A new British banknote featuring a self-portrait by the 19th century painter, J.M.W. Turner entered circulation on Thursday.
“Moving the £20 note to polymer marks a major step forward in our fight against counterfeiting,” the BoE’s chief cashier, Sarah John, said.
There are currently around 2 billion £20 paper notes in circulation in Britain, featuring the 18th century economist Adam Smith, and they will remain legal tender for now.
Turner is best known for his seascapes, which grew more abstract with age.
As well as his self-portrait, the new note features one of Turner’s most famous paintings, “The Fighting Temeraire”, which depicts the last journey of a ship that played a key role in Britain’s naval victory over France in the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar.