Who would you like to see on the new polymer £50 note?

This weekend, the Bank of England confirmed that the £50 note will remain part of UK currency and a new batch will be issued after the £20 note in 2020 following a public nomination process to select potential characters to appear on it.

In keeping with the new £5 and £10 polymer notes, the £50 will also be printed on thin, flexible plastic polymer material, making them cleaner, safer and stronger.

In September 2016, the first polymer £5 note featuring Winston Churchill entered circulation in the UK. Its success lead to the Jane Austen £10 polymer note being released the following year and plans for the first polymer £20 note featuring artist JMW Turner to be issued in 2020. It will be down to the public to decide who should appear on the new £50 notes, so who would you nominate? 

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£20 concept image. Credit: Bank of England.

The £50 note was first introduced in 1981 and there are now 330 million in circulation, totalling a combined value of £16.5 billion!

Recently there have been fears that £50 notes are being used for criminal activity such as tax evasion and are rarely used for standard purchases. However, the Treasury has said that this new batch of polymer notes has been designed to be more secure and harder to forge, meaning that they are here to stay.

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2011 £50 note. Credit: Bank of England.

They will also be more durable and environmentally friendly than their predecessors, lasting roughly 2.5 times longer than paper notes.

Sarah John, the Bank’s Chief Cashier, said: “I’m very excited to be starting the process of introducing a new £50 note. At the Bank, we are committed to providing the public with high quality notes they can use with confidence. Moving the £50 note onto polymer is an important next step to ensure that we can continue to do that.”

What are your thoughts on the £50 note and who would you like to see feature on the next polymer batch? Let us know in the comments below!


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  1. Joyce Hope on November 3, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    On £50 I would like to see STEPHEN HAWKIN.
    A GREAT SCIENTIST IN THE 20th Century.



  2. Tabitha HUMPHREY on November 3, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    Stephen Hawkins – British and Brilliant!



  3. Gem on November 3, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    I think they should put princess Diana should be put on the £50 note It x just assume it’s rarely seen or used as not many people wanfvto take them in shops



  4. Gary Coates on November 3, 2018 at 8:52 am

    Sir Harold Gillies, surgeon in the First World War, although from New Zealand he came to continue his work, he helped countless Soldiers from Britain and the Commonwealth who fought in the Great War.It would be appropriate as it is the 100year anniversary of the war ending.



  5. Louise Neilson on November 3, 2018 at 8:47 am

    Prince Phillip.



  6. Martin Brown on November 3, 2018 at 6:10 am

    Alan Turing for his work in world war 2.



  7. Becky sullivan on November 3, 2018 at 1:59 am

    Professor Stephen Hawking would be my vote. He played such a crucial part of British history, and his name is known synominously across the planet as the most brilliant minded man whos lived in the last 400 years. He made theoretical physics a more commonly heard of subject, which has gained more people caring about it than ever before. He had a mind which could do the most incredible of theorising and equations without a calculator or computer. It seems only right that the professor gets the largest denomination since his brain could handke big numbers 🙂



  8. HilsMP on November 2, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    Sir Isaac Newton as it has to be a scientist on the new note apparently.



  9. neil wharmby on November 2, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    isambard kingdom brunel our greatest ever engineer



  10. Adrian Webb on November 2, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Sir Stephen Hawkin an inspiration to millions worldwide



  11. Debby Benton on November 2, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Hi I think Timothy John Berners-Lee, is an English engineer and computer scientist, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. The inventor of the Web has called for everyone to have access to his creation for free.



  12. Gavin on November 1, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Barry Chuckle – and it should also be law that whenever you hand one over in a store, the cashier says “To me”, and you reply, “to you”.



  13. tony on October 27, 2018 at 9:31 am

    WHAT ABOUT UNCLE ALBERT FROM ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES SAYING ; during the war ;



    • Sean on October 31, 2018 at 5:50 pm

      Sir Timothy John Berners – Lee with an image of the World Wide Web



  14. rodney east on October 24, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    Tyndale and Wycliffe –2 people who translated the Bible so the ordinary person could understand it -a huge step forward for the people



  15. Kay on October 23, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    Edith Cavell.



  16. Julie Scott on October 23, 2018 at 10:03 am

    I would like Prof Stephen Hawking or Alan Turing to be on the new £50 note. I think it should be someone who has made a difference to British history, so either of these two would be my choice !



  17. Amanda P on October 22, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Sir Patrick Stuart



  18. David Sheppard on October 22, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    A nice big Union Flag for after Brexit.



  19. Ste Karlsen on October 22, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Definatly lady Diana although would the royal family agree I’m sure both her sons would love the idea I know I’d love my mum to be on anything that kept her memory fresh in peoples minds



  20. SCOTT DAWKINS on October 21, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Admiral Nelson …..thanks to him we fought off the evils of europe ,pity we havent got someone like him around today to battle for a good brexit deal!



