Charity Auction of Bank of England Notes

8 April 2020 | 5 PM


The new polymer £20 note featuring artist JMW Turner entered circulation for the first time on 20 February 2020. To celebrate the issue of its most secure banknote yet, the Bank of England has partnered with Spink to hold a charity auction of low numbered polymer £20 banknotes at Spink's London office on 8 April. The auction proceeds will be donated equally between three charities chosen by Bank staff: YoungMinds, Pancreatic Cancer UK and Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Lots on offer will include the serial number AA01000010 (the lowest numbered publically available note) and a complete sheet of £20 notes. A total of 140 lots will go under the hammer with 0% commission as single items or groups of notes.

The new £20 includes two see-through windows and a two colour foil which make it very difficult to counterfeit. Design features include JMW Turner’s self-portrait and his masterpiece The Fighting Temeraire. The new £20 note is also the first banknote to feature the signature of Sarah John, the Bank’s current Chief Cashier. Further details about the new £20 note are available at

For more information on the Charity Auction of Bank of England Notes or to schedule a viewing, please contact:

Elaine Fung

Email: [email protected] | Tel: +4420 7563 4095


Barnaby Faull

Email: [email protected] | Tel: +4420 7563 4031

SPINK UK | 67-69 Southampton Row | Bloomsbury | WC1B 4ET | London


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