Scotland – New £5 and £10 polymer notes

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In April 27, 2016
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Source: Royal Bank of Scotland

25 April 2016:  The Royal Bank of Scotland has today unveiled the designs for its new £5 and £10 polymer notes.

It also announced that the Scottish novelist and poet Nan Shepherd will feature on the £5 note when it comes into circulation later this year.

The new notes will be printed on De La Rue’s Safeguard® Polymer material and will also contain a variety of new security features, making them difficult to counterfeit but easy to authenticate.

The choice of Nan Shepherd to feature on the £5 note was taken by the RBS Scotland Board. This announcement follows the recent public vote that led to scientist Mary Somerville being chosen to feature on the £10 notes which will enter circulation in 2017.

The reverse of the £5 note features two Mackerel, the single most valuable stock for the Scottish fishing industry, as well as an excerpt from the poem ‘The Choice’ by Sorley MacLean. Behind the portrait sits a picture of the Cairngorms, beloved by Nan Shepherd and celebrated in her writing, as well as a quote from her book ‘The Living Mountain’.

The £10 note sees two otters at play on the reverse and an excerpt from the poem ‘Moorings’ by Norman MacCraig.  Burntisland Beach, where Mary Somerville lived as a child, features behind the portrait, along with a quote from her work ‘The Connection of the Physical Sciences’.

Images:  Royal Bank of Scotland

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