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A new polymer £50 banknote will enter circulation this Wednesday (June 23).

The new note features Alan Turing, mathematician, codebreaker, and computer scientist who was pivotal to cracking the German codes enciphered with their Enigma machine during the Second World War.

The two key security features of the new note are:

  • Hologram – the words on the note alternate between ‘Fifty’ and ‘Pounds’ when the note is tilted.
  • See-through windows – When looking at the metallic image over the main window, check the foil is gold and green on the front of the note and silver on the back. Within the two gold foil squares on the front of the note, the image changes between ’50’ and a ‘£’ symbol when the note is tilted. Also, look out for a second, smaller window in the bottom corner of the note.

Other security features include:

  • A silver foil patch that contains a 3D image of the coronation crown.
  • A metallic, red foil patch contains the letters ‘AT’.
  • Under a good-quality ultraviolet light, the number ’50’ appears in bright red and green on the front of the note, against a duller background.
  • 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.

The old £50 notes can still be used until the Bank of England announce the withdrawal date. They will give six months’ notice before you are no longer able to use the paper £50 note.

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