A new polymer £20 note will start to enter will be available to get in England and Wales from today. This follows the recent introduction of the polymer Churchill £5 and polymer Austen £10. Where can you get one of the new notes?
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The paper £20 note was first issued in March 2007 and it features Adam Smith.
However, this is set to change with a new £20 that has entered circulation today.
The twenty pound note has been updated from the old one and features the artist JMW Turner.
It is a polymer note which means it has been printed on a thin plastic material.
It follows the released on polymer £5 and £10 notes. A similar £50 note featuring Alan Turing is set to be released in 2021.
The Bank of England revealed the cash will have advance security features making it the banks most secure not.
The security features include two see-through windows on the front and a two colour foil.
It also features raised print that makes it difficult to counterfeit.
Where can you get a new £20 note?
The note can be picked up from today and shoppers in England and Wales could get their hands on one of the first.
They will now be issued in cash machines, post offices and banks in England and Wales.
A second batch of the notes will be released in two weeks time, according to Bank of England.
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It is estimated the notes will then be available in half of all banks and ATMs.
The Bank of England reported it spent 14 months printing the money and there are two billion ready to be issued.
The banknotes are set to take over the current £20 notes, however they will still be legal lender until further notice.
The bank explained it will give six months notice of the old £20 notes being withdrawn.
Mark Carney, Bank of England Governor, said: “Our banknotes celebrate the UK’s heritage, salute its culture, and testify to the achievements of its most notable individuals.
“Turner’s contribution to art extends well beyond his favourite stretch of shoreline.
“Turner’s painting was transformative, his influence spanned lifetimes, and his legacy endures today.
“The new £20 note celebrates Turner, his art and his legacy in all their radiant, colourful, evocative glory.”
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