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Great British Pound Notes & People Who’ve Appeared On Them …

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Born from the idea that a lot of people may not know the figures that feature on their money, we’ve released an infographic in a joint effort with GoCompare which looks at ‘people on Great British Pound (GBP) notes’, including who they are, why they’re significant and more.

Photo of John Houblon
John Houblon

The infographic includes short biographical descriptions of the Duke of Wellington, Elizabeth Fry, Charles Darwin, Adam Smith, James Watt, Matthew Boulton, George Stephenson, Florence Nightingale, Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, Michael Faraday, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Christopher Wren and Sir John Houblon.

As well as current people included on Great British Pound banknotes, the piece also includes Winston Churchill and Jane Austen who’ll be featured from 2016 and 2017 respectively, along with earlier faces and banknotes that are no longer in circulation.

Photo of Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill

Ever wonder: 

“Who is the woman on the £5 pound note?”


“Who will be on the new banknotes?”

For example, did you know that a portrait of Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II  has appeared on English money since 1960? She was the first monarch to feature on a Bank of England note.

Here’s more …

Faces on England's currency - Great British Pound (GBP)

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