Counterfeit Notes 2019

Only a small fraction, typically less than 0.0363% of banknotes are counterfeit, that's approximately 363 for every 1 million genuine banknotes. Counterfeit notes are created illegally and are worthless. You can identify them by familiarising yourself with the features of genuine banknotes under the 'Banknote' section

Number and Value of counterfeit notes discovered

The tables below show the number and value of counterfeit notes that banks have received by denomination. The figures include both current and old banknotes series. Discoveries of counterfeit £5 and £10 notes in 2018 to 2019 were almost entirely counterfeits of paper banknotes which are no longer legal tender. 

 

 

 

This chart shows the total notional face value of notes the banks have removed and their denomination. Data includes counterfeits of both current and old series notes. Discoveries of counterfeit £5 and £10 notes in 2018 to 2019 were almost entirely counterfeits of paper banknotes which are no longer legal tender.

 

 

This chart shows the total number of notes the banks have removed and their denomination. Data includes counterfeits of both current and old series notes.