The new £50 note, featuring computer pioneer and code-breaker Alan Turing, has been unveiled by Governor of the Bank of England, Andrew Bailey.
The polymer banknote will enter circulation on 23 June, to coincide with what would have been the mathematician’s birthday. Like the £20, the new note incorporates two windows and a two-colour foil, making it very difficult to counterfeit. There is also a hologram image which changes between the words ‘Fifty’ and ‘Pounds’ when tilting the note from side to side.
Bailey said: “There’s something of the character of a nation in its money, and we are right to consider and celebrate the people on our banknotes. So I’m delighted that our new £50 features one of Britain’s most important scientists, Alan Turing. Turing is best known for his code-breaking work at Bletchley Park, which helped end the Second World War.
“In addition, he was a leading mathematician, developmental biologist and a pioneer in the field of computer science. He was also gay, and was treated appallingly as a result. By placing him on our new polymer £50 banknote, we are celebrating his achievements, and the values he symbolises.”