The Bank of England has unveiled the design of the new £20 polymer banknote, featuring British painter JMW Turner.
The £20 note, which will be issued for the first time on 20 February 2020, follows the bank’s launch of polymer £5 and £10 notes that went into circulation in September 2016 and September 2017 respectively.
The note will feature a 1799 self-portrait of artist JMW Turner and will be the first to be signed by Bank of England chief cashier Sarah John.
Other features of the note include two windows and a two-colour foil, a silver foil patch with a 3D image of the coronation crown, a metallic hologram
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.
“The new £20 note celebrates Turner, his art and his legacy in all their radiant, colourful, evocative glory.”
Bank of England said polymer notes last longer than paper notes and they stay in better condition during the daily usage.
The bank noted that public can continue to spend paper £20 notes as usual and these will be gradually withdrawn.
It will issue a notice six months ahead of legal tender status of the paper £20 being withdrawn.
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