The reverse of the £5 note features two mackerel, in celebration of the single most valuable stock for the Scottish fishing industry, as well as an excerpt from the poem ‘The Choice’ by Scottish poet Sorley MacLean.
After consulting with the public through workshops, online communities and polling surveys, the RBS Scotland Board has voted Scottish novelist and poet Nan Shepherd to also feature on the £5 note when it comes into circulation later this year.
The new notes will be printed on De La Rue’s Safeguard® Polymer material and will also contain a variety of new security features, making them difficult to counterfeit but easy to authenticate.
This announcement follows the recent public vote that led to scientist Mary Somerville being chosen to feature on the £10 notes which will enter circulation in 2017.
The chairman of the RBS Scotland Board, Malcolm Buchanan, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to involve the public throughout this process; from the workshops and surveys that helped to decide on the theme, right through to the public vote that resulted in Mary Somerville being chosen to feature on the £10 note.
“People in Scotland will be using this money every day and it is quite right that they got to play an important role in designing it. This truly is the people’s money.”