We were asked by The Independent on Sunday to suggest possible famous British women to feature on a £5 bank note, as part of an article entitled 'Why can't the Bank of England think of a single female to put on its notes?'
Agatha Christie seemed like an interesting choice.
Not only has she sold over 4 BILLION NOVELS (!) but she is ranked just below The Bible and Shakespeare for the world's best selling book.
Designing a bank note (without using any of the existing £5 design elements, as that would be illegal) proved a challenge.
Various elements from Christie novels form the basis of the note. Some are quite famous ~ the pocket watch broken at 1:15 from 'Murder on the Orient Express' ~ but others are quite obscure and will only make sense to afficianados.
Copywriter: Nick Cooper