Bank of England unveils design of new 50-pound note featuring scientist Alan Turing

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LONDON, March 25 (Xinhua) — The Bank of England (BoE), Britain’s central bank, on Thursday unveiled the design of a new 50-pound banknote featuring scientist Alan Turing, who is well known for codebreaking during the Second World War and pioneering work in computer science.

The banknote will enter circulation on June 23, 2021, which coincides with his birthday.

The polymer 50-pound note would contain “advanced security features, completing our most secure set of Bank of England polymer banknotes yet”, said the BoE.

“I’m delighted that our new 50-pound features one of Britain’s most important scientists, Alan Turing,” said BoE Governor Andrew Bailey, applauding Turing as a codebreaker, mathematician, developmental biologist and pioneer in the computer science.

The public can continue to use paper 50-pound notes as usual, according to the BoE, adding that “notice will be given at least six months ahead of the date when the old paper 50-pound is withdrawn.”

In 2018, the BoE decided to choose the scientist on the new 50-pound banknote. It received a total of 227,299 nominations, covering 989 eligible characters. Enditem

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