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5 pound sterling note

5 Pound Sterling note

+ Pound sterling- General information

Quick links to current banknotes:

- 5 Pound Sterling polymer note
- 10 Pound Sterling polymer note
- 20 Pound Sterling note
- 50 Pound Sterling note

Withdrawn banknotes:

- 5 Pound Sterling note
- 10 Pound Sterling note

Size: 135 x 70 mm 

5 Pound sterling note obverse 5 Pound sterling note reverse

The current £5 note features Elizabeth Fry, who made her name fighting for improved living conditions for women in European jails.

+Security Features:

£5 specimen front

£5 specimen back

(1)Check the paper and raised print

five 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 banknote you can feel raised print in areas such as the words ‘Bank of England’.

(2)Check the metallic thread

£5 banknote metallic thread

There is a metallic thread embedded in every banknote. This appears as silver dashes on the back of the five pound sterling note. If you hold the note up to the light the metallic thread will appear as a continuous dark line.

(3)Check the watermark.

£5 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.

Five Pound sterling banknote print quality

The printed lines and colours on the £5 note are sharp, clear and free from smudges or blurred edges.

(5)Check microlettering

£5 note microlettering

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

five Pound note 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

£5 banknote 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 coloured picture of Britannia and the number 5.

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