Sir Winston Churchill to replace Elizabeth Fry on the new £5 banknote

The Bank of England have confirmed that the new £5 note will be released into circulation in September this year and will feature Sir Winston Churchill, replacing Elizabeth Fry, currently on the £5 note.

The design

The design features the famous portrait of Churchill in 1941 known as the ‘Roaring Lion’ as well as his famous quote “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat” which he made on the day he became Prime Minister.

The clock on the Parliament building in the background shows the time as 3 o’clock which is when Sir Winston Churchill made the address to the public.

Just above this is his Nobel Prize in Literature which he was awarded in 1953.

Each aspect of the new banknotes design appropriately captures Churchill and his contribution to the UK.

Plastic money – and it’s not your credit card

For the first time in its 300-year history, the Bank of England will issue polymer banknotes. Polymer is manufactured from a transparent plastic film and will be made from a cleaner and more durable material which can be used to incorporate new security features.

Infographic Polymer Banknotes 2-01

According to the Bank of England, the demand for cash continues to grow and the new polymer banknotes will shape the usage of cash in the future. It has been revealed that a new £10 banknote will be issued in 2017 featuring Jane Austin while a £20 is due for release by 2020 but it is yet to be decided who will feature.



  1. B.A. Boon on April 1, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    there are fakes of the Mary Rose £2 circulating – they have a mirror field, and frosted Queen’s head and design – the one I have is dated 2015 on the heads side, and has a milled edge without any incuse lettering.
    it’s possible you have one of these (Chinese produced?)

    • tobyone on April 4, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      Hi I have a Mary Rose £2 coin without a date on it also its in a mint condition, I handle a lot of coins each day and have not come across a Mary Rose £2 coin dated 2015. I made a comment on the 8th March as I think that the mint used the head die for the Technology £2 coin with the tail die of the Mary Rose £2 coin in error as the date is on the tail side of the Technology £2 coins.

  2. Dan on March 9, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    I have a 1993 and a 1997 Flax £1 coin. I checked for mintage figures and there is no mention of any of these coins being made in these years. Are they error coins or are they just counterfeit?

  3. tobyone on March 9, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Hi what picture is on the tail side of the coin? As I mentioned earlier I now have two coins with the Mary Rose on the tail side, the date for this coin (2011) and is on the head side of the coin, and I have one with and one without a date on the head side. I hope this helps you as their have not been many selling on E-Bay as I have a look each day.

  4. Vikas kumar on March 8, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Hii I have a undated £2 coin if u can let me the price off coin if u need pic send me. Email as well

    • tobyone on March 8, 2016 at 7:06 pm

      Hi if the £2 coin is depicting the Mary Rose on the tail side, I saw some selling on E-Bay and the price range was from £34 to £90. I am still waiting for the Mint to admit that they used the head side die of the Technology £2 coin for 2011 with the tail side die depicting the Mary Rose £2 coin. The reason for this is that on the Technology £2 coins the date is on the tail side of the coin.

      • Vikas on March 9, 2016 at 10:06 am

        Hii i check on eBay as well that coins have a date but which one I have that one don’t have date any side