Five pound sterling note(Series E)
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Current banknotes in circulation:
Size: 135 x 70mm
Main color: Green
Date of issue: 21 May 2002
Date ceased to be legal tender: 5 May 2017
The Series E banknote, the 5 pound note, entered circulation on 21 May 2002. It features a portrait of Elizabeth Fry, who made her name fighting for improved living conditions for women in European jails. The banknote was withdrawn from circulation after 5 May 2017. For information about how to exchange withdrawn notes check Bank of England Exchanging old banknotes page.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 £5 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 5 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 back of the Series E 5 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 £5 note are sharp, clear and free from smudges or blurred edges.
Using a magnifying glass, look closely at the lettering beneath the Queen’s portrait on the £5- you will see the value of the note written in small letters and numbers.
(6)Check the ultra-violet feature
If you look at the front of the note under a good quality ultra-violet light, the number 5 appears in bright red and green whilst the background remains dull in contrast.
(7)Check the hologram
There is a hologram on the foil patch on the front of the five pound note. If you tilt the note, the image will change between a brightly colored picture of Britannia and the number 5.