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 -
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
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 -
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 -
Under a good quality ultra-
Metallic thread -
Print quality -
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.
Unique numbering -
Copyright symbols -
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