The Bank of Scotland has revealed the design of its new £10 banknote due to be circulated later this year.
The new banknote replaces its paper predecessor last issued in 2007, but retains some of its features.
A portrait of Scottish novelist and poet, Sir Walter Scott, continues to be displayed on the front of the note alongside the image of The Mound – an artificial hill in central Edinburgh. An illustration of the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct remains on the note’s reverse but has been adapted to include a steam locomotive.
Like the Bank of Scotland’s (BoS) £5 banknote which began circulating in October last year, the new £10 has been designed by banknote printer De La Rue (DLR). Though yet to be officially confirmed, it is presumed that it will also use DLR’s Safeguard® polymer substrate.
Security features include a “window effect” built into the windows of the image of The Mound and a rolling-bar colour shifting metallic ink feature. DLR’s Tactile Emboss feature will also be included consisting of raised dots formed in the substrate to aid those with visual impairments to identify the note’s denomination.
The dimensions of the new £10 banknote are 132mm by 69mm, making it slightly smaller than its predecessor which measures 142mm by 75mm.
The Bank of Scotland will begin circulating the new polymer notes in autumn this year, after which it will gradually withdraw the old paper notes.
Speaking of the new banknote design, Bank of Scotland Director Mike Moran said
“Bank of Scotland has been issuing bank notes for more than 320 years, evolving our designs to pay homage to our heritage. The new note retains our much loved design of Sir Walter Scott with the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct pictured on the back and we’ve evolved the design by introducing the popular heritage tourist train crossing the bridge. With polymer notes being cleaner, more secure, and more durable than paper notes I’m sure our new £10 note will prove popular across Scotland.”
To read the full press release from Lloyds Banking Group, click here.