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Fifty pound sterling note

50 pound sterling note

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Current banknotes in circulation:
 Five Pound Sterling polymer note Ten Pound Sterling polymer note Twenty Pound Sterling polymer note Fifty Pound Sterling polymer note

Withdrawn banknotes:
Five Pound Sterling series E Ten Pound Sterling series V Twenty Pound Sterling note Fifty Pound Sterling series E

Size: 156 x 85mm
Main color: Red
Date of issue: 2 November 2011

50 Pound note obverse 50 Pound note reverse

The Series F banknote, the 50 pound note, entered circulation on 2 November 2011. It is the first Bank of England banknote to feature two Britons on the reverse – James Watt and Matthew Boulton. The series F 50 pound notes are signed by Chris Salmon. The Bank of England announced that £50 Series F banknote will be withdrawn from circulation after 30 September 2022.

Security Features

Security features can help you to tell if a £50 note is fake or real.

50 pound specimen obverse 50 pound specimen reverse

(1)Check he paper and raised print

50 Pound Sterling note raised print

Banknotes are printed on special paper that gives them their unique feel. By running your finger across the front of the new-style 50 pound note you can feel raised print in areas such as the words ‘Bank of England’ and in the bottom right corner, around the number 50.

(2)Check the metallic thread

50 Pound Sterling note metallic thread

There is a metallic thread embedded in every banknote. If you hold the 50 pounds note up to the light the metallic thread will appear as a continuous dark line.

(3)Check the watermark.

50 pounds note watermark.

Hold the banknote up to the light and you will see the image of the Queen’s portrait together with a bright 50 and Pound symbol.

(4)Check the print quality.

fifty pound sterling banknote print quality

The printed lines and colors on the new-style fifty pound note are sharp, clear and free from smudges or blurred edges.

(5) Check microlettering

£50 note microlettering

Using a magnifying glass, look closely at the lettering beneath the Queen’s portrait on the new-style 50 pound- you will see the value of the note written in small letters and numbers.

(6)Ultraviolet feature

50 Pound Sterling note ultra-violet feature

If you look at the front of the 50 pound note under a good quality ultra-violet light, the number 50 appears in bright red and green. The five windows of the motion thread also appear. Randomly spread bright red and green flecks are also visible on both the front and the back of the note. The remainder of the note appear dull in contrast.

(7)Check the motion thread

50 Pound Sterling note motion thread

The motion thread on the new-style 50GBP note is woven into paper is woven into paper. It has five windows along his length which contain images of the pound symbol and the number of 50. When the note is tilted from side to side, the images move up and down. When the note is tilted up and down the images move from side to side and the number 50 and the symbol switch.

(8)Check the see-through register

50 Pound Sterling see-through register

Hold the note up to the light and you will see colored irregular shapes printed on the front and back that combine to form the Pound symbol.