The Ulster Bank in Northern Ireland has revealed the new polymer £20 will look like once it enters circulation in early 2020. The theme ‘Living in Nature’ was developed based on discussions with experts and Northern Irish citizens.
The theme highlights Northern Ireland as a place to live with the spotlight on architecture and the local concept of craic. Craic roughly meant a spirit of fun and friendliness.
The note is vertical and purple. The face side of the note depicts Derry’s world-famous Halloween celebrations with street entertainers and audience that shows the local music and culture. Architecture is indicated in the arches, tiles, brickwork, and red-brick building patterns of Northern Ireland.
The back of the note is similar to the existing £5 and £10 of the Living in Nature theme – the Hawthorn flower. Fisheries are represented by the eels at the top of both sides. The Halloween theme is incorporated in the security features. Visible under the ultraviolet are the skeletons and Leisler’s bat, the largest type of species in Ireland.
Other security elements include the Hawthorn flower and the transparent outline of Lough Neagh, the largest lake in the British Isles.
Ulster Bank, one of the four banks authorized to issue banknotes In Northern Ireland, is removing paper currencies from the circulation by replacing it with the polymer notes.