The Ulster Bank Plc, a subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Scotland has released (27th February) two of their new denominations which are launched as part of a new family of vertically designed banknotes entitled “Living in Nature,” Initially unveiled in May 2018, the new banknotes carry the date 12 APRIL 2018 along with the signature of Ross McEwan, chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group of which the Ulster Bank is a part of. The £5 and £10 notes are produced on polymer, and the Ulster Bank is now making the move to this substrate as the Bank of England has done with the issue of these same denominations. The new notes also include advanced security features that will make the notes much more difficult to counterfeit. The new series was developed by a panel of experts and people from across Northern Ireland, affording them an opportunity to show the creativity and talent of local people.
£5 banknote, blue — 125 by 65
£10 banknote, brown — 132 by 69
The notes also include new security features such as:
Colour shifting ink: This application is in the shape of the Ulster Bank logo, and is located in the upper-right corner as viewed from the face. When the note
Embossing application: An embossed single numeral can be seen and felt on the note’s clear window.
Tactile application: A series of raised dots are located on the £10 and can be felt on the upper left corner when viewed from the face side. These tactile dots are used to identify the note for visually impaired persons.
Iridescent ink application: As seen on the face’s left side when the note is tilted in light, an iridescent print is visible. On the £10 note, a single rose bloom as well as a cluster of Guelder roses can be seen. On the £5 note, a fuchsia blossom is seen along with a cluster of leaves.
UV printing: On the back is the numeral of the denomination of the banknote, as well as an image of a parent and child holding hands, and a display of Glade Ulster potatoes, a strain developed in County Antrim. Ulster Bank currency notes are redeemable for use primarily in Northern Ireland and always exchangeable for Bank of England banknotes. For additional information about Ulster Bank and other Northern Ireland currency notes, please visit the website of the Association of Commercial Banknote Issuers (ACBI).