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The Bank of England has been issuing banknotes for over 300 years.

Confidence in our currency is important for keeping the economy functioning, so we make sure the notes we produce are high quality, durable and resistant to counterfeiting.

New £5 note: issued 13 September

Our new £5 note was issued on Tuesday 13 September.

The New Fiver is our first note to be made from polymer, a flexible plastic material, and it features Sir Winston Churchill.

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 on The New Fiver website.

J.M.W. Turner to appear on the next £20 banknote

​J.M.W. Turner to appear on the next
£20 banknote

In April, t​​he Governor announced at Turner Contemporary in Margate, that J.M.W. Turner will appear on the next £20 banknote due to be issued by 2020.

News release | The next £20 note

Moving to Polymer Banknotes

The new polymer £5 note was issued on 13 September 2016. The next £10 and £20 banknotes will also be printed on polymer. Polymer banknotes are cleaner, safer and stronger than paper banknotes.

Find out more about Polymer Banknotes

Your easy to follow guide to checking your banknotes - includes details of the polymer £5 note​
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