Bank of England releases new £20 series "F" JMW Turner banknote

Katie Ramirez
February 26, 2020

The new note will ultimately replace the current £20 note, which features the noted economist Adam Smith.

The Bank of England issued a new polymer £20 note into general circulation at a time when consumers are increasingly eschewing cash in favor of digital payments.

For those who don't have access to the new £20 note, the currency will be on display starting today at The National Gallery in Room 34, where visitors can take advantage of the AR experience.

The new polymer note features the famous English watercolor artist Joseph Mallord William Turner, joining the Winston Churchill 5 pound note and the Jane Austen 10 pound note, among others, already in circulation.

A new polymer £50 featuring Bletchley Park codebreaker Alan Turing will be issued next year.

Each of Britain's major banks and card providers said they have stocked ATMs with the new notes in 19 towns and cities.

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Paper £20 notes can continue to be used as normal and the Bank will give 6 months' notice ahead of legal tender status being withdrawn.

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A large see-through window with a blue and gold foil on the front depicting Margate lighthouse and Turner Contemporary. There is also a silver foil patch containing a 3D image of the coronation crown. Governor Mark Carney announced in April 2016 where it was also announced that JMW Turner's self-portrait, painted c. 1799 and now on display in Tate Britain, would be prominently featured on the back. One of Turner's maximum celebrated art work The Fighting Temeraire - a tribute to the send HMS Temeraire which performed a prominent position in Nelson's victory on the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. It was voted the nation's favourite painting in a BBC Radio 4 poll.

- What about the old £20 note? The banknote is of special significance for De La Rue as it is the first Bank of England denomination to use De La Rue's Safeguard® as a polymer substrate, as well as being designed and printed by the company.

Turner's signature will also appear on the note, along with the quote "Light is therefore colour" from an 1818 lecture by him referring to the use of light, shade, colour and tone in his pictures.

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