A new polymer £20 note featuring the artist JMW Turner is set to be released on Thursday, February 20 – marking the country's most secure banknote yet.
For the first time, the note will incorporate two windows and a two-colour foil, making it very difficult to forge.
Polymer notes last longer than paper notes and stay in better condition during day-to-day use, the Bank of England said in an announcement on its release.
The note, like the polymer £10, will contain a tactile feature to help vision impaired people identify the denomination.
It will join the Churchill £5 and the Austen £10. A new £50 note, featuring Alan Turing, will also follow in 2021.
The public will begin to see the new £20 from 20 February 2020, as the notes leave cash centres around the country and enter general circulation through banks and building societies.
You'll be able to continue to use and spend your paper £20 notes as usual – these will be gradually withdrawn as they are banked by retailers and the public.
Bank of England governor Mark Carney, said: "Our banknotes celebrate the UK’s heritage, salute its culture, and testify to the achievements of its most notable individuals.
"And so it is with the new £20 banknote, featuring JMW Turner, launched today at Turner Contemporary in Margate.
"Turner’s contribution to art extends well beyond his favourite stretch of shoreline. Turner’s painting was transformative, his influence spanned lifetimes, and his legacy endures today. 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.
She said: "The new £20 is an important part of our commitment to providing banknotes that people can use with confidence.
"Our polymer notes are much harder to counterfeit and, with the £20 being our most common note, this marks a big step forward in our fight against counterfeiting. I hope the public will look forward to spending their new Turner £20s from February next year."
Who is JMW Turner?
JMW Turner was a romantic, English landscape painter world-renowned for his oil paintings of the English countryside.
He was a child prodigy who studied at the Royal Academy of Arts from 1789, when he was just 14.
Turner was chosen to feature on the new note after Bank of England governor Mark Carney asked the public to nominate a deceased cultural figure.
The note will feature Turner’s self-portrait, one of his most eminent paintings The Fighting Temeraire, his signature and a quote.
10 things you need to know about the new £20 note
Features on the new £20 note will include:
A large see-through window with a blue and gold foil on the front depicting Margate lighthouse and Turner Contemporary. The foil is silver on the back. The shape of the large window is based on the shape of the fountains in Trafalgar Square.
It will also have a smaller see-through window in the bottom corner of the note, inspired by Tintern Abbey.
It's based on JMW Turner’s self-portrait, painted c. 1799 and currently on display in Tate Britain.
It will also feature one of Turner’s most eminent paintings The Fighting Temeraire; a tribute to the ship HMS Temeraire which played a distinguished role in Nelson’s victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
It has a metallic hologram which changes between the word 'Twenty' and 'Pounds' when the note is tilted.
The Queen’s portrait can be seen in the see-through window with '£20 Bank of England' printed twice around the edge.
A silver foil patch with a 3D image of the coronation crown.
A purple foil patch containing the letter 'T' and based on the staircase at the Tate Britain.
A quote "Light is therefore colour" from an 1818 lecture by Turner referring to the innovative use of light, shade, colour and tone in his pictures.
Turner’s signature from his Will, the document with which he bequeathed many of his paintings to the nation.
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