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Sir Winston Churchill Banknote

​The Bank of England Governor, Sir Mervyn King, announced on 26 April 2013 that Sir Winston Churchill will appear on the next Bank of England banknote.
View more images of the new polymer £5 note on Flickr
Commenting on the choice, the Governor said: “Our banknotes acknowledge the life and work of great Britons.  Sir Winston Churchill was a truly great British leader, orator and writer.  Above that, he remains a hero of the entire free world.  His energy, courage, eloquence, wit and public service are an inspiration to us all.  I am proud to announce that he will appear on our next banknote.”

The Churchill note will be a £5 note printed on polymer and will be issued in September 2016.  Features of the design on the reverse of the note will include:
  • A portrait of Winston Churchill from a photograph taken in Ottawa by Yousuf Karsh on 30 December 1941 - © Yousuf Karsh/Camera Press.
  • A view of Westminster and the Elizabeth Tower from the South Bank looking across Westminster Bridge - © Abi Daker.
  • The image of the Elizabeth Tower with the hands of the Great Clock at 3 o’clock – the approximate time on 13 May 1940 when Sir Winston Churchill declared in a speech to the House of Commons: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” This declaration is quoted beneath the portrait.
  • A background image of the Nobel Prize medal which he was awarded in 1953 for literature, together with the wording of the prize citation.  The trademark Nobel Prize® is reproduced with permission from the Nobel Foundation.

On 2 June, full details of the design and security features were revealed.  Find out more information at

 Sir Winston Churchill to appear on next Bank of England banknote
Chris Salmon (then Chief Cashier) talks about the choice of Churchill, the design of the note and when it will come into circulation
26 April 2013

 Victoria Cleland talks about the process for producing a new banknote
Victoria Cleland (then Head of Notes Division) talks about the stages involved in producing a new banknote, from choosing the character and security features to the final awareness campaign
26 April 2013

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