Two Clydesdale Bank £5 notes issued to commemorate the Forth Bridge UNESCO World Heritage Site Nomination (on the 125th anniversary of the opening of the bridge). It bears an image of the contractor, William Arrol, on the obverse and an image of the Forth Bridge on the reverse. Following the Forth Bridge
The £5 note initially entered circulation in March 2015 as a limited edition note to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the opening of the Forth Bridge. It was the first fully polymer note to be launched in Great Britain. The note features Sir William Arrol on the front, along with the Forth Bridge and the Titan Crane. The reverse shows several images of the Forth Bridge. Following the bridge being inscribed by United Nations body UNESCO in July 2015 for World Heritage status the note was altered to recognise this.
These notes were printed by De La Rue and are the first in Europe to use the company’s Safeguard polymer substrate security feature. The notes also use the Spark Orbital security feature which depicts a reflective map of Scotland over a transparent “window” in the banknote.