UK Notes and Coins

​The pound sterling is the official currency in the United Kingdom.


The Bank of England is the UK's central bank. It issues the UK's banknotes.

Coins are manufactured and issued by the Royal Mint.

Scottish and Northern Ireland banknotes are also available in the UK. These are issued by three banks in Scotland and four banks in Northern Ireland. The Bank of England regulates the issuance of these banknotes. 

The Northern Ireland note-issuing banks have issued polymer notes as follows:

  • Bank of Ireland and Ulster Bank each issued polymer £5, £10 and £20 notes. Danske Bank has issued polymer £10 and £20 notes. 
AIB Group (UK) plc (previously trading as First Trust Bank in Northern Ireland) ceased issuance on 30 June 2020, First Trust Bank banknotes will remain legal currency until midnight on 30 June 2022 and can be used as normal until then.

Other note-issuing authorities

The Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey also issue banknotes in the British Islands. For more information, contact:
The Treasury
Isle of Man Government
Bucks Road
Isle of Man IM1 3PX
States of Jersey Treasury
States Treasury
Cyril Le Marquand House
PO Box 353
St Helier
Jersey JE4 8UL
States of Guernsey
The Charles Frossard House
PO Box 43
La Charroterie
St Peter Port
Guernsey GY1 1FH

This page was last updated 25 January 2022

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