Holograms and Snapchat features: Introducing the new £20 note

Brenda Watkins
February 21, 2020

The new £20 note is also the first to feature the signature of Sarah John, Chief Cashier at the Bank of England.

The bill features two see-through windows and a two-colour foil that the Bank of England said will prevent counterfeiters from forging it.

It features the artist JMW Turner, one of the old masters of art, with the Bank of England governor, Mark Carney, saying United Kingdom banknotes will continue to celebrate British heritage and culture.

Turner's signature from his Will, the document with which he bequeathed many of his paintings to the nation. That's what we saw when the £5 and £10 notes were released, so we don't anticipate this being any different.

The current £20 notes due to be replaced were first issued in 2007 and there are more than 2 billion in circulation (seems unfair I've not seen many of them at all).

The new note has tactile markings on it with three separate clusters of dots along the short edge to differentiate it from the £10 note, which has two clusters of dots. A new polymer £50 featuring Alan Turing will be issued next year.

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Could you get your hands on one of the rare serial numbers for the new £20 note?

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said: "Our banknotes celebrate the UK's extraordinarily rich and diverse heritage and highlight the contributions of its greatest citizens".

As the UK's most commonly forged note, the new twenty has a bunch of security features. "Turner is one of the most influential British artists and we're now bringing his art to the pockets of people all over the UK". However, both notes will be used in tandem for a period of time before the old version is withdrawn.

If you manage to find a serial number JT 1775 1851, we reckon you've hit the big bucks because that would relate to the painter's initials, followed by his year of birth and year of death. According to the Financial Inclusion Commission, an independent campaigning body made up of parliamentarians and experts, almost two million people in Britain don't have a bank account, and thus, they need notes and coins to run their households and lives.

According to the Bank of England, the polymer £20 is the most secure banknote yet.

"As one of Britain's greatest artists - perhaps even the greatest - Turner is a key figure in the history of art".

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