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Fifty pound sterling note(Series E)

50 pound sterling Series E 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Withdrawn banknotes: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 note

Size: 156 x 85mm
Main color: Multicolored (predominantly red)
Date of issue: 20 April 1994
Date ceased to be legal tender: 30 April 2014

50 Pound Series E note obverse 50 Pound note reverse

The Series E banknote, the 50 pound note, entered circulation on 20 April 1994. It features a portrait of Sir John Houblon- the first governor of Bank of England. The banknote was withdrawn from circulation after 30 April 2014. For information about how to exchange withdrawn notes check Bank of England Exchanging old banknotes page.

Security Features

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

50 old pound specimen obverse 50 old pound specimen reverse

(1)Check he paper and raised print

50 Pound Series E raised print

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

(2)Check the metallic thread

50 old Pound note metallic thread

There is a metallic thread embedded in every banknote. This appears as silver dashes on the front of the old-style 50 pounds note. If you hold 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.

(4)Check the print quality.

50 old Pounds Sterling note print quality

The printed lines and colors on the old-style 50GBP note are sharp, clear and free from smudges or blurred edges.

(5)Check foil patch

£50 note old foil patch

There is a foil patch on the front of the old-style 50 pounds note near the portrait of the Queen. This feature a reflective rose and medallion.