This is our second-largest banknote, measuring approximately 149mm x 80mm.
Main denomination colour
The large number 20 and £ symbol in the top left corner of the front of the note help you easily see its value. There is also a number 20 in the top right corner and in the bottom right corner.
A unique serial number is printed horizontally and vertically on the back of the note. The horizontal numbers is in the bottom right corner. It is made up of multi-coloured letters and numbers, which increase in height from left to right. The vertical number runs down the left-hand side and the numbers and letters are the same height and colour.
The international copyright symbol is included on the front and the back of the £20 note. You can find it to the left of the holographic strip on the front of the note, and on the back under the words ‘Bank of England’.
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Historical character: Adam Smith
Adam Smith was an economist, philosopher and writer. The £20 features a portrait of Adam Smith, images of factory workers and a quote from one of his most famous books, ‘An inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations’. In this book, Smith used the example of workers in a pin factory to describe the benefits of division of labour.