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Educational Material - Know Your Banknotes

The £50 note featuring Sir John Houblon on the reverse will be withdrawn from circulation on 30 April 2014.  For more information see the withdrawal of the Houblon £50 note page. 

Gaining and maintaining public confidence in the currency is a key role of the Bank of England. The Bank provides a range of information to help cash users identify genuine banknotes.

The following materials are available free of charge:

  • "take a closer look"
    - Booklet - covers all security features on the current banknotes
    - Z Card - credit card size leaflet - covers all security features on the current  banknotes
    - Posters - A3, A5 sizes
    - Film on DVD
    - Computer based training CD Rom
    - Deterrent Sticker

You can also download our Banknote App (free to download for both Apple and Android devices.

To order materials use the online order form or download the order form below and send by post to:

Banknote Education Team,
Notes Division,
Bank of England,
Threadneedle Street,
London EC2R 8AH

For telephone enquiries call 020 7601 4878.

Key Resources

 
Order Form (18KB)
"take a closer look" booklet (7.4MB)
An easy to follow guide about the security features on all current banknotes
"take a closer look" A3 poster (769KB)
Images of all current banknotes with a detailed security feature checklist.
"take a closer look" A5 poster (366KB)
Images of all current banknotes with a simple security feature checklist.
"take a closer look" booklet - Cymraeg (5.9MB)
An easy to follow guide in Welsh about the security features on all current banknotes.
Take A Closer Look Film
A short film guide to checking your banknotes (duration 10 minutes)
Withdrawal of the Houblon £50 Note - A4 poster (English) (4.2MB)
Withdrawal of the Houblon £50 note - A4 poster (Cymraeg) (4.2MB)
Banknotes and the promise to pay (407KB)
​A postcard from the Bank of England
Banknotes and security features (154KB)
A postcard from the Bank of England