  21. Elvin Jarvis on October 21, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Sir Bobby Robson best manager in the world respected by loads and the sir Bobby Robson foundation has done loads for charity



  22. Jenny G on October 20, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    Edith Cavell, heroic figure from WW1 when we are commemorating 100th anniversary of end of WW1.



  23. Anita on October 20, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    John Lennon would be great



    • Don Hoskins on November 2, 2018 at 9:49 am

      How about Karl Marx (serious suggestion) – recognising at the same time the contribution that people of all nationalilities have made.



  24. Ant Hood on October 19, 2018 at 3:48 am

    Personally, I would like to see the WWF Panda on the new fifty pound note.

    After all, turning all our money into horrible plastic must have an environmental effect? We’re told every day that plastic is evil, yet there is some hair-brained scheme to turn all our money into plastic. Money will truly represent evil at this rate.

    Hopefully the WWF Panda will be a constant reminfer to us and those in power to switch back to nice, environmentally friendly, cotton bank notes.

    After all, they were more durable, if nothing else.



  25. Jamie on October 19, 2018 at 12:46 am

    Beatrix Potter?



  26. Steve Langhorne on October 18, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Sir Terry Pratchett



  27. Lewis on October 18, 2018 at 10:11 am

    nigel farage

    For his efforts for brexit.



    • Andy Taylor on October 19, 2018 at 1:24 am

      Alan Turing. Brilliant WW2 mathematician and codebreaker. The father of modern computing who effectively shortened the war by 4 years and saved millions of lives. Unjustly persecuted for homosexuality he committed suicide, which was a colossal tragedy and huge loss for this country.



      • James Unsworth. on November 2, 2018 at 11:46 am

        I absolutely agree. Alan Turings work at Bletchley Park arguably shortened the war by two years,
        saving hundreds of thousands of lives. He ( because of his Homosexuality was treated in an appalling manner by the establishment, it was disgraceful in the extreame. ( I think his DSO, was sent to him in the post) which, in my opinion only compounded his awful treatment by the Homophobic Establishment. He gave the Nation his brilliant intellect, and dedication. Instead of being feted as a Hero he was osterised by the Establishment and consigned to obscurity. A source of National Shame that in 2018 MUST be addressed by acknowledging his VITAL contribution to the War Effort.



  28. Bobby charlton on October 18, 2018 at 7:45 am

    Bobby charlton survived Munich and helped Manchester United rebuild to win the European cup and win the World Cup in 66 , if he hadn’t survived non of these historic events would never have happened and I’m sure he would be pleased to see it and he also played in the red of Manchester United which would be fitting with a red £50 note



  29. Guest on October 18, 2018 at 5:56 am

    Sir David Attenborough



    • Chris N on October 18, 2018 at 11:59 am

      The Bank of England only puts people who have passed away of historical significance, so Sir David Attenborough is still alive. A nice idea, he might feature on a banknote in the future after he passes away.



  30. Diana on October 17, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    Lady Diana Spencer Princess of Wales.



  31. Craig Swinford on October 17, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Bruce Forsyth in his iconic pose



  32. Joy Gale on October 17, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    I’d like to nominate Prof Stephen Hawking. He’s been involved in so many things and had a brilliant mind.



  33. Chris N on October 17, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Ada Lovelace & Charles Babbage on the new polymer £50 note together!



  34. Peter Fordham on October 17, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Constance Leathart: The forgotten ‘aviatrix’ of WW2 who disguised herself as a man in order to gain her pilots license and fly fighters and bombing raids in world war 2.



  35. Halil on October 17, 2018 at 3:33 am

    Rowan Sebastian Atkinson?



  36. Helen Bate on October 17, 2018 at 1:49 am

    The founder of the NHS, Aneurin Bevan.



  37. Tom on October 16, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    Alfred Russel wallace



  38. Ian Neave on October 16, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Edward Jenner
    Lord Joseph Lister
    Sir Patrick Moore
    Sir Alexander Fleming
    A. Bevan
    Dr Samuel Johnson



  39. John Redmond on October 16, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    GEORGE BEST A TRUE LEGEND IN FOOTBALL ⚽️



  40. Kev on October 16, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Guy Fawkes. Seriously though, William Wilberforce.



  41. ian spalding on October 16, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    Princess Diana



    • Nicholas Hardwick on October 17, 2018 at 7:42 am

      I agree lady Diana



    • Sam Hughes on November 2, 2018 at 2:03 pm

      Sir John cockroft for nuclear power



  42. Andre Nichols on October 16, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Lord nelson



  43. Lachlan on October 16, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    I think Either Albert Einstein or David Attenborough.



