Celebrating Turner, the new £20 plastic note, which is set to be released on 20 February, has a number of hidden features
The Bank of England is set to release the new £20 note, with a number of hidden features on it.
Based on Turner, who is known for his artworks, the latest plastic note by the Bank of England has enhanced security features to stop forgers and includes a total of 14 hidden features.
The note will be released on Thursday, 20 February as it enters circulation.
Launched at the Turner Contemporary art gallery in Margate, Bank governor Mark Carney said: “Our banknotes celebrate the UK’s heritage, salute its culture, and testify to the achievements of its most notable individuals.
The new £20 note celebrates Turner, his art and his legacy in all their radiant, colourful, evocative glory, he said.
It also has a number of hidden attributes – one of the people responsible for the new note revealed, a week ahead of it hitting the streets.
Chief designer of the banknote, Debbie Marriott, told The Telegraph her team added several hidden features for fans of the painter to look for.
With the security features, we try to reference the character as much as we can to make it more interesting, she said.
She added, “The more people look at the note, the less likely they will pass on counterfeits.”
The Bank of England advises people to look for a second, smaller, security window in the corner of the note, tiny lettering under the portrait of the Queen among other details.
What to look for in the new £20 note?
- Turner’s self-portrait
- The Fighting Temeraire
- Quotes from Turner
- Turner’s signature
- The “Tintern Abbey” window
- The “Trafalgar Square fountain” window
- The purple foil Tate Britain with letter “T”
- “Royal Academy” printed in micro text
- An image of the Turner Contemporary art gallery
- A lighthouse from Margate
- The hologram of the Queen
- “£20 Bank of England” written twice around Queen’s hologram
- A 3D image of a crown
- Raised dots for blind and partially sighted people