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Home > Banknotes > £5 Note (Elizabeth Fry) - Security Features

£5 Note (Elizabeth Fry) - Security Features

Security Features  |  Design Features

£5 Front£5 back

Feel of the PaperFeel of the paper - banknotes are printed on special paper that gives them their unique feel.
Raised printRaised print - by running your finger across the front of the £5 note you can feel raised print in areas such as the words 'Bank of England'.
ThreadMetallic thread - there is a metallic thread embedded in every banknote. This appears as silver dashes on the back of the £5 note. If you hold the note up to the light the metallic thread will appear as a continous dark line.
WatermarkWatermark - hold the £5 note up to the light and you will see an image of the Queen’s portrait.
Quality of the PrintingPrint Quality - the printed lines and colours on the £5 note are sharp, clear and free from smudges or blurred edges.
Micro-lettering Microlettering - using a magnifying glass, look closely at the lettering beneath the Queen’s portrait on the £5 note - you will see the value of the note written in small letters and numbers.
Fluorescent featureUltra-violet feature - if you look at the front of the £5 note under a good quality ultra-violet light, the number 5 appears in bright red and green whilst the background remains dull in contrast.
HologramHologram - there is a hologram on the foil patch on the front of the £5 note. If you tilt the note, the image will change between a brightly coloured picture of Britannia and the number 5.

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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.