Northern Ireland to Introduce Portrait Banknotes

By Gary Cutlack on at

Northern Ireland's Ulster Bank has had a bonkers idea, probably thought up by a work experience kid keen to give the system a kick up the arse and have something to tweet about first. It's going to try doing money sideways.

As in, it's launching banknotes that you hold, look at, and imagine having more of vertically or in portrait orientation as it were, with its forthcoming new polymer £5 and £10 banknotes set to be an amazing conversation starter with numismatists when they arrive in 2019.

Northern Ireland will then join Bermuda and Kazakhstan in being the only countries in the world using vertical banknotes, which ought to add a handful of single old men to the country's tourism numbers. [Sky News]

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