When does the old £20 note go out of date and can I still use it? – The Sun
NEW polymer £20 notes went into circulation on February 20, but you can still use the old paper notes for now.
The plastic version, which features British painter JMW Turner, is designed to be more durable than the paper design and less susceptible to fraud.
It is now available in cash machines and from banks, and will eventually replace the old paper £20, which features economist Adam Smith.
The paper £20 note was first issued in 2007 and the Bank of England says there are over two billion in circulation.
Laid end to end, that would stretch around the world almost seven times and weigh a total of 1,780 tonnes – that’s over 141 double decker buses.
But paper £20 notes can continue to be used as normal for now as an end date for their use is yet to been announced.
The Bank of England says it will give six months’ notice ahead of the notes being withdrawn as legal tender.
But even after the old £20 notes have been withdrawn from circulation, many banks will still accept them as deposits from customers.
The Post Office may also accept withdrawn notes as a deposit into any bank account.
And you can always exchange withdrawn notes directly with the Bank of England.
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The note joins the polymer Winston Churchill £5 and the Jane Austen £10.
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