The Bank of Scotland has announced they will be supporting the BBC’s “Children in Need” appeal this holiday season by taking part in a December auction that will offer exclusive new five-pound polymer banknotes specially designed and produced for this occasion.
The Bank of Scotland organized a banknote design competition earlier in the year in which Scottish school students were invited to design the reverse of the note. Thirteen-year-old Kayla Robson, a pupil from Dundee, won the competition and her design will be included on these new issues.
Earlier this year, the Bank of Scotland also announced that it would partner with the Bank of England to transition printed banknotes from paper to a polymer substrate; these will be the first of the Bank’s notes to be printed on plastic. The five-pound notes will feature the appeal’s mascot, “Pudsey Bear,” and only 40 of the new issues will be placed into the auction. A further 10 notes will be auctioned with the option of personalized serial numbers.
The banknote auction will be conducted by Spink & Son on December 8, 2015. Interested bidders can contact them directly by visiting their Web site. The Bank of Scotland will issue the new polymer £5 and £10 banknotes next year. The design of the main replacement polymer £5 note will be unveiled in early 2016, with the note itself issued in the second half of the year. It will be followed about a year later by the polymer £10 note.