The historical characters on British banknotes

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We are likely to see many of their names and faces every day, but how much do we know about the historical characters on our banknotes?

As of 2 November, Matthew Boulton and James Watt have joined the range of people from the past whose portraits are found on the pound.

Following a long process of selection, design and manufacture, the new £50 banknote is in circulation, with the industrialist and engineer as the first dual portrait produced on a Bank of England note.

In time they will replace Sir John Houblon, the first governor of the Bank of England, as the faces of the £50 note....

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