The first polymer bank note will appear in Scotland next year, with Clydesdale Bank set to introduce our first "plastic" money. The special fiver will commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Forth Bridge, with two million of them going into circulation from next March.
The Clydesdale's plan means the possibly-independent-by-then country will beat England by a year in the race to introduce the more robust and harder to fake polymer notes, with the face of bridge engineer Sir William Arrol the first to be immortalised in the new, slightly smaller, format.
Good luck trying to get someone in an English branch of WH Smith to accept a plastic Scottish fiver. They'll try to have you arrested. [Guardian]