Northern Ireland’s Ulster Bank has unveiled the new £5 and £10 polymer banknotes due to be issued next year, featuring a vertical design.
It is the first time that a banknote has been designed vertically in Britain and Ireland. Indeed, only a handful of notes around the world are designed this way including Switzerland, Bermuda and Venezuela.
The notes were revealed yesterday at Ulster Bank’s Andersonstown branch in Belfast.
The design of the notes are based on the theme “living in nature”. The £5 banknote features illustrations of Strangford Lough and Brent Geese, while the £10 version shows Lough Erne, an Irish hare and Guelder-rose shrubs.
Security features appear to include SPARK® Orbital™ as featured in the Royal Bank of Scotland and Clydesdale Bank’s recently issued £5 and £10 polymer banknotes, printed by De La Rue.
The polymer banknotes are expected to be issued in early 2019, replacing the paper £5 notes first printed by Ulster Bank in 1998, and the £10 notes first printed in 1990.