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Current Banknotes

There are currently four different denominations of Bank of England notes in circulation.

A new polymer £10 note was issued on 14 September 2017. Find out more at the New £10 Note website. A new polymer £20 note will be issued in 2020.

Denomination Note Series Character on back of note Date issued
Polymer £5 G Sir Winston Churchill 13.09.2016
Polymer £10 G Jane Austen 14.09.2017
Paper £10 E (variant) Charles Darwin 07.11.2000
Paper £20 F Adam Smith 13.03.2007
Paper £50 F Matthew Boulton and James Watt 02.11.2011

Click on any image below and learn more about the respective security and design features of each note.

£10 features £20 features
£50 features

Security features help you to identify genuine banknotes.  Take your time to check your notes, particularly if light conditions are poor or you are handling a large number of notes. Look for the security features described in these pages.
Look at the note, and feel the note. Do not rely on one single feature. If you have doubts, compare the note with one that you know to be genuine.
There are some counterfeit notes about. They are completely worthless. Don’t get caught out – protect yourself and check your banknotes when you receive them.

It is a criminal offence to keep or pass on a note that you know to be counterfeit.
If you have a note that you believe is a counterfeit you must take it to the police as soon as you can. They will provide you with a receipt and send the counterfeit to the Bank for analysis. If the note is genuine reimbursement will be made in full.

Under the Currency & Banknotes Act 1928 it is illegal to deface our banknotes (by printing, writing or impressing upon them words, letters or figures, etc.). The Bank of England’s damaged banknote exchange policy relates to those notes that have been accidentally damaged.

Key Resources

The New £10 Note leaflet
A detailed easy-to-follow guide about the security features on the new polymer £10 issued on 14 September 2017

English | Cymraeg

"take a closer look" Booklet
An easy to follow guide about the security features on all current banknotes

English | Cymraeg 



 The New Ten