This is our second-largest banknote, measuring approximately 149mm x 80mm.
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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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.
Hold the £20 note up to the light to see the Queen's portrait and a bright £20.
Watermark on the front and back of the twenty pound note
Holographic strip on the twenty pound note
The special paper gives our banknotes their unique feel.
You will feel raised print in areas such as the words 'Bank of England' and in the bottom right corner, around the number 20.
Raised print on the twenty pound note
Close up vs magnified on the twenty pound note
Metallic thread on the back of the twenty pound note
The printed lines and colours are sharp, clear and free from smudges or blurred edges.
Clear vs blurred on the twenty pound note
Close up vs magnified of the twenty pound note
Shapes added on the front and back of the twenty pound note