Clydesdale Bank in Scotland issues commemorative £5 banknote on De La Rue's Safeguard® polymer substrate

Glasgow, Monday 23 March 2015: Clydesdale Bank is today issuing a commemorative £5 banknote on Safeguard®, De La Rue’s polymer substrate.  The note commemorates the nomination of Scotland’s Forth Bridge for inclusion in UNESCO’s World Heritage List and the 125th anniversary of the opening of the bridge.

The new banknote is a fitting addition to Clydesdale Bank’s award-winning World Heritage note series which showcases the best of Scotland – its people and heritage.  It features images of Sir William Arrol, one of Scotland’s most celebrated engineers, whose company constructed the Forth Bridge in the 1880s and Tower Bridge in London.  The note also features the Forth Bridge’s iconic structure in the clear window. This 2.5km cantilevered railway bridge crosses the Firth of Forth in eastern Scotland and took 8 years to complete, finally opening in 1890.   

A map of Scotland is shown in a colour shifting ink – SPARK® Orbital™ - centring on the location of the bridge. This ink is printed over the window, optimising the clear properties of Safeguard® and making the map visible from both sides of the note.

Speaking about the note, Debbie Crosbie, Acting CEO of Clydesdale Bank, said “Clydesdale Bank is very proud to commemorate the Forth Bridge on our new £5 note.  The bridge’s construction certainly lends itself to the intricate processes of banknote printing, combining security, durability and an aesthetically striking design.  We are very proud of the note and appreciate De La Rue’s help in realising this ground-breaking new banknote”.

De La Rue Currency’s Sales Director Ruth Euling said “We are delighted to have been involved in this exciting project, extending Clydesdale Bank’s range of award-winning notes.  This is our 7th customer to issue a Safeguard note and we look forward to further issues over the forthcoming months”. 

Safeguard® is a registered trademark of De La Rue International Limited

Safeguard® is a registered trademark of De La Rue International Limited
SPARK® is a registered trademark of SICPA Holding SA
Orbital™ is a trademark of De La Rue International Limited
For information:

Clare Lloyd Williams
Marketing Communications Manager, De La Rue
Tel: +44 (0) 1256 605000


About De La Rue plc:

De La Rue is a leading commercial banknote printer, security paper maker and provider of security products and software solutions and, as a trusted partner of governments, central banks and commercial organisations around the world, is at the forefront of the battle against the counterfeiter.
As the world’s largest commercial banknote printer, De La Rue provides customers with a fully integrated range of sophisticated products and services which are available either individually or as a whole. This includes a leading design capability, production of innovative security components, manufacture of security paper and polymer substrates and sophisticated printing of banknotes, all contributing to trust in the integrity of currencies.
De La Rue is the world’s largest commercial passport manufacturer in an environment of increasing global concern over security at national boundaries and border control. De La Rue also produces a wide range of other security products, including tax stamps for governments who are seeking to combat illicit trade and collect excise duties.  Other products include authentication labels, assuring purchasers of product validity, and government identity documents.  In addition the Group manufactures high speed cash sorting and banknote inspection equipment.
The company also provides a range of specialist services and software solutions including government identity schemes, product authentication systems and cash management processing solutions.
De La Rue is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LON:DLAR)

About Clydesdale Bank:

Clydesdale Bank was established in 1838 in Glasgow and, as one of Scotland’s largest banks, has a proud history of innovation and support for industry and communities across the UK.  Clydesdale Bank is part of the National Australia Bank Group.

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