Monday, 14 Oct 2019 15:49 GMT

New £20 note unveiled

The Bank of England has unveiled the new £20 note with its design and production headed by De la Rue.

Described as the most secure banknote yet, security printer, De la Rue has incorporated new features such as a hologram which shifts from the word ‘Twenty’ to ‘Pounds’ when the note is tilted, a dual window and two-colour foiling.

The foil on the note is blue and gold on the front and sliver on the back. A silver foil patch containing a 3D image of the coronation crown can also be found on the note.

To help blind and partially sighted people use the notes with ease, three clusters of raised dots feature in the top left-hand corner. 

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 TMW Turner

The note celebrates artist JMW Turner who joins Winston Churchill and Jane Austen in the polymer bank series.

The self-portrait of Turner is believed to have been painted circa 1799 and is currently on display at the Tate Modern in London.

According to De la Rue, the sophisticated design took around two years to complete with its designers recreating Turner’s work through engravings.

Underneath the image of Turner features the quote ‘Light is therefore colour’ which references a lecture the artist gave in 1818 which refers to his use of light, colour, shade and tone.

 

Late English artist, JMW Turner, features on the new note

De la Rue first began working with the Bank of England on the upgrade of its bank notes in 2016 with the launch of the new £5 note.

Sarah John, Bank of England chief cashier, comments: “We’re very excited to be unveiling the new £20 note today after the significant amount of work behind the scenes getting to this point. We have worked very closely with De La Rue on this note, from the initial design through to the mass production, and are very pleased with the result.”

Governor, Mark Carney unveiled the design at Turner Contemporary in Margate on October 10th. He adds: “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 TMW Turner.”

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