Current Bank of England banknotes – key security features
The Bank of England banknotes. There are four denominations of banknotes in circulation: £5, £10, £20 and £50 The £5 and £10 notes are printed on polymer. The £20 and £50 notes are printed on paper. This film will run through a number of key security features. You should check these features to ensure notes are genuine. The following security features are found on the polymer notes. There is a large see-through window. A clearly defined portrait of the Queen is printed on the window with the numerical value of the note and the words ‘Bank of England’ printed twice around the edge. A finely detailed metallic image is positioned over the window. The Elizabeth Tower is shown on the £5 note and Winchester Cathedral is on the £10 note. The foil is gold on the front and silver on the back. When the note is tilted a multi-coloured rainbow effect can be seen. On the front of the notes, a 3D image of the Coronation Crown appears above the see-through window. This displays a multi-coloured rainbow effect when tilted. Below the see-through window, there is a silver foil patch containing a hologram. When the note is tilted the word changes between the value of the note and ‘Pounds’. The following security features are found on the paper notes. The foil strip on the £20 note has a number of patches along its length which contain alternating holographic images. Positioning of the patches can vary slightly from note to note. When you tilt the note from side to side one holographic image flips between a £ symbol and the number 20. The other shows a multi-coloured image of the economist, Adam Smith. The number 20 is also embossed on the strip just to the right of the signature of the Chief Cashier. When you tilt the £50 note up and down or side to side, the images on the green motion thread move and flip between a £ symbol and the number 50. When paper banknotes are held up to the light check for a bright denomination next to the Queen’s portrait in the watermark. Some security features are common across all current Bank of England banknotes. By running your finger across the front of any of the notes, you can feel raised print in areas such as the words ‘Bank of England’ and in the bottom right corner, around the value of the note. If you look at the front of all the notes under a good quality ultra-violet light, the numerical value appears in bright red and green whilst the background remains dull in contrast. The Bank of England banknotes.