Although the Bank of England has yet to make a final decision on who will be the face of the new plastic £50 note, we can now reveal the rejected nominations.
A call for suggested figures deserving enough to emblazon the currency was put out to the British public last November, which received thousands of responses.
A list of over 2,000 names were put forward in the first week of consultation alone – before being deemed ineligible my bank bosses.
The list of rejected nominees includes sports stars, musicians, actors, actresses and even fictional characters.
One person nominated “Paul”, however no further details were given and as such was rejected. Sorry Paul.
Other suggestions of note which didn’t make it to the list of final nominees include Batman, Darth Vader, actor Danny Dyer, rapper Snoop Dogg and even Ainsley Harriott.
One person nominated themselves, helpfully clarifying this by adding “(me)” after their nomination.
However a large proportion of suggestions put forward were judged as ineligible, as the Bank of England announced that the chosen face of the new note would need to be a prominent British scientist.
Other rejected nominations
According to MoneySavingExpert, the full list of over 2000 rejected nominees as suggested by the public includes sports stars, musicians, actors, actresses and fictional characters.
Here’s just some that were deemed ineligible by the Bank:
- Footballers – Alan Shearer, Eric Dier, Harry Maguire, Frank Lampard and Shaun Goater
- Musicians – Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dogg, Amy Winehouse and Gene Simmons
- Actors, actresses and TV personalities – Ainsley Harriott, Rachel Riley, Rebecca Frith and David Attenborough
- Politicians Nigel Farage, Nicola Sturgeon
- Fictional characters – Doctor Who, Batman, Robin Hood and ‘Paul’
The Bank of England says a nominee may have been ruled out for a number of reasons. These include if the person:
- is still living
- is fictional
- is not active in the field of science, including engineering and technology
- has not conducted a significant portion of their work within the UK
At the end of last year the Bank published a list of 991 eligible nominations for the new note, including physicist Stephen Hawking and Margaret Thatcher, who was a chemist before she became Prime Minister.
You can see the full list of nominees here.
The Bank is now making its final decision about who will be on the new note.
It is running focus groups to “decide which nominees might resonate strongly with people, and which might cause concern”.
A committee will then draw up a final shortlist and the ultimate decision will be made by the Bank’s governor, Mark Carney, with the decision announced in the summer.
A release date for the new note is yet to be announced.
Source : DailyPost