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The Bank of England has been issuing banknotes for over 300 years. During that time, both the notes themselves and their role in society have undergone continual change. From today's perspective, it is commonly accepted that a note that costs a few pence to produce is worth five, ten, twenty or fifty pounds.
Maintaining confidence in the currency is a key role of the Bank of England and one which is essential to the proper functioning of the economy.

Moving to Polymer Banknotes

The next £5, £10 and £20 banknotes will be printed on polymer. The new £5 note will be issued in September 2016, the £10 note will be issued in 2017 and the £20 note by 2020.

Find out more about Polymer Banknotes

Current Banknotes

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

Find out more about Current Banknotes

Flood Damaged Banknotes

Bank of England banknotes affected by flood water should be sent to the Mutilated Notes Dept at the Bank of England, Leeds with a completed FORM BEMN.

Find out more about Damaged and Mutilated Banknotes
​ ​For all coin enquiries please contact the Royal Mint on 01443 222 111.

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