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Danske Bank and Bank of Ireland to introduce plastic banknotes

6 November 2018

The new polymer banknotes will enter circulation in February 2019

Danske Bank and Bank of Ireland have announced plans to introduce polymer banknotes in Northern Ireland.

Polymer banknotes are regarded as being cleaner, more durable and more secure than paper notes.

Danske Bank
On 27 February 2019, Danske Bank will launch a polymer £10 banknote into circulation.

The new note will keep the familiar base design concept of the paper note but with subtle colour and feature upgrades, including a revised main portrait of the image on its current paper counterpart – a depiction of inventor John Dunlop.

In a change to the old design the new polymer note will also now include an image of Mr Dunlop’s son alongside that of his father.

Danske Bank polymer banknotes.

Bank of Ireland
Also on 27 February 2019, Bank of Ireland will introduce polymer £5 and £10 banknotes into circulation. This will be followed by a £20 banknote in 2020.

The new notes will retain the image of The Old Bushmills Distillery in County Antrim.

Bank of Ireland polymer banknotes.