New £20 note: Bank note quiz will test your knowledge

20 Février, 2020, 19:36 | Auteur: Auguste Feret

The long-awaited new plastic £20 notes featuring artist JMW Turner entered circulation across the United Kingdom today amid an access to cash crisis which is hitting communities across the country.

A purple foil patch containing the letter "T" and based on the staircase at Tate Britain.

The new note will ultimately replace the current £20 note, which features the noted economist Adam Smith.

Federation of Small Businesses national chairman Mike Cherry said: "The introduction of this new £20 note is a great step to cutting down on fraud which is a thorn in the side of small firms".

There are now two billion £20 notes in circulation. She says there are over 2 billion £20 notes in circulation. "I am very grateful to everyone across the cash industry who has made this transition possible and I hope the public enjoy using their new Turner £20s".

Bank of England governor Mark Carney brandish the polymer note at a symbolic launch party at Tate Britain, home to some of Turner's most well-known paintings.

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has been working with the Bank to make money accessible for people with sight loss.

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The Bank has said that polymer notes last longer than paper notes and remain in better condition. It is larger than both the £10 and £5 notes.

To use the £20 Turner AR lens, open Snapchat, point the camera at the Snapcode below, press and hold on the Snapcode to unlock the AR lens, hover over the new note and watch it transform.

A new polymer 50-pound note, featuring the 20th-century mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing, is due to enter circulation next year.

But a previous freedom of information request by the PA news agency found that almost 50 million plastic £5 and £10 notes have had to be replaced since they were launched by the Bank of England due to wear and damage.

And about another 26 million £10 notes were replaced in the two years since they were launched in September 2017.

"As one of Britain's greatest artists - perhaps even the greatest - Turner is a key figure in the history of art".

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