Size: 146 x 77mm
Main colour: Red
Date of issue: 23 June 2021
The new polymer £50 banknote, featuring Photo of mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing by Elliott & Fry entered circulation on 23 June 2021. The design includes an image of Turing's Automatic Computing Engine. The quote "This is only a foretaste of what is to come and only the shadow of what is going to be" is a quote from Alan Turing, given in an interview to The Times newspaper on 11 June 1949. Turing is the first LGBT person to feature on a Bank of England banknote.
Security features can help you to tell if a polymer £50 note is fake or real.
(1) Hologram image
Tilt the note from side to side. Check the words change between 'Fifty' and 'Pounds'.
(2) See-through windows
Look at the metallic image over the main window. Check the foil is blue and gold on the front of the note and silver on the back.
Look at the second, smaller window in the bottom corner of the £50 note.
(3) The Queen's portrait in the see-through window
A portrait of the Queen is printed on the window with '£50 Bank of England’ printed twice around the edge.
(4)Silver foil patch
A silver foil patch contains a 3D image of the coronation crown. You will find this above the main see-through window on the front of the note.
(5) Red foil patch
A metallic, red foil patch contains the letters 'AT'. You will find this on the back of the note, directly behind the silver crown on the front of the note.
(6)Feel of polymer and raised print
The note is printed on polymer- a thin and flexible plastic material. On the obverse of the note, you can feel raised print. For example, on the words ‘Bank of England’ and in the bottom right corner, over the smaller window.
(7) Print quality
The printed lines and colours on the note are sharp, clear and free from smudges or blurred edges. If you use a magnifying glass, you will see the value of the note written in small letters and numbers below the Queen's portrait.
(8) Ultra-violet element
Under a UV light, the number '50' appears in bright red and green on the obverse of the banknotenote, while the background remains dull in contrast.
(9) Tactile feature
There is a tactile feature to assist vision-impared people.