Clydesdale Bank recently released the first Scottish £10 polymer note into circulation.
The new £10 polymer note will enter circulation in two months’ time and will continue to feature Robert Burns, the world famous Scots poet who died 221 years ago, as well as the landscape of the old and new towns of Edinburgh.
This launch follows the introduction of the bank’s £5 polymer note, which was released last September. Like the £5 note, the new £10 note is smaller in size, is made of a more durable material and will include a “Spark Orbital” security feature. This security feature is manufactured on “Safeguard” polymer substrate, a shiny ink which is depicted in the shape of Scotland over a transparent window that changes colour as the note is moved and tilted.
“The introduction of our £5 polymer bank note has led to a reduction in counterfeit levels and had a positive impact on the environment, and we believe the £10 version will have a same effect,” said David Duffy, chief executive of CYBG, owner of Clydesdale Bank.
The material will also help ensure the banknote to stays cleaner than paper notes as it is resistant to dirt and moisture.
“More durable and more secure than normal paper notes, the move towards polymer is an important milestone in our history of innovation,” added Duffy. “We have been issuing banknotes since 1838 and it’s just as vital as ever to ensure we are creating and developing currency that is fit for modern day use.”