The New Sir Winston Churchill Fiver, printed by De La Rue, is issued into circulation today by the Bank of England

London, 13 September 2016: The new polymer Bank of England £5 banknotes, designed and printed by De La Rue, are issued into circulation today.

De La Rue has been working with the Bank of England to deliver the New Fiver, which has a large clear window showing images of the Queen and a bright holographic image of the Elizabeth Tower, which can be seen from both sides of the note. The Tower is gold on the front but silver on the back. Sir Winston Churchill and the Houses of Parliament are depicted on the back.

Commenting on the new notes, Chief Cashier of the Bank of England Victoria Cleland said: “It has been an exciting time, bringing the New Fiver to life and working very closely with De La Rue and other suppliers to pull all the elements together in this complex project. We are delighted with the result and thank De La Rue staff for their support and dedication: they have played a key part in this development”.

Martin Sutherland, De La Rue CEO said “This turnkey project has involved the detailed integration of many moving parts and we have worked tirelessly with the Bank to bring it to a successful conclusion. Sir Winston Churchill would have been proud. Now that the New Fiver is issued, we look forward to continuing our long and successful relationship with the Bank as we move on to the new polymer £10 which will be issued next year”.


The New Fiver printed by De La Rue

For information:

Clare Lloyd Williams
Marketing Communications Manager, De La Rue

Tel: +44 (0) 1256 605000

About De La Rue:
De La Rue’s purpose is to enable every citizen to participate securely in the global economy. As a trusted partner of governments, central banks and commercial organisations, De La Rue provides products and services that underpin the integrity of trade, personal identity and the movement of goods.

As the world’s largest designer and commercial printer of banknotes, De La Rue designs, manufactures and delivers banknotes, banknote substrates and security features to customers in a world where currency will continue to be a key part of the developing payments eco-system. De La Rue is the only fully integrated supplier of both paper and polymer banknotes, and creates security features that ensure banknotes are protected against counterfeiting.

De La Rue is the world’s largest commercial printer of passports, delivering national and international identity tokens and software solutions for governments in a world that is increasingly focused on the importance of a legal and secure identity for every individual.

De La Rue also creates and delivers secure product identifiers and ‘track and trace’ software for governments and commercial customers alike to help to tackle the challenge of illicit or counterfeit goods and the collection of revenue and excise duties.

De La Rue is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LON-DLAR). For further information visit

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