• This website sets cookies on your device. To find out more about how we use cookies please refer to our Privacy and Cookie Policy. By continuing to use the site, we’ll assume that you are content for us to set these on your device.
  • Close
Home > Banknotes > Current Banknotes > £5 Note (Elizabeth Fry) - Design Features
 

£5 Note (Elizabeth Fry) - Design Features

Security Features  |  Design Features

£5 Note - Front £5 Note - Back

 

The £5 note, with a portrait of Elizabeth Fry on the back, is the lowest denomination in value and the smallest in size (approx. 135mm x 70mm).

Denomination numeral - there is a large number 5 and £ symbol in the top left corner of the front of the note to assist easy recognition of its value. There is also a slightly smaller number 5 in the top right corner. Recognition symbol – for the partially sighted, the £5 note has a densely coloured turquoise circle on the front.

Recognition symbol – for the partially sighted, the £5 note has a densely coloured turquoise circle on the front.

Unique numbering – a unique number is printed horizontally and vertically on the front of the £5 note. The horizontal number is in the top left corner and consists of multicoloured letters and numbers, increasing in height from left to right. The vertical number runs down the right side and has letters and numbers that are the same height and colour.

The main illustration shows Elizabeth Fry reading to prisoners at Newgate.Copyright symbols –the international copyright symbol is included on the front and the back of the £5 note, around the edge of the watermark area.

Historical character - Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845). The images on the back of the note are related to the life and work of this social reformer. The main illustration shows Elizabeth Fry reading to prisoners at Newgate. In recognition of her work she was awarded the key to the prison and this is used in the design of the banknote.

Key Resources

"take a closer look" Booklet - English (7.4MB)
An easy to follow guide about the security features on all current banknotes.

"take a closer look" Booklet - Cymraeg (5.9MB)
An easy to follow guide about the security features on all current banknotes.