In the wake of Queen Elizabeth II’s passing in 2022, King Charles III has stepped into the spotlight at a time of great change and uncertainty. His reign has been defined by navigating complex political landscapes, social issues, and the ongoing debate surrounding the relevance of the monarchy in modern society. Read along to learn about the new King Charles III banknotes.

Photo of King Charles III | Source: Royal.UK

As a long time heir, King Charles III brings a wealth of experience and wisdom to the role of monarch. His dedication to public service and his advocacy on issues such as the environment, architecture, and youth empowerment have garnered both praise and criticism over the years. Only time will tell how King Charles III will shape the future of the British monarchy. One thing is for certain: his reign will be a defining moment in the history of the royal family and the United Kingdom as a whole.

Sarah John, Chief Cashier, Alongside New King Charles III £20 | Source: Bank of England

On June 5, 2024 the Bank of England finally announced that the long waited King Charles III banknotes will begin circulating throughout the territory. His portrait will now be featured on the obverse side of all £5, £10, £20, and £50 Pound banknotes. The reverse side will maintain the same current design featuring Elizabeth II. The old banknotes featuring the Queen will remain legal tender and both will co-circulate alongside each other.

UK 20 Pounds | 2018 | Source: Banknote World

Let’s compare the old version versus the new version featuring the King. An example is the £20 Pounds. Great Britain 20 Pounds, 2018. It’s printed on polymer. Its obverse features Elizabeth II. The reverse of the note depicts Joseph Mallord William Turner who is known as the “Painter of Light”. It also shows Turner’s oil painting “The Fighting Temeraire”. The banknote does not contain a security thread or watermark.

UK – England 20 Sterling | 2024 | Source: Banknote World

Now the one featuring the King. Great Britain – England 20 Pounds Sterling, 2024. It’s printed on polymer and maintains the same purple and white color scheme as the previous design. Its obverse features a portrait of King Charles III. His image is also visible on the see through window. The reverse of the note depicts Joseph Mallord William Turner who is known as the “Painter of Light”. It also shows Turner’s oil painting “The Fighting Temeraire”. The banknote does not contain a security thread or watermark. Below you can find images of the rest of the new banknote family. Are you eager to get your hands on the new Sterling Pounds banknotes featuring the King?

UK England £5, £10, £20, and £50 Pound Banknotes | Source: Bank of England

Sources:

https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/king-charles-banknotes

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