The Governor of Bank of England, Mark Carney, has unveiled the design of the new £20 banknote.

The new banknote features British artist, JMW Turner, and will be issued on 20 February 2020.

According to the Bank of England, it is made from polymer and contains sophisticated security features, making it the most secure banknote to date in England.

The banknote incorporates two windows and a two-colour foil, making it more difficult to counterfeit.

The polymer banknote lasts longer than a paper one and will stay in better condition.

It also contains a tactile feature for visually impaired people to identify the denomination.

This £20 banknote will join the Winston Churchill £5 and the Jane Austen £10.

The £50 note, featuring British mathematician, Alan Turing, will come in 2021.

The public will be able to spend the paper £20 as usual until all of them will be slowly withdrawn as they are banked by retailers.

A notice will be given six months before the paper one will be withdrawn.

“Our banknotes celebrate the UK’s heritage, salute its culture, and testify to the achievements of its most notable individuals,” Carney said.

“The new £20 note celebrates Turner, his art and his legacy in all their radiant, colourful, evocative glory,” he added.

The £20 note will feature the signature of the bank’s Chief Cashier, Sarah John.

“The new £20 is an important part of our commitment to providing banknotes.  The new polymer notes are much harder to counterfeit and, with the £20 being our most common note, this marks a big step forward in our fight against counterfeiting,” she said.

“I hope the public will look forward to the new Turner £20s…”

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