The Twenty Pound Note

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The current Twenty Pound Note is technically a Series F and was first issued in its current guise on the 13th March 2007.

Note that the words ‘SPECIMEN’ must be shown twice on reproductions of Bank of England notes to comply with their legal requirements.

Obverse:

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Reverse:

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Size: Approx. 149 x 80mm.

Chief Cashiers: £20 notes in current circulation bear the signature of one of three different Chief Cashiers, namely Andrew Bailey (2004 to 2011), Chris Salmon (2011 to 2014) or Victoria Cleland (2014 to date).

The story behind the design:

The reverse of the £20 note shows the philosopher and economist Adam Smith. Author of ‘The Wealth of Nations’. http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/smith_adam.shtml

Ones to look out for:

Scarcer (but not necessarily valuable notes) include the following

Andrew Bailey notes with AA01, AL, LL or HD36 prefixes.

Chris Salmon notes with HA and possibly JH prefixes (and possibly others, more research is needed).

Victoria Cleland notes with JJ or possibly JK prefixes (and possibly others, more research is needed).

 

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