Houblon £50 banknote to be withdrawn on 30 April 2014

The Bank of England has announced that the £50 banknote carrying the portrait of Sir John Houblon, the first Governor of the Bank of England, will be withdrawn from circulation on 30 April. From that time, only the £50 note featuring Matthew Boulton and James Watt, which was introduced in November 2011, will hold legal tender status.

Members of the public who have Houblon £50 notes can continue to use them up to and including 30 April.

After 30 April, general retailers are unlikely to accept the Houblon notes as payment. However, most banks and building societies will continue to accept them for deposit to customer accounts. Agreeing to exchange the notes after 30 April is at the discretion of individual institutions. Barclays, NatWest, RBS, Ulster Bank and the Post Office have all agreed to exchange Houblon £50 notes for members of the public – up to the value of £200 – until 30 October 2014.

The Bank of England will continue to exchange Houblon £50 notes after 30 April, as it would for any other Bank of England note which no longer has legal tender status.

The Houblon £50 banknote was first issued on 20 April 1994. The Boulton and Watt £50 banknote was first issued on 2 November 2011.

There are an estimated 63 million (£3.2bn) Houblon notes still in circulation.

Old series Bank of England notes can be presented for exchange either in person at the Bank’s premises in London, or sent by post (at the sender’s risk) to: Dept NEX, Bank of England, Threadneedle Street, London EC2R 8AH. For further details, please see the Bank of England website. More…

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