Here’s when the new £50 note will launch in the UK – release date and more
World War Two codebreaker Alan Turing will be the face of the new £50 note when a plastic version finally hits circulation, the Bank of England has revealed.
“Alan Turing was an outstanding mathematician whose work has had an enormous impact on how we live today,” said Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England at a speech in Manchester on 15 July.
“As the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, as well as a war hero, Alan Turing’s contributions were far ranging and path breaking. Turing is a giant on whose shoulders so many now stand.
The mathematician is best known for his invention of the Turing Machine, the algorithmic device that was later described as the first generation model of a computer.
He was also persecuted after the war in 1952 because he was homosexual. He died two years later, and it was concluded that the cause was suicide by cyanide poisoning.
The new £50 note will follow on from the £20 design, which will feature a portrait of J.M.W Turner, also known as William Turner, a famous English painter who died in 1851
The new £50 note will be next – with Turing’s face set to go into circulation in 2021, the Bank of England has said.
There are currently 344 million of the old £50 notes still around, according to statistics, with a combined value of £17.2billion. After release, these will gradually start to be withdrawn from circulation.