Withdrawn Banknotes

See all the banknotes that the Bank of England and HM Treasury have issued and then withdrawn, going back to 1694.

Date first issued: 21 May 2002

£5 Series E (Variant)

Date last issued: 2016
Date ceased to be legal tender: 5 May 2017
Colour: Front green, back green
Size: 5 5/16" x 2 3/4" (135mm x 70mm)
Design: Andy Ward as Chief Designer and design work by Debbie Marriott
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Date first issued: 22 June 1999

£20 Series E (Variant)

Date last issued: 2007
Date ceased to be legal tender: 30 June 2010
Colour: Multicoloured (predominantly mauve-purple)
Size: 5 7/8" x 3 1/8" (149mm x 80mm)
Design: Roger Withington & Andrew Ward. Windowed thread on the back of the note. Additional security features: foil hologram, an ultra-violet feature and micro-lettering. Design work by Debbie Marriott
 
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Date first issued: 20 April 1994

£50 Series E

Date last issued: 2011
Date ceased to be legal tender: 30 April 2014
Colour: Multicoloured (predominantly red)
Size: 6 1/7" x 3 1/3" (156mm x 85mm)
Design: Roger Withington. Sir John Houblon portrayed on back. Windowed thread on the front of the note. Additional security features: foil patch.
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Date first issued: 22 November 1993

£10 Series E (Revised Version)

Date last issued: October 2000
Date ceased to be legal tender: 31 July 2003
Colour: Multicoloured (predominantly orange-brown)
Size: 5 9/16" x 2 15/16" (142mm x 75 mm)
Design: Roger Withington. Revised version issued: additional denomination symbol £10, black in colour, to replace crown feature in top-right corner of note (front); further denomination symbol £10, dark brown in colour, added to top-right corner of note near head of Charles Dickens (reverse).
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Date first issued: 27 September 1993

£20 Series E (Revised Version)

Date last issued: 2000
Date ceased to be legal tender: 28 February 2001
Colour: Multicoloured (predominantly mauve-purple)
Size: 5 7/8" x 3 1/8" (149mm x 80mm)
Design: Roger Withington. Revised version issued: colour of denomination symbol £20 in top-left hand corner changed to darker purple and additional denomination symbol, black in colour, to replace crown feature in top-right corner (point); further denomination symbol £20, purple-grey in colour, added to top-right corner near head of Michael Faraday.
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Date first issued: 1 March 1993

£5 Series E (Revised Version)

Date last issued: July 2002
Date ceased to be legal tender: 21 November 2003
Colour: Revised version issued - colour of denomination symbol "£5" in top-left corner changed to bolder dark blue/green (front) and stronger olive/drab colour (back)
Size: 5 5/16" x 2 3/4" (135mm x 70mm)
Design: Roger Withington
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Date first issued: 29 April 1992

£10 Series E

Date last issued: 1993
Date ceased to be legal tender: 31 July 2003
Colour: Multicoloured (predominantly orange-brown)
Size: 5 9/16" x 2 15/16" (142mm x 75 mm)
Design: Roger Withington. Charles Dickens portrayed on reverse; ‘windowed’ thread on reverse.
 
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Date first issued: 5 June 1991

£20 Series E

Date last issued: 1993-4
Date ceased to be legal tender: 28 February 2001
Colour: Multicoloured (predominantly mauve-purple)
Size: 5 7/8" x 3 1/8" (149mm x 80mm)
Design: Roger Withington. Michael Faraday portrayed on the reverse; 'windowed' thread.
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Date first issued: 7 June 1990

£5 Series E

Date last issued: 1993
Date ceased to be legal tender: 21 November 2003
Colour: Multicoloured (predominantly turquoise-blue)
Size: 5 5/16" x 2 3/4" (135mm x 70mm)
Design: Roger Withington. Stephenson portrayed on reverse; 'windowed' thread.
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Date first issued: 20 March 1981

£50 Series D

Date last issued: 1994
Date ceased to be legal tender: 20 September 1996
Colour: Predominantly brown
Size: 6 5/8" x 3 3/4" (169mm x 95mm)
Design: H N Eccleston and Roger Withington. Sir Christopher Wren portrayed on the reverse. New contoured thread used initially; 'windowed' security thread introduced on 21 July 1988.
 
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Date first issued: 20 March 1981

£1 Series D (Revised Version)

Date last issued: 31 December 1984
Date ceased to be legal tender: 11 March 1988
Colour: Predominantly green
Size: 5 5/16" x 2 5/8" (135mm x 67mm)
Design: Harry Eccleston. Revised version issued with design and dimensions (as Series D) but general appearance enhanced by inclusion of additional background colours. From 1983 this denomination was gradually replaced by the £1 coin.
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Date first issued: 9 February 1978

£1 Series D (Pictorial Series)

Date last issued: unknown
Date ceased to be legal tender: 11 March 1988
Colour: Predominantly green
Size: 5 5/16" x 2 5/8" (135mm x 67mm)
Design: Harry Eccleston. Sir Isaac Newton portrayed on reverse. A particular feature of this note was that it had only one serial number.
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Date first issued: 20 February 1975

£10 Series D (Pictorial Series)

Date last issued: 1992
Date ceased to be legal tender: 20 May 1994
Colour: Predominantly brown
Size: 5 7/8" x 3 5/16" (151mm x 85mm)
Design: Harry Eccleston. Florence Nightingale portrayed on reverse. New 'windowed' security thread introduced on 16 July 1987.
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Date first issued: 11 November 1971

£5 Series D (Pictorial Series)

Date last issued: 1990
Date ceased to be legal tender: 29 November 1991
Colour: Predominantly blue
Size: 5 3/4" x 3 1/16" (145mm x 78mm)
Design: Harry Eccleston. Duke of Wellington portrayed on reverse; width of thread doubled to 1mm from 16 July 1987.
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Date first issued: 9 July 1970

£20 Series D (Pictorial Series)

Date last issued: 1991
Date ceased to be legal tender: 19 March 1993
Colour: Predominantly purple
Size: 6 5/16" x 3 9/16" (160mm x 90mm)
Design: Harry Eccleston. William Shakespeare portrayed on the reverse. First £20 note to carry portrait of monarch and to use threaded paper. New 'windowed' security thread introduced on 15 November 1984.
 
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Date first issued: 21 February 1964

£10 Series C (Portrait Series)

Date last issued: 1975
Date ceased to be legal tender: 31 May 1979
Colour: Brown
Size: 5 7/8" x 3 5/8" (150mm x 93mm)
Design: Reynolds Stone. First £10 note to carry portrait of monarch and to use threaded paper
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Date first issued: 21 February 1963

£5 Series C (Portrait Series)

Date last issued: 1971
Date ceased to be legal tender: 31 August 1973
Colour: Blue
Size: 5 1/2" x 3 5/16" (140mm x 85mm)
Design: Reynolds Stone. First £5 note to carry portrait of monarch.
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Date first issued: 12 October 1961

10 Shilling Series C

Date last issued: 13 October 1969
Date ceased to be legal tender: 22 November 1970
Colour: Red-brown
Size: 5 ½" x 2 5/8" (140mm x 67mm)
Design: Robert Austin. First and only issued Bank of England 10 Shilling note to carry portrait of monarch.
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Date first issued: 17 March 1960

£1 Series C

Date last issued: 1978
Date ceased to be legal tender: 31 May 1979
Colour: Green
Size: 6" x 2 13/16" (151mm x 72mm)
Design: Robert Austin. First Bank of England £1 note to carry portrait of monarch.
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Date first issued: 21 February 1957

£5 Series B

Date last issued: 1963
Date ceased to be legal tender: 27 June 1967
Colour: Blue
Size: 6 1/4" x 3 1/2" (158mm x 90mm)
Design: Stephen Gooden. Features helmeted Britannia on front.
 
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Date first issued: 25 October 1948

10 Shilling Series A (3rd Issue)

Date last issued: unknown
Date ceased to be legal tender: 29 October 1962
Colour: Brown
Size: 5 7/16" x 3 1/16" (138mm x 78mm)
Design: Issue of threaded notes in pre-war colour.
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Date first issued: 13  September 1948

£1 Series A (3rd Issue)

Date last issued: unknown
Date ceased to be legal tender: 28 May 1962
Colour: Green.
Size: 5 15/16" x 3 15/16" (151mm x 85mm)
Design: W M Keesey and others. Issue of threaded notes in pre-war colour.
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Date first issued: 17 June 1948

£1 Series A (2nd Issue)

Date last issued: unknown
Date ceased to be legal tender: 28 May 1962
Colour: Green.
Size: 5 15/16" x 3 15/16" (151mm x 85mm)
Design: W M Keesey and others. Reissue of unthreaded pre-war notes.
 
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Date first issued: 17 June 1948

10 Shilling Series A (2nd Issue)

Date last issued: unknown
Date ceased to be legal tender: 29 October 1962
Colour: Brown.
Size: 5 7/16" x 3 1/16" (138mm x 78mm)
Design: Re-issue of unthreaded pre-war notes.
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Date first issued: 1945

£5 White

Date last issued: 1957
Date ceased to be legal tender: 13 March 1961
Colour: Monochrome (printed on one side only)
Size: 8 1/4" x 5 1/4" (211mm x 133mm)
Design: Incorporated metal thread for first time: permanent feature thereafter.
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Date first issued: 2 April 1940

10 Shilling Emergency Wartime Issue

Date last issued: unknown
Date ceased to be legal tender: 22 October 1962
Colour: Mauve and grey
Size: 5 7/16" x 3 1/16" (138mm x 78mm)
Design: W M Keesey and others. Incorporated metal thread for first time: permanent feature since 1948.
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Date first issued: 29 March 1940

£1 Emergency Wartime Issue

Date last issued: unknown
Date ceased to be legal tender: 28 May 1962
Colour: Pale blue and orange
Size: 5 15/16" x 3 15/16" (151mm x 85mm)
Design: W M Keesey and others. Incorporated metal thread for first time: permanent feature since 1948.
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Date first issued: 22 November 1928

£1 Series A (1st issue)

Date last issued: unknown
Date ceased to be legal tender: 28 May 1962
Colour: Green
Size: 5 15/16" x 3 15/16" (151mm x 85mm)
Design: W M Keesey and others.
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Date first issued: 22 November 1928

10 Shilling Series A (1st issue)

Date last issued: unknown
Date ceased to be legal tender: 29 October 1962
Colour: Red-brown
Size: 5 7/16" x 3 1/16" (138mm x 78mm)
Design: W M Keesey and others.
 
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Date first issued: 22 October 1918

10 Shilling 3rd Series Treasury Issue

Date last issued: unknown
Date ceased to be legal tender: 1 August 1933
Colour: Green and brown.
Size: 5 7/16" x 3 1/16" (138mm x 78mm)
Design: Bertram Mackennal. Printed by Waterlow Bros. and Layton on banknote paper. Signature of N.F. Warren Fisher on notes from September 1919.
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Date first issued: 22 January 1917

£1 3rd Series Treasury Issue

Date last issued: unknown
Date ceased to be legal tender: 1 August 1933
Colour: Brown and green.
Size: 5 15/16" x 3 5/16" (151mm x 84mm)
Design: Bertram Mackennal. Printed by Waterlow Bros and Layton on banknote paper. Signature of N.F. Warren Fisher from September 1919.
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Date first issued: 21 January 1915

10 shilling 2nd Series Treasury Issue

Date last issued: unknown
Date ceased to be legal tender: 12 June 1920
Colour: Red on white (printed on one side only)
Size: 5 3/8" x 3" (136mm x 76mm)
Design: George Eve. Printed by De La Rue & Co on banknote paper.
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Date first issued: 23 October 1914 

£1 2nd series Treasury Issue

Date last issued: unknown
Date ceased to be legal tender: 12 June 1920
Colour: Black on white (printed on one side only)
Size: 5 7/8" x 3 ¼" (149mm x 83mm)
Design: George Eve. Printed by De La Rue & Co on banknote paper.
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Date first issued: 14 August 1914

10 Shilling 1st Series Treasury Issue

Date last issued: unknown
Date ceased to be legal tender: 12 June 1920
Colour: Red on white (printed on one side only)
Size: 5" x 2 ½" (127mm x 64mm)
Design: Designed at Royal Mint from sketches by Frederick Atterbury. Printed by Waterlow Bros. and Layton and De La Rue & Co. Printed on postage stamp paper.
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Date first issued: 7 August 1914

£1 1st series Treasury Issue

Date last issued: unknown
Date ceased to be legal tender: 12 June 1920
Colour: Black on white (printed on one side only)
Size: 5" x 2 1/2" (127mm x 64mm)
Design: Designed at Royal Mint from sketches by Frederick Atterbury. Printed by Waterlow Bros. and Layton from plates by Eyre and Spottiswoode. Printed on postage stamp paper. Nicknamed "Bradburys" on account of signature of Sir John Bradbury, Permanent Secretary to the Treasury.
 
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Date first issued: 2 March 1797

£2

Date last issued: 1821
Date ceased to be legal tender: unknown
Colour: Monochrome (printed on one side only)
Size: Sizes vary 7 7/8" x 4 7/16" (200mm x 113mm)
Design: Several changes of design between 1797 and 1821.
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Date first issued: 1793

£5 White

Date last issued: unknown
Date ceased to be legal tender: 1 March 1946
Colour: Monochrome (printed on one side only)
Size: 7 11/16" x 4 11/16" (195mm x 120mm)
Design: Size may vary. Issued also by Bank of England Country Branches from 1826.
 
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Date first issued: 1765

£25 White

Date last issued: 1822
Date ceased to be legal tender: unknown
Colour: Monochrome (printed on one side only)
Size: Approx 8" x 5" (203mm x 127mm)
Design: unknown
 
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Date first issued: 1759

£10 White

Date last issued: 1943
Date ceased to be legal tender: 16 April 1945
Colour: Monochrome (printed on one side only)
Size: 8 1/4" x 5 1/4" (211mm x 133mm)
Design: Notes in earlier years are slightly smaller. Issued also by Bank of England Country Branches from 1826.
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Front and back of note

Date first issued: 1759

£15 White

Date last issued: 1822
Date ceased to be legal tender: unknown
Colour: Monochrome (printed on one side only)
Size: Approx 8" x 5" (203mm x 127mm)
Design: Early notes are slightly smaller.
 
