The polymer trend continues in the United Kingdom as the Clydesdale
Bank of Scotland announced on Jan. 23 that a £10 polymer note will go
into production later this year and should be ready for circulation in
2017. The note’s face will continue to feature Robert Burns, the great
Scottish romantic poet known as the Bard of Ayrshir and a national
cultural icon, but with modifications in the design. Burns was chosen
by a poll sponsored by the television network STV in 2009 as history’s
greatest Scotsman. The back of the note will have views of Edinburgh
and its famous castle.
The note was introduced by the bank’s chief executive officer, David
Duffy, on the occasion of this year’s Burns Night festivities,
annually held on Burns’ birthday, the evening of Jan. 25, when
celebrations honoring him are traditionally held in Scotland and elsewhere.
This will be Clydesdale Bank’s second polymer note, following the £5
note introduced last year. The bank is the largest of the three
issuers of notes in Scotland, releasing around £400 million worth of
bank notes each year.
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