New plastic £20 note launches tomorrow with it being hailed as most secure ever
The UK's new £20 plastic banknote will start to appear in ATMs and tills from Thursday as it enters circulation.
Featuring legendary Brit artist JMW Turner, it has been hailed by the Bank of England as its most secure currency ever.
It includes two see-through windows and a two colour foil to help thwart pesky counterfeiters.
The Bank expects half of all ATMs across the UK to be dispensing polymer £20 banknotes in just two weeks' time.
Other security features on the new Turner note include a blue and gold foil on the front depicting Margate lighthouse and Turner Contemporary and a metallic hologram which changes between the word "twenty" and "pounds" when the note is tilted.
The paper £20 notes can still be used as normal and the Bank will give six months' notice ahead of their legal tender status being withdrawn.
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There are over two billion £20 notes in circulation, weighing the equivalent of more than 141 double decker buses, the Bank said.
The note will join the Sir Winston Churchill £5 and the Jane Austen £10 in the Bank of England's first series of polymer notes. A new polymer £50 featuring Bletchley Park codebreaker Alan Turing will be issued next year.
Speaking at Tate Britain, which houses the Turner Bequest, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said: "Our banknotes celebrate the UK's extraordinarily rich and diverse heritage and highlight the contributions of its greatest citizens. Turner's art was transformative.
"I am delighted that the work of arguably the single most influential British artist of all time will now appear on another two billion works of art – the new £20 notes that people can start using tomorrow."
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Turner's self-portrait, as featured on the new £20 note, is on display at Tate Britain alongside the banknote.
Home to the Turner Bequest which includes 300 oil paintings and many thousands of sketches and watercolours, Tate Britain will present a major new exhibition dedicated to Turner later this year called Turner's Modern World.
The new £20 note is the first to feature the signature of Sarah John, the Bank's chief cashier.
She said: "Moving the £20 note to polymer marks a major step forward in our fight against counterfeiting.
"I am very grateful to everyone across the cash industry who has made this transition possible and I hope the public enjoy using their new Turner £20s."
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