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Sir Winston Churchill Banknote

​The Bank of England Governor, Sir Mervyn King, announced on 26 April that Sir Winston Churchill will appear on the next Bank of England banknote.
Sir Winston Churchill Banknote Concept


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 plan is for the Churchill note to be issued as a £5 note, and that it shall be issued during 2016; but those choices may be reviewed as plans for issuing the new note are finalised.  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.

Further details on the full design of the new note will be revealed when the new note is launched, together with a full promotion and awareness campaign.

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

 Victoria Cleland talks about the process for producing a new banknote
Victoria Cleland (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.

For further information
Tel:020 7601 4878