Size: 156 x 85mm
Main color: Multicolored (predominantly red)
Date of issue: 20 April 1994
Date ceased to be legal tender: 30 April 2014
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 The banknote was withdrawn from circulation after 30 April 2014. For information about how to exchange withdrawn notes check Bank of England Exchanging old banknotes page.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 can help you to tell if a £50 Series E note is fake or real.
(1)Check he paper and 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
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.
Hold the banknote up to the light and you will see the image of the Queen’s portrait.
(4)Check the 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
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.