The title is a little misleading as there isn't really such thing as a UK banknote!
The Bank of England is the central bank of the United Kingdom and issues its own notes. But there are also seven commercial banks that issue banknotes in pounds Stirling under license from the treasury, in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Although accepted as money they are not technically legal tender and might not be accepted in England and Wales!
So I decided to design a new UK wide plastic banknote.
It depicts symbols of the four nations of the UK and has four main themes; Capital cities for £5 note. National emblems for £10. national plant for £20 and historic royal arms for £50. The reason for this is so you still have the regional identity on the note, but is still something that is recognisable and could be used anywhere in the UK, in a similar way to Euro notes. I experimented with banknotes recently on this blog but I took down that post and replaced it with this one.
The Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland series in these notes are:
Next is the £10 notes which are the national emblems series:
This example is a neutral note with the Royal Arms, the reverse is the same as the £5 note except the value is stated at £10. There is also England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland versions:
Next is the £20 notes which feature the national plant series. These notes are slightly different from the above as silver is included in the colour scheme:
Next is the £50 note which is the historical kingdom series. The reverse is the same as the £20 except the Union Jack design on Britannia's shield is now in colour:
This is the English version the Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland versions:
And last but not least is the £100 note this has gold in the colour scheme. there is only one version of this note that has the Royal Arms:
These notes are British National Banknotes (my rebrand of the Bank of England, which is the central bank of the whole UK, territories and dependencies not just England). Although there are regional themes all the notes are designed to be used anywhere in the UK.
But what about the other seven banks who print notes under licence?
Well they fallow a standard pattern similar to the above notes: