9 things to know about the new £20 note

By Nikkie Thatcher

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Know the score: the new £20 note is being released on 20 February
Know the score: the new £20 note is being released on 20 February

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The new polymer £20 note is due is being released into circulation today (20 February) and it has various security features that can help operators confirm the money is genuine.

1. ​A hologram image alters if you tilt the note from side to side, the words should change between ‘twenty’ and ‘pounds’.

2. ​Operators should also check the metallic image over the main window and the foil is blue and gold on the front and silver on the back. There should also be a second, smaller window in the bottom corner of the note.

3. ​Other security features include a portrait of the Queen printed on the window with ‘£20 Bank of England’ printed twice around the edge.

4. ​A silver foil patch will also contain a 3D image of the coronation crown, above the see-through window on the front of the note.

5. ​A round purple foil patch contains the letter ‘T’ on the back of the note, directly behind the silver crown on the front.

6. ​There should be raised print on the front such as ‘Bank of England’.

7. ​Under a good-quality UV light, the number ‘20’ should appear in bright red and green on the front of the note, against a duller background.

8. ​Old £20 notes will still be valid tender until the Bank of England withdraws them from circulation – the date of which hasn’t been announced yet but there will be a six-month notice period of the withdrawal date.

9. ​The Bank of England announced English Romantic artist JMW Turner would be the face on the new £20 note when it was unveiled on 10 October 2019.

The polymer £5 note was the first to change from paper, which was issued on 12 September 2016 and features Sir Winston Churchill. The new £10 note followed this in September 2017 and features Jane Austen.

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