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New banknotes now in circulation 19th century artist honoured

2020.03.23
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BRAND new £20 banknotes, with a portrait of 19th-century artist JMW Turner, have been circulating in the UK since late February. Instead of paper, these new notes use a type of polymer.

Widely respected, Turner is said to be the UK’s greatest Romantic landscape artist. The previous £20 notes featured the 18th-century economist Adam Smith.

Sarah John, chief cashier of the Bank of England, said, “Moving the £20 note to polymer marks a major step forward in our fight against counterfeiting.” The different banks in the country have just finished adjusting to the new change, ie, making sure ATMs recognise the new notes. 

(This article is published on Goodies on 23 March 2020)


1. portrait (n)
    肖像

2. circulate (v)
    流通

3. polymer (n)
    聚合物

4. respected (adj)
    受尊敬

5. landscape (n)
    風景

6. economist (n)
    經濟學家

7. counterfeiting (n)
    偽造

8. recognise (v)
    辨認





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  1. What are the new banknotes made of?
    A. paper
    B. linen
    C. polymer

  2. Who was on the previous £20 notes?
    A. Adam Smith
    B. Jane Austen
    C. William Shakespeare

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    A. The Scottish parliament
    B. The Bank of England
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