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Home > Banknotes > Withdrawn Banknotes

Withdrawn Banknotes

Dates of Bank of England notes issued and withdrawn since 1980.
Note Series Character on back of note Date issued Date withdrawn
£1 D Isaac Newton 09.02.1978 11.03.1988
£5 D Duke of Wellington 11.11.1971 29.11.1991
£5 E George Stephenson 07.06.1990 21.11.2003
£5 E (variant) Elizabeth Fry 21.05.2002 Current note
£10 D Florence Nightingale 20.02.1975 20.05.1994
£10 E Charles Dickens 29.04.1992 31.07.2003
£10 E (variant) Charles Darwin 07.11.2000 Current note
£20 D William Shakespeare 09.07.1970 19.03.1993
£20 E Michael Faraday 05.06.1991 28.02.2001
£20 E (variant) Sir Edward Elgar 22.06.1999 30.06.2010
£20 F Adam Smith 13.03.2007 Current note
£50 D Sir Christopher Wren 20.03.1981 20.09.1996
£50 E Sir John Houblon 20.04.1994 30.04.2014
£50 F Matthew Boulton and James Watt 02.11.2011 Current note

Some banks, building societies, and Post Offices may still accept the most recent of the notes withdrawn from circulation for deposit to customer accounts or exchange for current series notes. However, agreeing to exchange these notes is at the discretion of the individual institution.

All Bank of England notes from which legal tender status has been withdrawn remain payable at face value forever at the Bank of England in London. Any such notes may be presented for payment either in person during business hours, or sent to us by post.

See the exchanging Bank of England banknotes withdrawn from circulation page for more information.

You may wish to contact the Bank before making a special journey to check that the Public Counter will be open at the time of your planned visit.

If you have a damaged or mutilated banknote, see the 'Damaged/Mutilated Banknotes' link under Related Links on the right.