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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.

We have unveiled our first polymer note

​Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has unveiled the design of the new £5 note which will be issued on 13 September 2016. The New Fiver is the first Bank of England note to be printed on polymer, a thin flexible plastic, and will feature Sir Winston Churchill.
​Visit 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 next £5, £10 and £20 banknotes will be printed on polymer. The new £5 note will be issued on 13 September 2016. 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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