Royal Bank of Scotland’s new £50 note enters circulation today at eight selected branches across the country.
The new note, the bank’s first polymer £50 and first new £50 in almost 30 years, features an illustration of Scottish women’s education pioneer Flora Stevenson, with an image of the protected Scottish Osprey on its reverse.
Available at selected branches in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, Inverness, Paisley and Ayr, from today, the note is the last of the bank’s ‘Fabric of Nature’ series, which began with the polymer £5 note in 2016.
With enhanced security features to help safeguard against fraud, the note, which is manufactured by DeLaRue, will last at least 2.5 times longer than its paper predecessor.
Introduced today, the new note will be available across the bank’s network within the next two weeks.
Commenting, Malcolm Buchanan, chair, Scotland Board, Royal Bank of Scotland, said:
"Royal Bank of Scotland has been issuing banknotes since 1727 and they play an important part in our 300 year history but we feel that the value is more than just the portrait and pictures printed on the notes. It is o commemoration that lives in people’s pockets and offer the chance to celebrate and remember those who have helped shape our society and the communities that the Bank serves.
"Flora Stevenson’s legacy touches many aspects of Scottish life that our nation can be proud of: education, commitment, dedication and creating opportunity.
"Throughout our long history Royal Bank of Scotland has embraced new technologies to improve how we serve our customers but our bank notes have remained an important part of our everyday life throughout that time. Our new polymer £50, like all of our FON series, will continue to play that role for years to come.”