The design of the new polymer £20 note will enter circulation early in the new year
Bank of Scotland has shown a new polymer £20 note. The front side of the note will continue to feature the portrait of the Scottish novelist Sir Walter Scott, along with the image of The Mound in Edinburgh. The distinctive red Forth Bridge remains on the reverse, which was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in July 2015.
Polymer notes by Bank of Scotland have the anti-counterfeit ‘window effect’ which can be found in the windows of The Mound. The £20 polymer note includes a holographic depth stripe. The top of the foil features a Northern Lights effect when tilted, additionally the clouds adjacent to ‘Fame’ will move left to right when tilted east to west. Holders of the new polymer note will see a new image of the Forth Bridges, with the Queensferry Crossing visible in the background.
Bank of Scotland will gradually withdraw all existing £20 notes following the issuance of the new note. However, both of them will continue to be accepted at shops, banks, and cash payment machines.