£5 note

The polymer £5 note featuring Sir Winston Churchill entered circulation on 13 September 2016.
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Design features

Size

Approximately 125mm x 65mm.

Denomination numeral

The large number 5 and £ symbol in the top-left hand corner of the front of the note help you easily see its value. There is also a slightly smaller number 5 in the top-right corner.

Unique numbering

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.

Copyright symbols

The international copyright symbol is included on the front and back of the note, below the ‘Five pounds’ text.

Historical character: Sir Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill was one of the greatest statesmen of all time, and is the only prime minister to win the Nobel Prize for literature. The images on the back of the note show a view of Westminster, home of the UK government, and the Elizabeth Tower (containing Big Ben) from London’s South Bank, looking across Westminster Bridge. Also shown in the background image is the Nobel Prize medal, which Churchill was awarded in 1953, together with the wording of the prize citation. 

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Security features

See-through window

 

There is a large see-through window on the note. A clearly defined portrait of the Queen is printed on the window, with the words ‘£5 Bank of England’ twice around the edge.

Around the edge of the window is a coloured border, which changes from purple to green when you tilt the note. The £ symbol in the window also changes from purple to green. This effect can be seen on the front and back of the note.

Elizabeth Tower

There is a finely detailed metallic image of the Elizabeth Tower (also known as Big Ben) over the see-through window. The foil is gold on the front of the note and silver on the back. When you tilt the note, you will see a multi-coloured rainbow effect.

See-through window on the note

See-through window on the note

Foil patches

 

On the front of the note, below the see-through window, is a silver foil patch. When you tilt the note the word ‘Five’ changes to ‘Pounds’, and you will see a multi-coloured rainbow effect.

On the front of the note, above the see-through window, is a silver foil patch containing an image of the coronation crown, which appears 3D. When you tilt the note, you will see a multi-coloured rainbow effect.

Blenheim maze

The Marlborough maze at Blenheim Palace Estate (Churchill’s birthplace), originally designed by Mr. Adrian Fisher with assistance from Mr. Randoll Coate, is the inspiration for the green foil printed on the back of the note.

 

Foil patches on the front and back of the note

Foil patches on the front and back of the note

Check the polymer and the raised print

 

The £5 note is printed on polymer – a thin and flexible plastic. The words ‘Bank of England’ are printed in raised ink on the front of the note, there is also raised ink in the bottom right corner, around the number 5 

Raised print on the front of the note

Raised print on the front of the note

Print quality

 

The printed lines and colours on the note are sharp, clear and free from smudges or blurred edges.

Printed lines and colours on the note

Printed lines and colours on the note

Micro-lettering

 

Using a magnifying glass, look closely at the lettering beneath the Queen’s portrait – you will see the value of the note written in small letters and numbers.
Micro-lettering on the note

Micro-lettering on the note

Ultraviolet feature

 

If you look at the front of the note under a good-quality ultraviolet light, the number 5 appears in bright red and green, while the background stays dull in contrast.
Ultra-violet feature on the front of the note

Ultra-violet feature on the front of the note

This page was last updated 05 January 2018
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