Who do you think should be on the £50 note?

Last updated at 15:16
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The Bank of England has confirmed that it plans to issue a new £50 note.

The new note will follow in the footsteps of the £5 and £10 notes, by being made out of a type of plastic called Polymer.

The new £20 note will be issued in 2020 and made out of the same material.

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We asked these children who they would like to see on the £50 note

As part of the changes to the £50 note, new characters will be chosen to be printed on the back of the note.

So - who do you think it should be?

Tell us in the comments.

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Why do they choose different characters?

The Bank of England have put characters on the back of banknotes for almost 50 years.

William Shakespeare was the first person to appear on the £20 note.

They say it allows us to celebrate people who have shaped UK society through their achievements, innovation, leadership or values.

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How do they choose different characters?

It's a long process. The Bank of England looks for people in the UK who are widely admired and contributed to our society.

They avoid fictional characters, or people who are still living, except the Queen on the front of the note of course.

The Banknote Character Advisory Committee starts the process in selecting characters.

They select a specialist area that the bank should represent and ask the public to nominate people from the chosen field.

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For example, in 2015, someone who works in visual arts was needed for the next £20 note.

590 people were suggested, these included painters, sculptors and printmakers.

A long list is created by other professionals from that expert area, then a short list is made after speaking to groups of people to see how they feel about the characters.

The final decision is made by the Governor of the Bank of England - Mark Carney.

In 2016 the artist JMW Turner was chosen to appear on the next £20 note.


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  • Comment number 31. Posted by Daniel

    2 Nov 2018 13:02
    I think that we should have Stephen Hawking. He is known and was loved. It would be good to remember him by putting him on the new 50 pound note. Like if you agree with me!
  • Comment number 30. Posted by populargondilor

    2 Nov 2018 12:13
    It's a hard one really, I think that Princess Diana (The Queen of Hearts) should go on the 50-pound note
  • Comment number 29. Posted by 26plus6is1

    31 Oct 2018 22:58
    I think Gerry Adams should be on the new English £50 note because of his outstanding contribution towards a united 32 county Republic of Ireland and amplifying the republican voice in the UK.
    Displaying Gerry Adams' portrait on the new English £50 note would help to provide a positive image of Irish republican influence in the UK and inform the English public of the Irish republican cause, as Gerry Adams is a well known figure in the mainland UK.
    Displaying his portrait on the English £50 note would overall build bridges between the mainland UK and republicans in 'Northern Ireland'.
  • Comment number 28. Posted by CommieTommie

    26 Oct 2018 22:44
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  • Comment number 27. Posted by fluffyunicornyolo

    25 Oct 2018 15:35
    Theresa May because she is the priminister
  • Comment number 26. Posted by U17219458

    22 Oct 2018 9:40
    Roald Dahl because he is a famous author who has inspired millions of children and adults in our country and continues to do so today. William age 7
  • Comment number 25. Posted by U17125272

    22 Oct 2018 8:43
    Rosa Parks
  • Comment number 24. Posted by U17111968

    21 Oct 2018 21:17
    Louis Tomlinson as he is the nation's biggest sweetheart
  • Comment number 23. Posted by U17144159

    21 Oct 2018 10:58
    I think Ada Lovelace, because she was the first computer programmer, or Millicent Facewatt, one of the suffragists.
  • Comment number 22. Posted by U17216891

    21 Oct 2018 9:32
    Princess Diana or Stephen Hawking 💵💷💰