Clydesdale Bank's £5 polymer banknote, designed, and printed by De La Rue, enters circulation today

Scotland, Tuesday 27 September 2016: The Clydesdale Bank has today issued into circulation its new £5 polymer banknote, designed and printed by De La Rue on its Safeguard® substrate.

The full circulation note follows the introduction of the award-nominated commemorative £5 last year. The note includes Spark® Orbital™, a colour changing security feature developed by De La Rue, that is printed in the shape of Scotland over the transparent window allowing it be seen from both sides of the note.

CEO of Clydesdale Bank David Duffy said; “It's always exciting to be leading the way in innovation and we appreciate the support we've had from De La Rue in helping to bring the £5 polymer note project to completion. We are now turning our attention to the next polymer denomination – the £10 – which will be introduced into circulation in 2017”.



Clydesdale Bank’s New £5 note on De La Rue’s Safeguard® polymer substrate

For information:

Clare Lloyd Williams
Marketing Communications Manager, De La Rue

Tel: +44 (0) 1256 605000


About De La Rue:

De La Rue’s purpose is to enable every citizen to participate securely in the global economy. As a trusted partner of governments, central banks and commercial organisations, De La Rue provides products and services that underpin the integrity of trade, personal identity and the movement of goods.

As the world’s largest designer and commercial printer of banknotes, De La Rue designs, manufactures and delivers banknotes, banknote substrates and security features to customers in a world where currency will continue to be a key part of the developing payments eco-system. De La Rue is the only fully integrated supplier of both paper and polymer banknotes, and creates security features that ensure banknotes are protected against counterfeiting.

De La Rue is the world’s largest commercial printer of passports, delivering national and international identity tokens and software solutions for governments in a world that is increasingly focused on the importance of a legal and secure identity for every individual.

De La Rue also creates and delivers secure product identifiers and ‘track and trace’ software for governments and commercial customers alike to help to tackle the challenge of illicit or counterfeit goods and the collection of revenue and excise duties.

De La Rue is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LON-DLAR). For further information visit


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