Information Access Team
via email to:
020 3461 4878
020 3461 5460
2 August 2021
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Dear Edward Blaise
Thank you for your email dated 3 July in which you ask for access to the following under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (‘FoI Act’):
‘…the details of the recipients of the new £50 polymer banknotes from AA01 000001 to AA01
000020. If the intended recipients donated these notes to the charity auction, this can be noted’
When we release a new banknote, we hold back some of the first printed notes with especially low or
symbolic serial numbers. We donate these to people and institutions that were involved in the
development of the note or who traditionally receive a note when a new series is issued. A list of the
recipients of the low numbered £50 polymer banknotes donated to individuals and institutions can be
viewed on our website at: https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/freedom-of-information/2021/details-of-the-
As you may know, the Bank of England (the ‘Bank’) also conducted an auction through Spink & Sons of
low serial numbered £50 notes on 15 July, details of which can be found on the Spink & Sons website at: https://www.spink.com/auction/21023. T
he auction raised £237,040 to be split between 3 charities which
were chosen by the Bank’s employees: Shelter, NSPCC in aid of Childline and the Albert Kennedy Trust.
Further information on the auction can be found on the Bank’s website at: https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/news/2021/july/banknote-auction-for-charity
Information Access Team
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