Alan Turing - Bank of England's £50

Started by izotz, July 17, 2019, 09:58:51 AM

Previous topic - Next topic

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.


New face of the Bank of England's £50 note is revealed as Alan Turing - BBC News

Computer pioneer and codebreaker Alan Turing will feature on the new design of the Bank of England's £50 note.

He is celebrated for his code-cracking work that proved vital to the Allies in World War Two.

The £50 note will be the last of the Bank of England collection to switch from paper to polymer when it enters circulation by the end of 2021.

The note was once described as the "currency of corrupt elites" and is the least used in daily transactions.

However, there are still 344 million £50 notes in circulation, with a combined value of £17.2bn, according to the Bank of England's banknote circulation figures.


Somebody may wonder whether the binary on the ribbon of the new £50 banknote meant anything.

1010111111110010110011000 is 23061912 in decimal. Alan Turing was born on the 23rd June 1912. What a nice touch.

Source : @danbarker : Twitter


It's a beauty- both the mind of the person featured and the design of the banknote.

Alan Turing, rightly called as the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence, was a very influential figure in the history of not just academia or United Kingdom, but of our human civilisation. If it was not for the brilliance of people like Alan Turing, no one would have been able to crack the NAZI ciphers and codes in WWII- the war against the darkest forces & evilest ideologies ever to roam the planet in recorded history. Unfortunately, he was betrayed by the nation he saved

Being homosexual, he was subject to abuses and tortures of the conservative British government. In 2009, following an Internet campaign, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown made an official public apology on behalf of the British government for "the appalling way he was treated". Queen Elizabeth II granted Turing a posthumous pardon in 2013 (for something that is natural and not in any sense criminal at all). :anger: Science lost one of it's greatest contributors the day he commited suicide, to escape the tyranical attitude of a psycophath minded government.

I hope more and more people comes to know of Turing, his life, his contributions to science, what a great human he was. And banknotes are a great way of commuicating the same to the masses.

Numismatics is the window to the history of the human civilisation.


Well deserved acknowledgement.  8)

Look for the video The Imitation Game from 2014 detailing Alan Turing's work during WW2
Have a look at  my tokens and my banknotes.