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Date first issued: 1725

£20 White

Date last issued: 1943
Date ceased to be legal tender: 16 April 1945
Colour: Monochrome (printed on one side only)
Size: 8 1/4" x 5 1/4" (211mm x 133mm)
Design: Notes in earlier years are slightly smaller. Issued also by Bank of England Country Branches from 1826.
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Front of note

Date first issued: 1725

£30 White

Date last issued: 1852
Date ceased to be legal tender: unknown
Colour: Monochrome (printed on one side only)
Size: Approx 8 1/4" x 5 1/8" (211mm x 130mm)
Design: Early notes are slightly smaller. Issued also by some Bank of England Country Branches.
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Front and back of note

Date first issued: 1725

£40 White

Date first issued: 1725
Date last issued: 1851
Date ceased to be legal tender: unknown
Colour: Monochrome (printed on one side only)
Size: Approx 8 1/4" x 5 1/8" (211mm x 130mm)
Design: Early notes are slightly smaller. Issued also by some Bank of England Country Branches.
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Front and back of note

Date first issued: 1725

£50 White

Date last issued: 1943
Date ceased to be legal tender: 16 April 1945
Colour: Monochrome (printed on one side only)
Size: Approx 8 1/4" x 5 1/4" (211mm x 133mm)
Design: Notes in earlier years are slightly smaller. Issued also by Bank of England Country Branches from 1826.
 
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Date first issued: 1725

£100 White

Date last issued: 1943
Date ceased to be legal tender: 16 April 1945
Colour: Monochrome (printed on one side only)
Size: Approx 8 1/4" x 5 1/4" (211mm x 133mm)
Design: Issued also by Bank of England Country Branches from 1826.
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Date first issued: Between 1725 and 1740

£60 White

Date last issued: Before 1803
Date ceased to be legal tender: unknown
Colour: Monochrome (printed on one side only)
Size: Approx 7 11/16" x 4 11/16" (195mm x 120mm)
Design: Notes in earlier years are slightly smaller.
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Front and back of note

Date first issued: Between 1725 and 1745

£70 White

Date last issued: Before 1803
Date ceased to be legal tender: unknown
Colour: Monochrome (printed on one side only)
Size: Approx 7 11/16" x 4 11/16" (195mm x 120mm)
Design: Notes in earlier years are slightly smaller.
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Front and back of note

Date first issued: Between 1725 and 1745

£80 White

Date last issued: Before 1803
Date ceased to be legal tender: unknown
Colour: Monochrome (printed on one side only)
Size: Approx 7 11/16" x 4 11/16" (195mm x 120mm)
Design: Notes in earlier years are slightly smaller.
 
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Date first issued: Between 1725 and 1745

£90 White

Date last issued: Before 1803
Date ceased to be legal tender: unknown
Colour: Monochrome (printed on one side only)
Size: Approx 7 11/16" x 4 11/16" (195mm x 120mm)
Design: Notes in earlier years are slightly smaller.
 
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Date first issued: Between 1725 to 1745

£200 White

Date last issued: 1928
Date ceased to be legal tender: 16 April 1945
Colour: Monochrome (printed on one side only)
Size: Approx 8 1/4" x 5 1/4" (211mm x 133mm)
Design: Notes in earlier years are slightly smaller. £200 notes not issued by Bank of England Country Branches.
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Front and back of note

First date issued: Between 1725 and 1745

£300 White

Date last issued: 1855
Date ceased to be legal tender: unknown
Colour: Monochrome (printed on one side only)
Size: Approx 8 1/4" x 5 1/8" (211mm x 130mm)
Design: £300 notes not issued by Bank of England Country Branches.


 
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First date issued: Between 1725 and 1745 

£500 White

Date last issued: 1943
Date ceased to be legal tender: 16 April 1945
Colour: Monochrome (printed on one side only)
Size: Approx 8 1/4" x 5 1/4" (211mm x 133mm)
Design: Notes in earlier years are slightly smaller. £500 notes issued by some Bank of England Country Branches from 1826.
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Date first issued: Between 1725 and 1745

£1000 White

Date last issued: 1943
Date ceased to be legal tender: 16 April 1945
Colour: Monochrome (printed on one side only)
Size: Approx 8 1/4" x 5 1/4" (211mm x 133mm)
Design: Notes in earlier years are slightly smaller. £1,000 notes not issued by Bank of England Country Branches except Hull between 1882 and 1889.
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