Belfast Telegraph

Tighter security features placed on new Bank of Ireland notes

The Old Bushmills Distillery
The Old Bushmills Distillery

By Clare Weir

Bank of Ireland UK is to launch new banknotes into circulation this week which include new security features.

The notes, in denominations of £5, £10, £20 and £50, will be issued through Bank of Ireland UK cash machines and branches and will replace the existing banknotes in circulation over time. While the new banknotes will look similar to current banknotes there will be a number of differences including the introduction of a hologram dual image for £10 and £20 banknotes and a dual image and filigree for the £50 note.

The £5, £10, £20 and £50 notes will also see the introduction of a wider security thread and there will be electrotype in the watermark in the form of Bank of Ireland chevrons.

The new notes are dated 1st January 2013 and the signature on the new note is Stephen Matchett, Chief Financial Officer.

Bank of Ireland UK is continuing to feature the Old Bushmills Distillery building on the reverse of the £5, £10, £20 and £50 notes.

Bank of Ireland UK has been liaising with retailers, industry bodies, consumer organisations and suppliers of self-service tills and car park payment machines to ensure they all are familiar with the new banknotes.

Branch staff will have literature describing the new features on the notes.

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