Bank of Scotland unveils Pudsey £5 polymer note

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In October 13, 2015

Source: BBC News,  Bank of Scotland Press Release

08 Oct 2015:  Bank of Scotland has unveiled a polymer banknote which will be auctioned off to raise money for Children in Need.

The £5 note – the first polymer note the bank has produced – was designed by 13-year-old Dundee schoolgirl Kayla Robson.

The note will be a limited edition, with circulation limited to 50 notes to make it popular with collectors and raise more money for the charity.

The notes will be printed on De La Rue’s Safeguard® polymer material.

Pudsey Bear makes a guest appearance on the note, raising a Saltire flag.  The use of the Safeguard® substrate has allowed novel use of secure windows in the image of the Bank’s headquarters The Mound in Edinburgh.

The serial numbers on the notes will also be unique, with the first 40 notes using the code PUDSEY01 to PUDSEY40, while the remaining ten will be personalised to buyers.

The bank said given the rarity of the notes it is likely they could sell for hundreds of pounds each when they go under the hammer at Spink’s in December.

Annette Barnes, Bank of Scotland’s retail managing director, said: “This new five pound note is brighter and bolder than most other banknotes in circulation and really brings to life what BBC Children in Need means to so many people.

About BBC Children in Need :

The BBC Children in Need Appeal is a charity registered in England,  Wales  and Scotland whose aim is to make a positive change to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. It realises this vision by supporting, promoting and publicising work that addresses the challenges that children and young people face, working to build their skills and resilience. The charity supports projects that are working with children facing a range of disadvantages for example, poverty and deprivation; children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect or disabled young people.

Bank of Scotland, as part of Lloyds Banking Group, is BBC Children in Need’s first ever Principal Partner and exclusive fundraising partner in schools.

SSP05_Pudsey Bear Image:  De La Rue News Room