Polymer Banknotes

Polymer Banknotes are gradually being rolled out accross Scotland and England, with the Northern Ireland banknote issuers begining the transition to polymer in 2019.

The thin, flexible plastic material is resistant to dirt and moisture so will stay cleaner than paper and will incorporate advanced security features making the banknotes difficult to counterfeit. They will also lasts at least 2.5 times longer than paper banknotes improving the quality of notes in circulation.

New £5 notes were introduced into circulation in Scotland in 2016 followed by the £10 notes in 2017. In Northern Ireland new £5 & £10 notes will begin to enter circulation early in 2019 with exact dates still to be confirmed.

Release dates for polymer £20 notes are still to be confirmed but are likely to be early 2020.

Old paper design banknotes will continue to be removed from circulation as the new polymer banknotes are issued. Longer term, this will create a simpler banknote circulation model in Scotland and Northern Ireland.


Contact info for Polymer enquiries:

For further information please contact:

Bank of Scotland:

Tel: 0131 666 3637            E-Mail:- cashchangesupportteam@lloydsbanking.com

Clydesdale Bank: 

Tel: 0141 242 3091             E-Mail:- cash.services.glasgow@cybg.com

The Royal Bank of Scotland:

Tel: 0131 523 8245              E-Mail: rbsnewbanknotes@rbs.co.uk


The Bank of England £5 & £10 polymer banknotes issued in September 2016 and 2017 respectfully, will be followed by the £20 note in 2020. For further information on Bank of England Polymer please click follow the link to the Bank of England website.