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Not actual size… (From left) Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop, and Executive Director at Clydesdale Bank Debbie Crosbie (Picture: PA)
Britain’s first plastic banknotes are to be in use next year when branches of Clydesdale Bank issue two million £5 notes.
The bank has been authorised to issue limited edition plastic Scottish banknotes a year before the Bank of England puts plastic notes in general circulation.
The new note features the Forth Bridge, nominated for the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2014, and a portrait of Sir William Arrol, whose company designed the bridge.
Production of the note in March 2015 will coincide with the 125th anniversary of the bridge’s opening.
The note features the Forth Bridge and Sir William Arrol, whose company built it (Picture: PA)
Polymer notes are said to be tougher, cleaner and more secure than current…
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