Britain is set to honor its revered wartime leader Winston Churchill with a banknote featuring his portrait and famous declaration, “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”
The governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, traveled to Churchill’s former home Chartwell in southern England’s Kent to announce plans for Churchill’s image to appear on a new five-pound (US$7.78) note to be issued in 2016.
“Sir Winston Churchill was a truly great British leader, orator and writer. Above that, he remains a hero of the entire free world,” outgoing central bank governor King told members of the Churchill family.
Churchill, no stranger to the British currency after his face was emblazoned on a five shilling piece in the 1960s, joins the ranks of Isaac Newton, William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens who have all adorned banknotes in the past.