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Home > Banknotes > Polymer £5 Note (Sir Winston Churchill) – Design Features

Polymer £5 Note (Sir Winston Churchill) – Design Features

​Security Features | Design Features

Polymer £5 Front Polymer £5 Back

Our polymer £5 note was issued on 13 September 2016.

You can continue to spend paper £5 notes as usual until 5 May 2017. After this they will cease to be legal tender.

Find out all you need to know about the new £5 note at

The polymer £5 note, with the portrait of Sir Winston Churchill on the back, is the lowest denomination in value and smallest in size (approx. 125mm x 65mm).

Denomination numeral - there is a large number 5 and £ symbol in the top left corner on the front of the note to help you easily see its value. There is also a slightly smaller number 5 in the top right corner.

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

Copyright symbols - the international copyright symbol is included on the front and back of the polymer £5 note. This can be found below the ‘Five Pounds’ wording on the front and back of the note.

Historical character -  Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965). Winston Churchill was one of the greatest statesmen of all time, and is the only Prime Minister to win the Nobel Prize for literature.

Key Resources

New Fiver leaflet (3.8MB)
A detailed easy-to-follow guide about the security features on the new polymer £5 note, issued September 2016.
English | Cymraeg

"take a closer look" Booklet (13MB)
An easy-to-follow guide to the security features on all current banknotes.
English | Cymraeg