The Bank of England will continue to redeem all withdrawn £50 bank notes depicting Sir John Houblon

Houblon notes, originally issued in 1994, were withdrawn on April 30, 2014
By , Coin World
Published : 05/15/14
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Missed the deadline to exchange old-style Bank of England £50 bank notes? No problem, according to the bank.

Bank officials have been reassuring citizens they can still exchange their £50 bank notes bearing the portrait of Sir John Houblon even though the notes have been withdrawn from circulation.

The bank withdrew the Houblon notes, which were originally issued in 1994, on April 30, 2014.

Bank officials have said the Bank of England will continue to exchange Houblon £50 notes, just as it would exchange any other Bank of England note that no longer has legal tender status. According to the Bank of England, most other banks and building societies continue to accept Houblon £50 notes for deposit to customer accounts; however, agreeing to exchange the notes is at the discretion of individual institutions.

Barclays, RBS, NatWest, Ulster Bank and the Post Office have all agreed to exchange Houblon £50 notes for members of the public — up to the value of £200 — until Oct. 30, 2014.

The £50 bank note currently holding legal tender status features portraits of Matthew Boulton and James Watt on the back and was introduced in November 2011.

Houblon was the first governor of the Bank of England, serving from 1694 to 1697. Boulton was an English manufacturer, and Watt was his partner.

For questions about the exchange of the Houblon £50 notes, visit the Bank of England’s website at

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