Will Crowley replace economist Adam Smith on the UK’s new £20 note?

Public nominations have now closed for people to appear on the Bank of England’s new £20 note, which will celebrate Britain’s achievements in the visual arts. Of nearly 30,000 suggestions, 592 candidates were eligible. The list is quite varied, including directors (Stanley Kubrick), actors (Charlie Chaplin), authors (Beatrix Potter), rock and roll album cover artists (Storm Thorgerson), and–of note to readers of this blog–author and painter Aleister Crowley.

The full list of nominees is available from the Bank of England website.

An advisory committee will pare the nominees down to a short list, with the decisions based not on the number of votes a particular nominee received but rather on the strength of the nominee’s contributions to “thought, innovation, leadership, values and society and how they represent the diversity of talent in the UK.” The final selection will be made by the Bank of England’s governor, Mark Carney, and announced in spring 2016. The new bill will begin to circulate in the following 3-5 years.

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Artist's interpretation of what the future may hold.

Artist’s interpretation of what the future may hold.


Richard Kaczynski

Richard Kaczynski is the author of the biography Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley (2002; rev exp ed 2010), the history Forgotten Templars: The Untold Origins of Ordo Templi Orientis (2012), the novel The Billionth Monkey (2015), Panic in Detroit: The Magician and the Motor City (2019), along with a bunch of other books, articles, and chapters that you can read about at his website, www.richard-kaczynski.com.

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