Clydesdale Bank to launch new £10 polymer bank note

CYBG CEO David Duffy
CYBG CEO David Duffy shows of Clydesdale Bank’s new tenner

Clydesdale Bank will launch its second polymer bank note on 21st September 2017.

The new £10 polymer bank 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 today, as well as the landscape of the old and new towns of Edinburgh.

This launch follows the introduction of Clydesdale Bank’s £5 polymer note, which was released last September. Like the £5 note, the £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 innovative Safeguard polymer substrate, a shiny ink which is depicted in the shape of Scotland over a transparent window, which changes colour as the note is moved and tilted.

The material will help ensure the bank note to stays cleaner than paper notes as it is resistant to dirt and moisture.

A tactile feature is also being introduced for the first time and is a series of raised dots in the bottom left-hand corner of the £10 polymer bank note. Bank notes are already in tiered sizes, and have bold numerals, raised print and differing colours to help blind and partially sighted people.

David Duffy, chief executive of CYBG, owner of Clydesdale Bank, said: “I am proud to announce that our second polymer bank note will be available in our branches on the 21st September 2017. 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.

“More durable and more secure than normal paper notes, the move towards polymer is an important milestone in our history of innovation. We have been issuing bank notes 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.

“It is also fitting that we are making this announcement on the 221st anniversary of the death of Robert Burns. We continue to celebrate his life and work by featuring him on our £10 currency. ”

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