UK Currency Photographs

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    UK Money

    ••• Notes and Coins Reproduced with permission from the Bank of England (FCA/9817A). Image: © Laura Porter licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Notes and Coins

    The UK unit of currency is pounds sterling, not the Euro. Have a look at these pictures of UK notes and coins to familiarize yourself with the money before your trip.

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    UK Notes

    ••• Reproduced with permission from the Bank of England (FCA/9817A). Image: © Laura Porter licensed to About.com, Inc.
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    Fifty Pound Note

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    ••• Sir John Houblon. © Laura Porter, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This £50 note was introduced in April 2014 and previous issues are no longer legal tender. Make sure you have the Matthew Boulton and James Watt £50 note.

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    Twenty Pound Note

    Twenty pound note
    ••• Adam Smith Reproduced with permission from the Bank of England (FCA/9817A). © Laura Porter, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The Bank of England issued the Adam Smith £20 note on 13 March 2007. The note features Adam Smith, 18th century Scottish philosopher and economist, on the back and incorporates enhanced security features. It is the same size and predominantly the same color (purple) as the old-style Elgar £20 note that featured Sir Edward Elgar on the back but do note the Elgar £20 note has been withdrawn.

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    Twenty Pound Note 2

    Twenty pound note
    ••• Adam Smith Reproduced with permission from the Bank of England (FCA/9817A). © Laura Porter, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The Bank of England issued the Adam Smith £20 note on 13 March 2007. The note features Adam Smith, 18th century Scottish philosopher and economist, on the back and incorporates enhanced security features. It is the same size and predominantly the same color (purple) as the old-style Elgar £20 note that featured Sir Edward Elgar on the back but do note the Elgar £20 note has been withdrawn.

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    Old Twenty Pound Note - Now Withdrawn

    Old-style £20 note
    ••• Sir Edward Elgar Reproduced with permission from the Bank of England (FCA/9817A). © Laura Porter licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The Bank of England issued the Adam Smith £20 note on 13 March 2007. The note features Adam Smith, 18th century Scottish philosopher and economist, on the back and incorporates enhanced security features. It is the same size and predominantly the same color (purple) as the old-style Elgar £20 note that featured Sir Edward Elgar on the back but do note the Elgar £20 note has been withdrawn.

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    Old Twenty Pound Note 2 - Now Withdrawn

    Old-style £20 note
    ••• The Queen Reproduced with permission from the Bank of England (FCA/9817A). © Laura Porter licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The Bank of England issued the Adam Smith £20 note on 13 March 2007. The note features Adam Smith, 18th century Scottish philosopher and economist, on the back and incorporates enhanced security features. It is the same size and predominantly the same color (purple) as the old-style Elgar £20 note that featured Sir Edward Elgar on the back but do note the Elgar £20 note has been withdrawn.

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    Ten Pound Note 1

    ••• Charles Darwin Reproduced with permission from the Bank of England (FCA/9817A). Image: © Laura Porter licensed to About.com, Inc.
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    Ten Pound Note 2

    ••• The Queen Reproduced with permission from the Bank of England (FCA/9817A). Image: © Laura Porter licensed to About.com, Inc.
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    Five Pound Note 1

    ••• Elizabeth Fry Reproduced with permission from the Bank of England (FCA/9817A). Image: © Laura Porter licensed to About.com, Inc.
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    Five Pound Note 2

    ••• The Queen Reproduced with permission from the Bank of England (FCA/9817A). Image: © Laura Porter licensed to About.com, Inc.
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    UK Coins 1

    ••• Gold, Silver and Copper Coins. Image: © Laura Porter licensed to About.com, Inc.
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    UK Coins 2

    ••• Gold, Silver and Copper Coins. Image: © Laura Porter licensed to About.com, Inc.
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    Gold Coins

    ••• 2 pound coin and 1 pound coin. Image: © Laura Porter licensed to About.com, Inc.
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    Two Pound Coin 1

    ••• Gold and Silver Coin. Image: © Laura Porter licensed to About.com, Inc.
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    Two Pound Coin 2

    ••• Gold and Silver Coin. Image: © Laura Porter licensed to About.com, Inc.
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    One Pound Coin

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    Silver Coins

    ••• 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p. Image: © Laura Porter licensed to About.com, Inc.
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    Fifty Pence Coin

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    Twenty Pence Coin

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    Ten Pence Coin

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    Five Pence Coin

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    Copper Coins

    ••• 2p and 1p. Image: © Laura Porter licensed to About.com, Inc.
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    Two Pence Coin

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    One Pence Coin

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    Fifty Pound Note 2

    ••• The Queen Reproduced with permission from the Bank of England (FCA/9817A). Image: © Laura Porter licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This £50 is no longer legal tender. Make sure you have the Matthew Boulton and James Watt £50 note.