The Bank of Scotland launches its first fully circulating £5 polymer banknote designed and printed by De La Rue on its Safeguard® substrate

4 October 2016: The Bank of Scotland has today issued its fully circulating £5 polymer banknote on De La Rue’s Safeguard®. This is the 20th Safeguard® denomination issued into circulation since the substrate was launched less than 4 years ago.

In October 2015, the Bank of Scotland issued a one-off limited edition of this £5 banknote which was sold at auction in aid of BBC Children in Need. Now the fully circulation notes are issued into circulation for the first time. The banknote features a portrait of Sir Walter Scott and the design makes novel use of secure windows in the image of the Bank’s headquarters The Mound in Edinburgh.

Speaking on the occasion of the launch, Graeme Donald, Head of Industry Development, Payment and Technical Services of the Bank of Scotland commented “We are delighted to be issuing the fully circulating note following the success of the fund raising note last year. Our thanks to De La Rue for their help with this project.”

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

For information:
Clare Lloyd Williams
Marketing Communications Manager, Currency

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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