  44. Ernest Goodman on October 16, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Only one person for the £50 note…Stephen Hawking.



  45. Luke Killick on October 16, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Geoff Capes, athletics legend, 2 times world strongest man and tv personality.



  46. Jerry Bradshaw on October 16, 2018 at 8:26 am

    I would like to suggest that Henry John Patch “Harry Patch” the UK’s last person from the !st world War to survive before his death at 111 years old a true hero.



    • Brian on October 16, 2018 at 2:53 pm

      Best suggestion yet other than Freddie Mercury that way we would have 2 queens on 1 note



    • ian spalding on October 16, 2018 at 3:32 pm

      Princess Diana



    • Ant Hood on October 19, 2018 at 3:38 am

      This is the perfect suggestion.



  47. Carl baines on October 16, 2018 at 7:02 am

    Mark omrod Royal marine triple amputee competitor at the invictous games



  48. Roland Ell on October 16, 2018 at 1:37 am

    Frances Buss a pioneer of female education
    In line with the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War – Edith Cavell.
    Dorothy Hodgkin a Nobel prize-winning chemist.
    Alan Turing, mathematician and pioneering computer scientist.



  49. Brian Wilson on October 16, 2018 at 12:36 am

    I would like to see Freddie Mercury on our 50 pound notes.



    • Roy Walker on October 17, 2018 at 10:25 am

      Vera lynn the forces sweetheartRoy Walker



      • Chris N on October 18, 2018 at 10:36 am

        The Bank of England only puts people who have passed away of historical significance, so Vera Lynn is still alive!



  50. Derek Savage on October 15, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    Neil Breen or Cool Cat



  51. Ian Bartlett on October 15, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    Nelson on £50 note.



  52. Shane McDonald on October 15, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    I think Freddie Mercury should be on it. It would have Queen from and back in that case.



  53. Terence court on October 15, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    Stephen hawkin.



  54. James Gregg on October 15, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    Enlands Heros Such As The Duke Of Wellington , Nelson, Grace Darling,Etc



    • Chris N on October 18, 2018 at 10:34 am

      The Duke of Wellington has already featured on a £5 note from 1971 to 1991.



  55. Lyndon on October 15, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    Freddie Mercury



  56. Ronnie Maclean on October 15, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    Lord Nelson



  57. Paul Gilbert on October 15, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Professor Stephen Hawking should appear on this note because of his great intellect and his sevices to science. Also how he overcame adversity to achieve what he did
    A true national treasure that has influenced not only scientists, astrologoists, theologians, politicians, but to the everyday man and woman who can look up at the stars and achieve their dreams when they believe they are not obtainable.



  58. Nick Woodley on October 15, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    Dr Hawkin please. He’s one of the most amazing British person to have lived. Shame he could not have lived to see it.



  59. Andrea Thorniley on October 15, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    Hi there.

    Regarding the new £50.

    I would love to see someone like Stephen Hawking. The guy is so clever, and also an inspiration to less able bodied people now too. My second option would be L S Lowry, and third Albert Einstein.



  60. B Medler on October 15, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    My choice would be admiral Lord Nelson



  61. Gordon sutherland on October 15, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee OM KBE FRS FREng FRSA FBCS (TBL).

    To honour the gentleman who has laid the basis for the Internet as we know it.



    • Chris N on October 18, 2018 at 10:31 am

      The Bank of England only puts people who have passed away of historical significance, so Sir Tim Berners-Lee is still alive. It’s a nice idea, he may feature on a future banknote after he passes away.



  62. David Dinenage on October 15, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Isambard Kingdom Brunel.



  63. Anthium on October 15, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    Have we ever had a living person on the back of a note? Can’t think of one off the top of my head, if not then perhaps a first, I would suggest Sir David Attenborough



    • Rachel Hooper on October 16, 2018 at 8:11 am

      Hi Anthium, a living person can’t actually feature on sterling banknotes, but if they could I agree that Sir David Attenborough would be a great choice!



    • Chris N on October 18, 2018 at 10:28 am

      The Bank of England only puts people who have passed away of historical significance, so Sir David Attenborough is still alive. A nice idea, he might feature on a banknote in the future after he passes away.



  64. Mr S M Barron on October 15, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    Vera lynn is the person I’d like to see on the new 20 pound note.



  65. Paul Binns on October 15, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    I Would like to see Princess Diana on the New Polymer Fifty Pound Note



  66. Barry Moore on October 15, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    Prince Phillip the Duke of Edinburgh. He has supported the Queen since 1952.



    • Chris N on October 18, 2018 at 10:20 am

      The Bank of England only puts people who have passed away of historical significance, so Prince Phillip the Duke of Edinburgh is still alive!



