Royal Bank of Scotland’s first £10 note on De La Rue’s Safeguard® Polymer enters circulation

Mathematician and astronomer Mary Somerville features on the Royal Bank of Scotland’s new £10 note which are available from today

De La Rue worked closely with the Royal Bank of Scotland and their partners on the design of the new £10 note, which contains a variety of new security features, making it difficult to counterfeit but easy to authenticate.

It is the second in a new series of ‘Fabric of Nature’ themed notes made from De La Rue’s Safeguard® polymer material and is also the first Royal Bank of Scotland note to feature a specific tactile feature to help the visually impaired.

Behind the portrait of Mary sits an illustration of her hometown of Burntisland and a diagram of the moon taken from her book, Mechanism of the Heavens, can be seen when the note is viewed under UV light.

The reverse of the note features a pair of otters, most commonly seen in the UK in the West of Scotland.  The note also features words from acclaimed Scottish poet, Norman MacCaig.

The new £10 note will be 15% smaller than its paper equivalent and the new material will be cleaner, more secure and more durable than traditional cotton notes, on average lasting 2.5 times longer.

Philanthropist and entrepreneur Catherine Cranston will feature on the £20, the final note in the series which is expected to enter circulation in 2020. She is known for establishing a series of tea rooms in Glasgow, including Willow Tearooms which had an interior designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Ruth Euling, De La Rue’s Global Account Management Director, said:

'We are proud to have partnered once again with the Royal Bank of Scotland on its latest polymer banknote. Our design teams worked closely on the iconic concept for the new £10 and we look forward to our continued partnership.'



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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).

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