How Can You Tell If You Have a Fake 20 Pound Note?

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The £20 is the most widely counterfeit note in Britain, according to The Guardian. It is wise to check the multiple security features on bills you receive before leaving the premises where you receive them. These security features include watermarks and raised lettering on the front, as well as the metallic thread that runs through the back of the note.

  1. Run a finger across the note

    Run a finger across the front side of the note. The words “Bank of England” printed there will feel raised to the touch.

  2. Check for watermarks on the bill under a light

    On the £20 note, there is a clear oval area in the middle of the bill. When looking at this area under a light, a watermarked image of the queen will appear in that oval. In addition, a bright £20 watermark will show up under light.

  3. Look for the metallic thread

    A legal £20 note is printed with a visible metallic thread running through it. This threads appears as silver dashes on the back. When held up to the light, this thread will appear to be a single continuous dark line.

  4. Check the print quality

    The printing quality of the lines and colors on a £20 note are sharp and clear. Look for blurred edges or smudges, which indicate a forged note.