  67. Jeffrey oneill on October 15, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    The person i would vote for is bertrix potter



  68. Ray Balding on October 15, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    I believe the person on the new £50 note should be Princess Diana.



  69. Saffron on October 15, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    I think Stephen Hawkin, or Rosalind Franklin should be featured on the £50.



  70. Nigel Daft on October 15, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    Given some recent public votes, they will probably invent a new character called Notey McNoteface 🙂



  71. Mr Gerrard D Chambers on October 15, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    The £50 note at the moment is not accepted by a lot of retail shops so why not have a £30 note, we the £5, £10, £20 notes so why not a £30 note.
    Why no have a modern day person on the new note such as 5 times Olympic gold medal winner Sir Steven Redgrave.



    • Rachel Hooper on October 16, 2018 at 8:12 am

      That’s a very interesting idea!



    • Chris N on October 18, 2018 at 10:17 am

      The Bank of England only puts people who have passed away of historical significance, so Sir Steven Redgrave is still alive!



  72. John Patch on October 15, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Isambard Kingdom Brunel would be my choice.



  73. Martin Whitell on October 15, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    I haven’t seen a £50 note for years. They are not in general use as cash dispensers do not give them out and banks very rarely order them from cash centres. For larger transactions debit or credit card payments are safer and more convenient. I think they should be discontinued.



    • Rachel Hooper on October 16, 2018 at 8:13 am

      Many people seem to think the same Martin, although this new announcement suggests they won’t be going anywhere soon.



  74. Terry Dowd on October 15, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    There should be a Union flag somewhere on it – even harder to fake then (and stick it in the eye to the Scots who want to break the union)



  75. Teresa on October 15, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    As it is 100 years since the ww1 i think it shud be a horses dog and pigin as a reminder that animals were there to



  76. Stephen Manship on October 15, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Lloyd George



  77. Julz on October 15, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Merlin lets have someone welsh for a change



  78. Matthew Oaten on October 15, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    Horatio Nelson should be on the £50 note



  79. Neil Pomeroy on October 15, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Winston Churchill or Margaret Thatcher



    • Chris N on October 18, 2018 at 10:13 am

      Winston Churchill is already on the current polymer £5 note!



  80. Shaun R on October 15, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    Lady Diana Spencer



  81. Michael on October 15, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Ken Dodd or Vera Lynn or Laurie Cunningham



    • Chris N on October 18, 2018 at 10:11 am

      The Bank of England only puts people who have passed away of historical significance, so Vera Lynn is still alive!



  82. David Tomlinson on October 15, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Nelson.



  83. Donald Farr on October 15, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    Rosalind Franklin



  84. David Jordan on October 15, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    Who cares? We never see one, haven’t uour heard we are skint bacause £39 billion is being given away in foreign aid whilst so many people in our country is living on the bread line, going to soup kitchens or just scraping through. Why not Micky Mouse or Scrooby door?



  85. Nigel Butler on October 15, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    Admiral Lord Nelson



  86. Peter birkett on October 15, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    I would like to see Patrick more on the £50 note because he was an icon in astronomy and should be ackowledge for his part in the space race.



  87. william barron murray on October 15, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Love to see Emily Bronte on the new £50 note, a beautiful looking lady, and a great writer, every one knows Freshman’s Creek. Billm



  88. Susan crawford on October 15, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    Charles Dickens or Charlie Chaplin



    • Chris N on October 18, 2018 at 10:07 am

      Charles Dickens was already on the £10 note from 1992 to 2003.



  89. toni davenport on October 15, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Thomas Telford



  90. Paul on October 15, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Although I didn’t like them at first I have got used to the £5 and £10 notes.
    I would nominate Stephen Hawking, as I feel his contributions to the world have been worthy of receiving this kind of honour.



  91. Rodney Turner on October 15, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Ada Lovelace



  92. ROBERT ROBERTS on October 15, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    i think Matthew Boulton should go on the back of the £50.00 pound note after all he make some of the old coins or
    stephenson or brunel should be given a chance.



    • Chris N on October 17, 2018 at 2:18 pm

      Matthew Boulton is already on the current £50 note with James Watt!



  93. Duncan Moore on October 15, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Sir Ernest Shackleton



  94. Ron Cashin on October 15, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    I nominate Sir Robert Peel, former prime minister, and founder of the modern police force, to be featured on the new £50 note.



  95. Jason Sheppard on October 15, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Freddie Mercury, Queen on both sides.



  96. Irene on October 15, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    The Beatles



  97. barry on October 15, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    ive had a £50 note and most shops wont take them



    • Rachel Hooper on October 16, 2018 at 8:18 am

      It’s true that they are rarely used in routine purchases and many shops will refuse to take them rather than risk a £50 loss. Yet it seems that with this new announcement £50 notes are still in demand and won’t be removed from circulation any time soon.