Polymer £20 note

We will issue a new £20 note in 2020 that will feature the artist JMW Turner. It will be our first £20 note printed on polymer.

Overview

We will issue our new £20 note in the first half of 2020.

You will still be able to use the current £20 note until we withdraw it from circulation. We will announce the withdrawal date after we have issued our new £20 note. We will give at least three months’ notice of this withdrawal date.

Many banks will accept withdrawn notes as deposits from customers. The Post Office may also accept withdrawn notes as payment for goods and services, or as a deposit into any bank account you can access at the Post Office. And, you can always exchange withdrawn notes with us.

Design features

The artist JMW Turner will feature on our new note. Turner was chosen using our new character selection process for the first time.

The new £20 will include the following features: 

  • JMW Turner’s self-portrait, painted circa 1799 and currently on display at Tate Britain.
  • One of Turner’s most famous paintings, The Fighting Temeraire. This was a tribute to the ship HMS Temeraire, which played a distinguished role in Nelson’s victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
  • The quote ‘Light is therefore colour’, a reference to his innovative use of light, shade, colour and tone from a lecture Turner gave in 1818.
  • Turner’s signature from his Will, in which he left many of his paintings to the nation.
Concept image of the polymer twenty pound note

New £20 note concept image

This page was last updated 29 April 2019
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