Commenting on the choice, the Governor said: “Our banknotes acknowledge the life and work of great Britons. Sir Winston Churchill was a truly great British leader, orator and writer. Above that, he remains a hero of the entire free world. His energy, courage, eloquence, wit and public service are an inspiration to us all. I am proud to announce that he will appear on our next banknote.“
The plan is for the Churchill note to be issued as a £5 note, and that it shall be issued during 2016; but those choices may be reviewed as plans for issuing the new note are finalised. Features of the design on the reverse of the note will include:
- A portrait of Winston Churchill from a photograph taken in Ottawa by Yousuf Karsh on 30 December 1941 – © Yousuf Karsh/Camera Press.
- A view of Westminster and the Elizabeth Tower from the South Bank looking across Westminster Bridge – © Abi Daker.
- The image of the Elizabeth Tower with the hands of the Great Clock at 3 o’clock – the approximate time on 13 May 1940 when Sir Winston Churchill declared in a speech to the House of Commons: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” This declaration is quoted beneath the portrait.
- A background image of the Nobel Prize medal which he was awarded in 1953 for literature, together with the wording of the prize citation. The trademark Nobel Prize® is reproduced with permission from the Nobel Foundation.
Further details on the full design of the new note will be revealed when the new note is launched, together with a full promotion and awareness campaign.
Courtesy of Paul Walters.