There are currently four different denominations of Bank of England notes in circulation.
The new polymer £5 note was issued on Tuesday 13 September 2016. Find out more at www.thenewfiver.co.uk.
You can continue to spend paper £5 notes as usual until 5 May 2017. After this they will cease to be legal tender.
A new polymer £10 note will be issued in summer 2017, and a new polymer £20 note by 2020.
||Character on back of note
||Date issued |
||Sir Winston Churchill
||Matthew Boulton and James Watt
Click on any image below and learn more about the respective security and design features of each note.
Security features help you to identify genuine banknotes. Take your time to check your notes, particularly if light conditions are poor or you are handling a large number of notes. Look for the security features described in these pages.
Look at the note, and feel the note. Do not rely on one single feature. If you have doubts, compare the note with one that you know to be genuine.
There are some counterfeit notes about. They are completely worthless. Don’t get caught out – protect yourself and check your banknotes when you receive them.
It is a criminal offence to keep or pass on a note that you know to be counterfeit.
If you have a note that you believe is a counterfeit you must take it to the police as soon as you can. They will provide you with a receipt and send the counterfeit to the Bank for analysis. If the note is genuine reimbursement will be made in full.