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Old 27 April 2013, 11:09 AM
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Sir Winston Churchill will feature on the new design of a banknote which will enter circulation in 2016, the Bank of England has announced.

The wartime leader's image is planned to feature on the reverse of the new £5 note, together with one of his most celebrated quotations.
The current face on the fiver is Elizabeth Fry. Changing to Churchill will mean that there is again no woman commemorated on a Bank of England note. A friend did draw my attention to Mary Slessor, who is on the Clydesdale 10 pound note in Scotland, however.
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Old 27 April 2013, 11:28 AM
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A friend did draw my attention to Mary Slessor, who is on the Clydesdale 10 pound note in Scotland, however.
Also Elsie Inglis on the 2009-issue 50 pound note.
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Old 27 April 2013, 05:48 PM
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Wow. No notes with Victoria or Elizabeth I? Or are they on coins? Or do the banknotes stick with non-royal leaders?
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Wow. No notes with Victoria or Elizabeth I? Or are they on coins? Or do the banknotes stick with non-royal leaders?
All coins and all Bank of England notes have the current monarch on them, so it's not appropriate to have a previous monarch on them as well, though I'm sure nobody would be confused as to which was which. Queen Victoria was already on all the British coins minted between 1837 and 1901 so I'm sure she's cool with it.
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Old 27 April 2013, 07:59 PM
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Also, British banknotes don't normally feature "leaders" as we don't like politicians very much and will only have one on a banknote if he defeats Napoleon or Hitler.

Bank of England notes have featured:

Isaac Newton (scientist)
Duke of Wellington (soldier and statesman)
Florence Nightingale (social reformer and scientist)
William Shakespeare (writer)
Christopher Wren (architect)
George Stephenson (engineer)
Charles Dickens (writer)
Michael Faraday (scientist)
John Houblon (banker)
Elizabeth Fry (social reformer)
Charles Darwin (scientist)
Edward Elgar (composer)
Adam Smith (economist)
Matthew Boulton and James Watt (engineers)

Bank of Scotland notes all have Sir Walter Scott (writer) on one side and Scottish landmarks on the other.

Royal Bank of Scotland notes all have Lord Islay (banker) on one side and Scottish castles on the other.

Clydesdale Bank notes have:

Robert Burns (writer)
Mary Slessor (missionary)
Robert I (King of Scots)
Adam Smith
Lord Kelvin (scientist)
Sir Alexander Fleming (scientist)
Elsie Inglis (doctor and social reformer)
Charles Rennie Mackintosh (architect and artist)
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Queen Victoria was already on all the British coins minted between 1837 and 1901 so I'm sure she's cool with it.
And, of course, monarchs previous to Queen Victoria were on coins from their reigns. Even England's shortest reigning monarch, Jane, had coins minted during her nine day stay on the throne. It is also worth noting that the only monarch ever to appear on Bank of England notes is Elizabeth II.

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Old 27 April 2013, 09:01 PM
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Ah, OK, I didn't realize that the other figure was in addition to the current monarch.

I would love to watch our conservatives freak out if we put Charles Darwin on our money. (Right next to the "In God We Trust" motto, preferably...)
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One of the unofficial criteria for choice of portrait for a Bank of England note was hairiness- it was considered that large ammounts of hair (especially facial hair) meant that notes were more difficult to forge
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I would love to watch our conservatives freak out if we put Charles Darwin on our money.
Rightly so, since Darwin wasn't an American.
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