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£50 Note - Security Features

Security Features  |  Design Features

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Motion Thread - the motion thread on the £50 note is woven into the paper. It has five windows along its length which contain images of the £ symbol and the number 50. When the note is tilted from side to side, the images move up and down. When the note is tilted up and down, the images move from side to side and the number 50 and £ symbol switch.


Feel of the paperFeel of the paper - banknotes are printed on special paper that gives them their unique feel.
Raised PrintRaised print - by running your finger across the front of the £50 note you can feel raised print in areas such as the words 'Bank of England' and in the bottom right corner, around the number 50.
Metalic ThreadMetallic thread - the thread is embedded in the paper in every banknote. If you hold the note up to the light, the metallic thread appears as a continuous dark line.
WatermarkWatermark - hold the £50 note up to the light and you will see an image of the Queen's portrait together with a bright £50.
Print Quality Print Quality - the printed lines and colours on the £50 note are sharp, clear and free from smudges or blurred edges.
MicroletteringMicrolettering - using a magnifying glass, look closely at the lettering beneath the Queen's portrait on the £50 note - you will see the value of the note written in small letter and numbers.
Ultra-violet featureUltra-violet feature - if you look at the front of the £50 note under a good quality ultra-violet light the number 50 appears in bright red and green. The five windows of the motion thread also appear in bright green. Randomly spread bright red and green flecks are also visible on both the front and back of the note. The remainder of the note appears dull in contrast.
See-through RegisterSee-through register - hold the £50 note up to the light and you will see coloured irregular shapes printed on the front and back that combine to form the £ symbol.

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Key Resources

"take a closer look" Booklet - English (7.4MB)
An easy to follow guide about the security features on all current banknotes.

"take a closer look" Booklet - Cymraeg (5.9MB)
An easy to follow guide about the security features on all current banknotes.