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The new polymer £20 note was introduced on 20 February 2020.
It features the artist JMW Turner.
They are made from a plastic polymer like the new £5 and £10 denominations, which is said to be more durable, cleaner and more secure than paper.
The new £20 notes, featuring artist JMW Turner, are slightly smaller than the existing notes.
Turner was selected after Bank of England governor Mark Carney asked the public to nominate a deceased cultural figure.
The old £20 notes made from paper will be phased out shortly after the polymer ones are introduced in 2020.
The change means that after 2020, all notes in circulation in the UK will be made from plastic apart from the £50.
According to the Bank of England the new polymer £50 should be in circulation by the end of 2021.
Key security features
Hologram image change
Holographic strip on the twenty pound note - Tilt the note from side to side. Check the images change between a '£' symbol and the number '20'.
Bright '£20' in the watermark
Watermark on the front and back of the twenty pound note
Hold the note up to the light. Check there is a bright '£20' at the top of the Queen's portrait.
Other security features
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There are alternating images of Adam Smith along the foil strip.  The position of foil patches can vary on notes. To the right of the Chief Cashier’s signature, the number '20' is embossed over the foil strip.
Feel of paper and raised print - Raised print on the twenty pound note
The note is printed on special paper that gives it a unique feel.  On the front of the note, you can feel raised print. For example, on the words ‘Bank of England’ and in the bottom right corner, around the number '20'.
Ultraviolet features - Close up vs magnified on the twenty pound note
Under a good quality ultra-violet light, the number '20' appears in bright red and green on the front of the note, against a duller background. You can see bright red and green flecks on both the front and back of the note.
Metallic thread - Metallic thread on the back of the twenty pound note - A metallic thread is embedded in the note and appears as silver dashes on the back.  When the note is held up to the light, the thread appears as a continuous dark line.
Print quality - Clear vs blurred on the twenty pound note - The printed lines and colours on the note are sharp, clear and free from smudges or blurred edges. If you use a magnifying glass, you will see the value of the note written in small letters and numbers below the Queen's portrait.
See-through register
Shapes added on the front and back of the twenty pound note
Coloured shapes are printed on the front and back of the note, below the signature of the Chief Cashier. These shapes combine to form a '£' symbol when the note is held up to the light.
Design features
Size - The higher the value of a note, the larger it is. This note is approximately 149mm x 80mm.
Unique numbering - A unique serial number is printed horizontally and vertically on the back of the note. The horizontal number is in the bottom right corner. It is made up of multi-coloured letters and numbers, which increase in height from left to right. The vertical number runs down the left-hand side and the numbers and letters are the same height and colour.
Copyright symbols - The international copyright symbol is included on the front of the note, to the left of the foil strip and on the back, below the ‘Bank of England’ text.
For more information, click on this link which will take you to the Bank of England website:-

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