 735 2,933 8,664 400 12,732
2010/11
746
3,000
13,131
364
17,241
​2011/12 ​658 ​2,947 ​4,454 ​860 ​8,918
​2012/13 ​919 ​2,463 ​3,967 ​10,854 ​18,203
​2013/14 ​927 ​2,811 ​3,821 ​1,874 ​9,432
​2014/15 ​1,001 ​2,351 ​3,848 ​1,739 ​8,939
​2015/16 893​​ 5,250​​ 3,547 481​​ 10,172​​

 

 

Destruction of Bank of England banknotes by number of notes
(Millions of notes) 

 

  £5 £10 £20 £50 Total
2003/04 117 330 230 2 680
2004/05 154 215 202 2 573
2005/06 97 280 265 6 648
2006/07 135 309 273 6 723
2007/08 189 312 526 7 1,034
2008/09 151 304 371 4 830
2009/10 147 293 433 8 882
2010/11
149
300
657
7
1,113
​2011/12 ​132 ​295 ​223 ​17 ​666
​2012/13 ​184 ​246 ​198 ​217 ​845
​2013/14 ​185 ​281 ​191 ​37 694
​2014/15 ​200 ​235 ​192 ​35 ​662
​2015/16 179​​ 525​​ 177​​ 10​​ 891​​

 

Damaged or mutilated Bank of England note claims received 

  Reason for claim No of claims Value of claims (£Thousands)
2003 Torn/part notes
17,156
£782
  Chewed/eaten
4,385
£83
  Washed
3,491
£98
  Contaminated
2,256
£19,746
  Fire/flood damage
1,629
£636
   
Total: 28,917
Total: £21,345
       
2004 Torn/part notes
17,220
£1,135
  Chewed/eaten
4,272
£86
  Washed
3,238
£89
  Contaminated
2,869
£26,460
  Fire/flood damage
1,579
£761
   
Total: 29,178
Total: £28,531
       
2005 Torn/part notes
20,756
£1,955
  Chewed/eaten
4,692
£98
  Washed
3,441
£88
  Contaminated
3,242
£37,557
  Fire/flood damage
1,521
£905
   
Total: 33,652
Total: £40,603
       
2006 Torn/part notes
21,755
£2,244
  Chewed/eaten
4,956
£103
  Washed
3,274
£87
  Contaminated
4,116
£35,571
  Fire/flood damage
1,424
£905
   
Total: 35,525
Total: £38,910
       
2007 Torn/part notes
19,788
£2,303
  Chewed/eaten
4,748
£92
  Washed
2,826
£73
  Contaminated
4,295
£35,381
  Fire/flood damage
1,454
£2,407
   
Total: 33,111
Total: £40,256
       
2008 Torn/part notes
19,235
£2,116
  Chewed/eaten
4,916
£113
  Washed
2,529
£82
  Contaminated
4,287
£30,635
  Fire/flood damage
1,451
£1,026
   
Total: 32,418
Total: £33,972
       
2009 Torn/part notes
18,203
£2,701
  Chewed/eaten
5,185
£114
  Washed
2,433
£75
  Contaminated
4,239
£21,970
  Fire/flood damage
1,443
£810
   
Total: 31,503
Total: £25,670
       
2010 Torn/part notes 17,289 £3,315
  Chewed/eaten 5,324 £111
  Washed 2,257 £75
  Contaminated 3,728 £13,932
  Fire/flood damage 1,495 £1,348
    Total: 30,093 Total: £18,781
​2011 ​Torn/part notes ​13,873 ​£3,331
​Chewed/eaten ​5,478 ​£146
​Washed ​2,099 ​£80
​Contaminated ​2,998 ​£10,921
​Fire/flood damage ​1,236 ​£732
Total: 25,684 Total: £15,210
​2012 ​Torn/part notes ​12,984 ​£2,955
​Chewed/eaten ​5,740 ​£131
Washed​ ​2,082 ​£65
​Contaminated 2,644​ ​£9,015
​Fire/flood damaged ​1,189 ​£1,218
​Total: 24,639 Total: £13,384
​2013 ​Torn/part notes ​12,619 ​£2,423
​Chewed/eaten ​5,815 ​£124
​Washed ​2,072 ​£66
​Contaminated ​2,727 ​£9,400
​Fire/flood damaged ​1,182 ​£544
​Total: 24,415 ​Total: £12,557
​2014 ​Torn/part notes ​11,328 ​£2,337
​Chewed/eaten ​5,703 ​£127
​Washed ​1,967 ​£57
​Contaminated ​2,962 ​£7,306
​Fire/flood damaged ​1,133 ​£1,051
Total: 23,093 Total: £10,878
​2015 ​Torn/part notes ​10,671 ​£1,871
​Chewed/eaten ​5,364 ​£128
​Washed ​1,801 ​£61
​Contaminated ​2,912 ​£8,653
​Fire/Flood Damaged ​997 ​£543
Total: 21,745 Total: £11,256

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