The Brixton-born British Conservative politician, who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1990 to 1997, will now feature on their limited edition B£5.
The note is designed by South London design agency This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll.
B£ co-founder/director and economist Josh Ryan-Collins praised Major’s credentials on the issue of monetary policy: “I think it’s a fantastic choice. John Major rose up from being a lowly bus driver to Prime Minister – that’s a typical Brixton story.
“By signing the Maastricht Treaty, he also ensured that the UK’s monetary system would forever be sensibly constrained by officials in Brussels – a vital step in stabilising the economy.
“He’s a true ‘One Nation Brixton Tory’.”
Brixton Pound engagement manager Tom Shakhli, who oversaw the selection process, hailed it as a victory for diversity and equality: “The judging panel were presented with a number of strong options, all of whom could have credibly emerged as the winner.
“However once it was pointed out that the Brixton Pound currently does not have any old men with grey hair on its notes, the panel were unanimous that Sir John was the outstanding choice.”
He joins musician David Bowie, British professional basketball player Luol Deng and a World War II French-British secret agent Violette Szabo.