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Scotland Reveals Two New £20 Note Designs

Bank of Scotland has unveiled the new design of the polymer £20 note on November 7, 2019, which is to enter circulation by 2020. The portrait of the Scottish novelist and poet, Sir Walter Scott, alongside the image of The Mound in Edinburgh will continue to appear on the obverse of the note along with the distinctive red Forth Bridge which was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in July 2015 on the reverse side.

Some of the key security features of the polymer note are:

  • the anti-counterfeit ‘window effect’ place in the windows of The Mound
  • a holographic depth stripe
  • the top of the foil features a Northern Lights effect when tilted
  • the clouds adjacent to ‘Fame’ will move left to right when tilted east to west

The £20 note will have a new image of the Forth Bridge with the Queensferry Crossing visible in the background. As part of the celebration of the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world. Queensferry Crossing will be honored on a limited number of commemorative £20 notes. These notes will be marked with ‘QF & QC’ on the design.

The £20 note will also have the tactile feature to help the visually impaired. All the existing paper notes will be gradually withdrawn. 

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