The new polymer £20 note will be released on 20th February 2020, replacing the current paper note.
You will still be able to use valid paper notes until it is withdrawn from circulation. The date of this will not be confirmed until the new note is released but will be at least 6 months from when it is announced.
What you need to know about the new note:
- The hologram image has changed. It now changes between the words ‘twenty’ and ‘pounds’.
- On the front of the note (the side with raised print), there are three clusters of raised dots in the top left-hand corner. This helps blind and partially sighted people identify the value of the note.
- See through windows: A portrait of the Queen is printed in the window, with ‘£20 Bank of England’ twice around the edge. There is also a smaller see through window, inspired by Tintern Abbey.
- Silver foil patch with a 3D image of the coronation crown.
- Purple foil patch with the letter T, based on the staircase at Tate Britain
- It features JMW Turner’s self-portrait, painted in 1799 and currently on display in Tate Britain.
- It features one of Turner’s most eminent paintings The Fighting Temeraire; a tribute to the ship HMS Temeraire. The ship played a prominent role in Nelson’s 1805 victory at the Battle of Trafalgar.
- 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 paintings.
- Turner’s signature from his Will, in which he left many of his paintings to the nation.