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Winston Churchill to be Featured on New £5 Banknote

December 11, 2019


(Image Source: BBC) BY BATUL HASSAN

 British wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill
will be the new face of the British £5 banknote. In one of his last acts as Bank of England
Governor, Sir Mervyn King made the announcement at Chartwell, Churchill’s former home, while
surrounded by members of the late leader’s family. The new note features a familiar portrait
of Churchill taken in 1941 which is commonly known as “The Roaring Lion.” Below the image
is a quote from his first address to Parliament as Prime Minister in May of 1940. (Via The
Guardian) “‘I have nothing to offer but blood, toil,
tears and sweat.’ Those words accompanied by his image will adorn a new five pound note,
proof that history has viewed him kindly.” (Via BBC) Churchill was featured on the 1965 crown,
or five shilling piece, but he is the first modern British politician to be featured on
a banknote, which will be circulated for a period of 20 years. “Churchill replaces prison reformer Elizabeth
Fry, whose face had been on the fiver. They’ll now probably be called ‘Winstons.’ (Via ABC) The new nickname is even being promoted by
the Bank of England – Governor King says he hopes the British public will respond to the
new note with a new nickname. Churchill’s grandson, Sir Nicholas Soames, agrees. “‘Do you think, in time, the Fiver will become
the Winston?” “Of course it will, we’ll all be going to
Tesco to buy our groceries with Winstons.” (Via Sky News) With the new note, Sir Winston joins the ranks
of countrymen who have been featured previously, including Charles Darwin and William Shakespeare.
The Bank of England says the new note will begin circulation in 2016.

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