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UK Twenty Pound Banknotes

 

Rotographic 14th Edition of "Collector's Banknotes"

Reference

Vincent Duggleby's
7th Edition of "English Paper Money"
Reference

Pick reference

2009 Banknote
Yearbook 6th Edition:
Reference

Date
Prefix Sequence
Sequence Detail
Notes/comments

Twenty Pounds - C.P. Mahon (1925 - 1929)
Black on White - 212 x 135mm - 8.3125 x 5.3125in

RB171
-
-
BE200
!925 to 1929
-
-
London
Twenty Pounds - B.G. Catterns (1929 - 1934)
Black on White - 212 x 135mm - 8.3125 x 5.3125in
RB172
-
-
BE201
1929 to 1934
-
-
London
Twenty Pounds - K. O. Peppiatt (1934 - 1949)
Black on White - 212 x 135mm - 8.3125 x 5.3125in
RB173
-
-
BE202
1934 to 1942
-
-
London
Twenty Pounds - Series "D" Pictorial Issue - J. S. Fforde (1966 - 1970)
Purple and multicoloured- 160 x 90mm - 6.25 x 3.5in
Reverse depicting William Shakespeare
RB174
B318
-
BE203a
1970 (July)
LNN
A01
-
-
B203b
A--
-
-
BE203c
A05
-
RB175
-
-
B204
1970 (July)
LNN
M01
Replacement notes
Twenty Pounds - Series "D" Pictorial Issue - J. B. Page (1970 - 1980)
Purple and multicoloured - 160 x 90mm - 6.25 x 3.5in
Reverse depicting William Shakespeare
RB176
B328
-
BE205a
1970 (Date unknown)
LNN
A06
-
-
BE205b
A--
-
-
BE205c
B--
-
-
BE205d
C--
-
-
BE205e
D--
(traced to D80)
RB177
B329
-
BE206a
1970 (Date unknown)
LNN
M01
Replacement notes
-
BE206b
M--
Replacement notes
-
BE206c
M04
Replacement notes

Twenty Pounds - Series "D" Pictorial Issue - D. H. F. Somerset (1980 - 1988)
Purple and multicoloured - 160 x 90mm - 6.25 x 3.5in

Reverse depicting William Shakespeare

RB178
B350
-
B207a
1981 (March )
LNN
E01
-
-
B207b
E--
-
-
B207c
H--
-
-
B207d
J--
-
-
B207e
J40
-

Twenty Pounds - Series "D" Pictorial Issue - D. H. F. Somerset (1980 - 1988)
Purple and multicoloured with enhanced green and brown colouring - 160 x 90mm - 6.25 x 3.5in
Reverse depicting William Shakespeare
Windowed security thread.
Watermark changed from H.M Queen Elizabeth II to Shakespeare.

RB180
B351
-
B208a
1984 (November)
NNL
01A
-
-
BE208b
--A
-
-
BE208c
--B to --J
Without F, G or I??????
-
BE208d
--K
(traced to 40K)

Twenty Pounds - Series "D" Pictorial Issue - G. M. Gill (1988 - 1991)
Purple and multicoloured with enhanced green and brown colouring - 160 x 90mm - 6.25 x 3.5in
Reverse depicting William Shakespeare
Windowed security thread.
Watermark changed from H.M Queen Elizabeth II to Shakespeare.

RB181
B355
-
BE209a
1988 (March)
NNL
01L
-
-
BE209b
--L
-
BE209c
--M to --W
Without O, P, Q and V??????
-
BE209d
--X
-
-
BE209e
20X
(last prefix of Pictorial Series "D" £20serial numbers below 998500 from circulation)
-
BE209f
20X
(Serial numbers 998500 to 999999 from packs)

Twenty Pounds - Series "E" Historical Issue - G. M. Gill (1988 - 1991)
Purple and multicoloured with enhanced green and brown colouring - 149 x 80mm - 5.875 x 3.125in
Reverse depicting Michael Faraday
Windowed security thread.

RB2000
B358
-
BE210a
1991 (June)
LNN
A01
-
-
BE210b
A-- to D--
-
-
BE210c
D70
(Last official run)
-
BE210d
E--, H--, J--, L--, R--, S-- and U--

(Overlaps with Kentfield BE212a, b below)

Without F, G, I, M, O and P??????

-
BE210e
U19
-
RB2000b
-
BE210f
Z13
Experimental note
RB2001
-
-
BE211
A-- to C--
Column sort note (with control numbers above 70. Overlaps with Kentfield BE213a, b below)

Twenty Pounds - Series "E" Historical Issue - G. E. A. Kentfield (1991 - 1998)
Purple and multicoloured with enhanced green and brown colouring - 149 x 80mm - 5.875 x 3.125in
Reverse depicting Michael Faraday
Windowed security thread.

RB2002
B371
-
BE212a
1991 (November)
LNN
E01
-
-
BE212b
E--, H-- to L--, N--, R-- to U--, W--
(Overlaps with Gill BE210d above)
-
BE212c
W35
(Last official run with serial numbers below 998500from circulation)
-
BE212d
W35
(With Serial Numbers 998500 to 999999 from packs)
-
-
BE213a
1991 (November)
LNN
A--
Column sort note (with control numbers above 70. Overlaps with Gill BE211 above)
-
-
BE213b
B--, C--
Column sort note (with control numbers above 70. Overlaps with Gill BE211 above)
RB2002b
-
-
BE214a
1991 (November)
LNN
M--

Replacement notes

(traced from M01 to M31)

-
-
BE214b
Z--

Experimental note

(traced to Z35)

-
-
BE214c
Z90
Experimental note

Twenty Pounds - Series "E" Historical Issue - G. E. A. Kentfield (1991 - 1998)
Purple and multicoloured with enhanced green and brown colouring - 149 x 80mm - 5.875 x 3.125in
Reverse depicting Michael Faraday
With enhanced and additional value tablets.

RB2003
B374
-
BE215a
1993 (September)
LNN
X01
-
-
BE215b
X-- and Y--
(traced to Y70)
-
-
BE216
1993 (September)
LNN
X-- and Y--
(Column sort note (with control numbers above 70))
RB2004
B375
-
BE217a
1994 (date unknown)
LNNL
AA01
-
-
BE217b
AA--
-
-
BE217c
AB-- to CJ--
-
-
BE217d
CJ80
(Last official run)
-
BE217e
CL99
(Special last run for collectors' packs)
-
-
BE218a
1994 (date unknown)
LNNL
CL--
-
RB2004b
-
-
BE218b
LL01
Replacement notes
-
-
BE218c
LL--
Replacement notes (traced to LL40)

Twenty Pounds - Series "E" Historical Issue - Merlyn Lowther (1998 - 2003)
Purple and multicoloured with enhanced green and brown colouring - 149 x 80mm - 5.875 x 3.125in
Reverse depicting Michael Faraday
With enhanced and additional value tablets.

RB2004
B384
-
BE219a
1999 (January)
LNNL
DA01
-
-
BE219b
DA--
-
-
BE219c
DA80
(Last prefix Historical Series "E" £20 with serial numbers below 999000 from circulation)
-
BE219d
DA80
(Serial numbers 999000 to 999999 from packs)

Twenty Pounds - Series "E" New Historical Issue - Merlyn Lowther (1998 - 2003)
Purple and multicoloured with enhanced green and brown colouring - 149 x 80mm - 5.875 x 3.125in
Reverse depicting Sir Edward Elgar

RB2005
B385
-
BE220a
1999 (June)
LLNN
AA01
-
-
BE220b
AA--
-
-
BE220c
AB-- to AE--, AH-- to AK--, BA-- to BE--, BH-- to BK--, CA-- to CE--, CH--, CJ--, DB-- to DD--
-
-
BE220d
DE--
(Overlaps with Bailey BE222a, b below)
-
BE220e
DE80
(Overlaps with Bailey BE222 b below)
-
-
BE221a
1999 (June)
LLNN
AL--
(Column sort note (traced to AL40)
-
-
-
BE221b
BL--
(Column sort note (traced to BL40 and overlaps with Bailey BE223a below))
RB2006b
-
-
BE221c
LL--
Replacement notes (traced to LL40 and overlaps with Bailey BE223b below)

Twenty Pounds - Series "E" New Historical Issue - Andrew Bailey (2003 - to date?)
Purple and multicoloured with enhanced green and brown colouring - 149 x 80mm - 5.875 x 3.125in
Reverse depicting Sir Edward Elgar

RB2012
-
-
BE222a
2004 (January)
LLNN
DE41
-
-
-
BE222b
DE--
(Overlaps with Lowther BE220d above)
-
-
BE222c
DH-- to DK--, EA-- to EE--, EH
(Continuing)
-
-
-
BE222d
EH40
-
-
-
-
BE223a
2004 (January)
LLNN
BL--
(Column sort note (traced from BL01 to BL40 overlaps with Lowther BE221b aove))
-
-
-
BE223b
LL--
Replacement notes (traced from LL01 to LL40 and overlaps with Lowther BE221c above))

Twenty Pounds - Series "F" Third Historical Issue - Andrew Bailey (2003 - to date?)
Purple and multicoloured with enhanced green and brown colouring - 149 x 80mm - 5.875 x 3.125in
Reverse depicting Adam Smith, Scottish economist

-
-
-
BE224a
2007 (March)
LLNN
AA01
-
-
-
-
BE224b
AA-- to AE--, AH-- to AK--, BA-- to BE--, BH-- to BK--, CA-- to CC--
(Continuing)
-
-
-
BE225a
2007 (March)
LLNN
AL--
(Column sort note (traced from AL01 to AL40))
-
-
-
BE225b
LL01
Replacement notes
-
-
-
BE225c
LL--
Replacement notes (traced to LL40)
-
-
-
-
BE226 - BE249
-
-
-
Held in reserve
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Later issues not yet recorded
£20
DC67 745557
 
£20
DE04 549965
               
               
               

 

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