RBS to issue new £10 note featuring astronomer Mary Somerville on October 4

Mathematician and astronomer Mary Somerville features on the Royal Bank of Scotland’s new £10 note (RBS/PA Wire)

The Royal Bank of Scotland has released the date it will produce its first plastic £10 bill.

It will be accessible to the populace on October 4 and will be 15% smaller than the ones in circulation right now.

The money will star Scottish mathematician and astronomer Mary Somerville as part of the bank’s Fabric of Nature motif.

RBS chief executive Ross McEwan announced: “At the Royal Bank of Scotland, we feel that a banknote’s value is more than just the figure printed across its front – it is our symbol which lives in people’s pockets and touches everyday lives.

“It has been 30 years since we produced a new £10 note and as the Royal Bank of Scotland, we wanted the public to help influence the design.

“They helped influence our theme of Fabric of Nature and helped us consider the impact Mary Somerville has had on our understanding of the world in which we live.

“It is fitting that our most advanced note yet will carry her portrait.”

At the back of Mary’s picture is an etching of her hometown, Burntisland in Fife.

A moon illustration taken from her work, the “Mechanism Of The Heavens,” is seen when the bill is flashed with UV light.

The material comprises a variable number of new security features, which the bank says makes it “difficult to counterfeit but easy to authenticate.”

On the back side of the note, there is a pair of otters, which is usually seen in the west of Scotland.

Scotish poet Norman MacCaig’s quotations will also be featured on the note.

Braille, which the visually impaired uses to read, will also be featured on the note to help them authenticate the bill.

Philanthropist and entrepreneur Catherine Cranston will be the face of the £20, which is expected to be released to the public in year 2020.

Cranston made her fame for her series of tea rooms over the city.

The Willow Tearooms, her flagship venue, became part of Scotland’s design system largely because of the interior made by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Malcolm Buchanan, chairman of the Scottish board of the Royal Bank of Scotland, announced: “As a bank, we celebrate entrepreneurialism and creating opportunity, and Catherine Cranston embodies that spirit.

“Catherine will follow Nan Shepherd and Mary Somerville in gracing notes fit for a modern age and one that will serve customers across Scotland for years to come.”