The new Ulster Bank £5 and £10 polymer notes 2019


These are the UK and Ireland’s first main-issue vertical banknotes. The new note designs are centred around the theme Living in Nature.

The £5 note focuses on Northern Ireland as a place that people pass through and visit, highlighting the importance of the sea and migration. It features Strangford Lough and brent geese. The £10 note focuses on Northern Ireland as  a place of growth, both in terms of agriculture and heritage. It features Lough Erne, the Irish hare and guilder-rose flowers. 

All the new banknotes  are printed on polymer, are much more durable than traditional paper-cotton, smaller, and are friendlier to the environment.

Patricia was honoured to be invited to contribute to the project.


Ulster Bank £5 note (Obverse)

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Light-bellied brent geese fly in from the High Arctic to their wintering grounds on Strangford Lough. Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland hosts over 75% of the population during the late autumn.