£5 Banknote collector information

FIVE POUNDS – Sir Winston Churchill – B414 £5

Released: September 2016

Designed by: Innovia, De La Rue and the Bank of England. 125 X 65mm (15% smaller)


  • Photograph of Churchill taken in Ottawa by Yousuf Karsh
  • A view of Westminster and the Elizabeth Tower from the South Bank looking across Westminster Bridge.
  • The Great Clock’s hands at 3 o’clock, the approximate time on 13’*’ May 1940 when Churchill declared in a speech to the House of Commons. “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat”. This declaration is quoted beneath his portrait alongside a background image of the Nobel Prize medal for literature, which he was awarded in 1953, together with the wording of the prize citation.


  • In sheets of sixty (6 X 10) by De La Rue at the Debden Security Printing works
  • Polymer substrate supplied by Innovia of Wilton, Cumbria.

Quantity printed: 590 million ongoing

New £5 pound note aa01

The most valuable notes begin with AA01, the first batch to leave the presses.

AA01 000017 was sold for £4,150 at a Bank of England charity auction.

Numbers starting AB01, AC01, AD01, etc

Not as valuable as AA01 but could return a nice amount – around £10

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New £5 pound note AK47

Notes with the serial number AK47 can fetch decent sums thanks to the assault rifle connection (they typically fetch £20 to £50, but some have sold for £100s)

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£5 significant number

Significant numbers, 666, 123456, 111111, etc

Fivers featuring 666 can fetch around £10, also blocks of numbers such as 123456, 111111, 222222 or 333333.

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£5 consecutive numbers

A set of fivers with consecutive numbers

If you have two or more notes with consecutive numbers, which also feature one of the desirable types of serial numbers above, you might find a collector willing to pay.

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How to sell your £5 English Paper Banknote?

If you think your five banknotes might be worth more than its face value, the quickest way to sell it on eBay.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

Include close-up photos

Put the note’s selling point in the auction title too, e.g., an AA01 serial.

Always start the auction at atleast £5.50

You’ll pay 10% closing fees if the item sells and take into account paypal fees.

Rule of thumb your auction will need to close at atleast £6 to make a profit (not including postage).

Post with an insured, signed-for service with online tracking

We recommend using Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed this covers cash sent in the post for loss or damage up to £500.

If you think you have an especially valuable note, consider selling via a specialist dealer.

Find them through the British Numismatic Trade Association. As a rule of thumb, always try at least three and play them off against each other.

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