Christopher Wren on British 50 Pounds

04 Apr 2018  Wed

“London Bridge is falling down,
Build it up with iron bars,
My Fair Lady”

Well, Christopher Wren didn’t exactly build the falling London Bridge, but he did rebuild most of the London City after the Great Fire in 1666, including his masterpiece, St. Paul's Cathedral, on Ludgate Hill, which was completed in 1710.

This 50 Pound banknote was issued by Bank of England in its Pictorial Series D. The very last of this Pictorial Series D was the £50 note, in use from 1981 to 1996 and it featured the esteemed English architect Sir Christopher Wren.

The obverse features the portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II and the reverse features the portrait of Sir Christopher Wren and Wren’s most well-known work, St. Paul’s Cathedral, with both a landscape picture and a floor plan.

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