New King Charles Banknotes Go On Display!

Hannah McLaren © Image feature a five pound note with King Charles' face on it. This note is stacked upon a ten, a 20 and a 50 pound note, also with King Charles' face on them.

Brand new banknotes featuring King Charles are going on display at the Bank of England Museum as part of The Future of Money exhibition.

Millions have been printed, but the brand new banknotes inked with King Charles’ portrait won’t enter circulation until the middle of the year.

Ahead of the roll-out, this Bank of England Museum display will explore the future of our relationship with money. This display will also be the public’s first opportunity to view the freshly printed King Charles banknotes in person. You can visit the display from February 28.

brand new ten pound notes featuring king Charles' face.

Bank of England.

The Future of Money exhibition will dig deep into digital currencies, the lifespan of cash, the impact of banking on the environment and you will even discover the digital pound!

The exhibition’s aim is to explore and explain how we currently interact with money and how this will all change in the future. In the past 10 years, cash payments in the UK have rapidly declined. What does this mean for future generations?

Prepare to learn terms like “Blockchain technology” and to be educated on “cryptoassets” such as Bitcoin. There will also be plenty of information on the increasing role of Artificial Intelligence in banking.

Do you still carry cash?

With the advancement of banking technology, there are now roughly 70 million credit and debit card payments made in the UK every day.

If you still carry cash or do not have a bank account, you are not alone! In 2022, records showed that 1.1 million people in the UK didn’t have a bank account.

Jennifer Adam, curator at the Bank of England Museum, told the BBC: “The way we handle money has completely transformed in the last century, from gold and silver coins to the tap of a smartphone.

“We begin to find out about money using real cash as children – from pretend shops to being the banker when playing monopoly – but how do we learn to manage money when it’s in a digital form?

“As a starting point for information about money and understanding the economy, this is the place to visit.”

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Hannah McLaren

I've worked at DC Thomson for six years! I began as an intern at My Weekly and The Scots Magazine, which was extended by a few months to help out at The People's Friend. I then covered maternity as Celebrity Editor for My Weekly, before I became Multimedia Journalist at The Scots Magazine. Currently I'm writing digital content across each title.