Withdrawal of Bank notes – Did you miss the deadline?

18th July 2010

You may have missed the fact that the older style £20 notes with the portrait of Sir Edward Elgar on were withdrawn from circulation on 30th June.

Most banks, building societies and Post Offices will, for a few months, accept the Elgar £20 notes for deposit into accounts and other customer transactions so now is a good time to check those petty cash tins and piggy banks.


We recently came across some of the older version £20 notes with Michael Faraday on them and our local NatWest branch very kindly accepted these too.

If, you are not so lucky with your bank don’t forget you always claim the face value of any notes if you present them directly to The Bank of England.

This can either be done in person or by post (at the sender’s risk) to: Dept NEX, Bank of England, Threadneedle Street, London EC2R 8AH. You can obtain further information from the Bank of England website

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