Ulster Bank has revealed the UK's first vertical banknotes, which are due to enter circulation next year.

The £5 and £10 notes are designed to be read in portrait, as opposed to all existing banknotes in the UK which are read landscape.

The £5 note features pictures of Strangford Lough (a large sea loch in Northern Ireland) and Brent geese, while the £10 version shows Lough Erne (another lake system in Northern Ireland), an Irish hare and Guelder-rose shrubs.

The polymer notes will be issued in Northern Ireland but will be legal currency and usable for cash transactions across the UK.

Martin Lewis
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What do the notes look like?

The notes, which will enter circulation in early 2019, can be seen below:

What does Ulster Bank say?

Richard Donnan, head of Ulster Bank in Northern Ireland, said: “Innovation is at the core of our bank, whether that’s through digital technologies, in our face-to-face services, or these designs.

“The notes will also contain advanced security features that will make the notes much harder to counterfeit – giving customers reassurance that their money is safe and secure.”

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