Dates of Bank of England notes issued and withdrawn since 1980.
||Character on back of note
||Duke of Wellington
||Sir Edward Elgar
||Sir Christopher Wren
||Sir John Houblon
||Matthew Boulton and James Watt
Some banks, building societies, and Post Offices may still accept the most recent of the notes withdrawn from circulation for deposit to customer accounts or exchange for current series notes.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All Bank of England notes from which legal tender status has been withdrawn remain payable at face value forever at the Bank of England in London.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See the exchanging Bank of England banknotes withdrawn from circulation page for more information.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.