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The hidden symbols you’ve never noticed on your cash…
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19.08.2017

The hidden symbols you’ve never noticed on your cash…

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We look at them every day, but most of us don't really pay that much attention to our banknotes.

Since you're probably more concerned with what they're worth, you could be forgiven for glossing over the details on the notes themselves.

But every note, from the fiver to a fifty, has been meticulously designed to tell a story using the tiny illustrations which cover them.
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We all know that each denomination features a portrait of the Queen on one side, and a prominent figure from British history on the other.

Fivers feature wartime PM Winston Churchill, whilst biologist Charles Darwin glowers sternly on our current £10 notes - which are soon to be replaced with a plastic version featuring author Jane Austen.

The £20 and £50 notes depict slightly more obscure historical figures - economist Adam Smith is on the twenties, whilst the fifties feature steam engine creators Matthew Boulton and James Watt.
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But did you know that every note is also adorned with tiny details which tell the story of the famous face?

Now, currency traders FXTM have revealed the details on every note, and how every denomination tells its own incredible story.

Five-pound notes
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Fivers feature legendary prime minister Winston Churchill on one side, with the Queen on the other.

But did you know that the Queen's side also has a series of four tiny crests, each one representing a nation of the United Kingdom.

The crests sit above an intricate building which you may or may not recognise as the Bank of England, which is responsible for printing all UK notes.
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On the other side, the note tells the story of Winston Churchill, showing him alongside a tiny, and exceptionally detailed, drawing of Westminster Abbey.

Even the placement of the hands on Big Ben are deliberate - showing the time as 3 o'clock.

This is the time on 13 May 1940 when the PM made his legendary "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat" speech in the House of Commons.
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And behind the Abbey, you can see the emblem for the Nobel Prize, which Churchill was awarded in 1953.

Ten-pound notes
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The current batch of tenners is set to be replaced soon, with new Jane Austen notes entering circulation in September.

But for now, we're treated to a note which tells the story of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin - the man who stunned the world with his claims that we evolved from monkeys rather than being created by god.

Opposite his portrait, the note depicts hummingbirds and flowers, which he studied on his earth-shattering quest for scientific truth.
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Beside these images is a tiny detail: a drawing of the HMS Beagle - the ship Darwin sailed around the world as he conducted his research.

Twenty-pound notes

Twenties tell the story of a less recognisable figure - economist Adam Smith.
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Smith changed the world forever with his observations about trade and the division of labour - the idea that people should specialise in the economy to make the whole country more productive.

Next to his portrait is a detail you probably never noticed: workers manning machinery in a pin factory.

This image was used because a pin factory served as Smith's revolutionary example of how specialised workers could produce thousands more goods in the same amount of time.
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Fifty-pound notes

Fifties pay tribute to engineer Matthew Boulton and inventor James Watt, the men behind the steam engine.
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As well as the dynamic duo, you can make out the first ever steam engine, designed by James Watt, in the foreground.

And in the background, between the duo, you can see the Soho factory where the industrial revolution kicked off.

And these aren't the only secret features gracing our banknotes.
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We previously told how every note had a secret code hiding in plain sight.

And we also revealed how a series of fivers worth £50,000 had entered circulation - and were made so valuable by a tiny engraving hidden on them.
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