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World Banknotes – Royal Bank of Scotland Issues New £5 Polymer Note


By De La Rue, plc ….
On Thursday, October 27, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) issued its new £5 note, which has been produced by De La Rue on its Safeguard polymer substrate. As the 21st Safeguard note to be issued, this marks the coming of age of this novel substrate.

Following a widespread public consultation exercise run by the Royal Bank, the note theme of “natural color and light” was chosen to underpin the design elements of the new £5 note. The Scottish novelist and poet Nan Shepherd features on the front of the note with her beloved Cairngorm mountains in the background. Mackerel fish appear on the back in recognition of their importance as the single most valuable species for the Scottish fishing industry.

De La Rue worked in close collaboration with the RBS design teams and maximum use is made of the clear window that is the hallmark of Safeguard banknotes. The RBS logo is printed using SPARK® Orbital optically variable ink in the window, allowing it to be seen from both sides of the £5 polymer note.

Commenting on the launch, Malcolm Buchanan, Chairman of RBS Scotland, said: “This is an exciting time and we are delighted with our new ‘people’s’ banknotes. The public input into the design themes was vital and we are grateful to De La Rue for helping us to bring the ideas to reality.”

De La Rue’s Ruth Euling, Global Account Director, commented “We are delighted that Safeguard is coming of age and are honored to have worked with the Royal Bank on these beautiful new notes which have already been nominated for a design award.”

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

SPARK® is a registered trademark of SICPA Holding.

About De La Rue plc:

De La Rue logoDe 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 organizations 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.

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