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Tuesday, 21 May, 2002, 02:04 GMT 03:04 UK
New 5 note issued
New 5 note
The note has improved security features
Victorian prison reformer Elizabeth Fry appears on the new high security 5 - only the second woman to appear on the back of an English banknote.

The new note comes into circulation on Tuesday.

The new note
Penal reformer Elizabeth Fry features on the 5
It is the same size and colour as the existing note but has extra security features, including a hologram.

The nineteenth century Quaker charity worker, who fought to improve prison conditions for women, replaces inventor George Stephenson.

Nurse Florence Nightingale has already appeared on the 10 note.

Fry's fame

Bank of England's chief cashier Merlyn Lowther said: "This is the most secure five pound note we have ever produced."

The new note shares the security features of the new 10 note and 20 notes issued in the past few years, including a foil hologram.

It features the same portrait of the Queen on the front.

The old and new notes will initially circulate together.

Fry, who lived from 1780 to 1845, made her name fighting for improved living conditions for women in European jails.

She campaigned for penal reform and in the early 19th century became known as the Angel of the Prisons.

The new note come a month after the problem of the dirty and tattered nature of many of the current 5 notes in circulation was highlighted.

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