The new £20 note will be issued next month
Date published: 22 January 2020
The new polymer £20
The new polymer £20 notes will be issued for the first time on 20 February 2020, featuring the artist JMW Turner.
The polymer £20 contains sophisticated security features making it the most secure banknote yet, according to the Bank of England, including two windows and a two-colour foil, which the Bank of England says makes it 'very difficult' to counterfeit.
The new note will also contain a tactile feature to help vision impaired people identify the denomination, like the polymer £10 note.
Paper £20 notes can be spent as usual and will be gradually withdrawn as they are banked by retailers and the public. Notice will be given six months ahead of the paper £20 being withdrawn.
Commenting on the new note, Governor Mark Carney said: “Our banknotes celebrate the UK’s heritage, salute its culture, and testify to the achievements of its most notable individuals.
“The new £20 note celebrates Turner, his art and his legacy in all their radiant, colourful, evocative glory.”
The new £20 note will be the first to feature the signature of Sarah John, the Bank’s Chief Cashier.
The polymer £20 note will join the Churchill £5 and the Austen £10, which were respectively introduced in September 2016 and September 2017.
A new £50 note, featuring scientist Alan Turing, will follow in 2021.
During World War Two, Turing was instrumental in breaking the German Enigma code, leading to Allied victory over Nazi Germany.
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