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Home > Banknotes > Withdrawal of the Houblon £50 Note

Withdrawal of the Houblon £50 Note

Houblon £50 note front£50 banknotes carrying the portrait of Sir John Houblon will be withdrawn from circulation on 30 April 2014.

From that time, only the £50 banknote featuring Matthew Boulton and James Watt, which was introduced in 2011, will hold legal tender status.

Members of the public who have Houblon £50 notes can
continue to use them up to and including the 30 April.Houblon £50 note back

After that date, general retailers are unlikely to accept the Houblon notes as payment.  However, most banks and building societies will continue to accept them for deposit to customer accounts.  Agreeing to exchange notes after 30 April is at the discretion of individual institutions.

Barclays, NatWest, RBS, Ulster Bank and the Post Office have all agreed to exchange Houblon £50 notes for members of the public - up to the value of £200 - until 30 October 2014.

The Bank of England will continue to exchange Houblon £50 notes after 30 April, as it would for any other Bank of England note which no longer has legal tender status.

 What to do with old 'Houblon' £50 notes
A short video with Victoria Cleland, Head of Notes Division

Details of the Houblon £50 withdrawal are also included on posters highlighting the 30 April withdrawal date. Copies of these are available free of charge by either calling 020 7601 4878, using our
online order form, or downloaded in PDF format below.

For more information see our withdrawal of the Houblon £50 note frequently asked questions.