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Ryder Cup note is world's first

Special £5 note will be available from the official shop

RYDER CUP EUROPE and the Royal Bank of Scotland have unveiled the design of a special edition bank note to commemorate the Ryder Cup.

The first of its kind, the special £5 note will be available in official Ryder Cup commemorative display packaging and can still be used as normal currency anywhere in the UK.


Both organisations say the bank note is highly unique as it will be printed on Hybrid paper – a first for the UK and Europe. The mix of traditional cotton paper and polyester plastic materials means the note will be more durable and resistant to tears or staining.

The design is striking and features a see-through window in the shape of the Ryder Cup and it will prove highly collectable for bank note enthusiasts, as it will be the first to ever contain the signature of Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Ross McEwan.

Richard Hills. Europe’s Ryder Cup director, said: “Bank notes are a stable of collectible items that people love to buy, or as a gift, to commemorate major events. They don’t come much bigger than the Ryder Cup and we know that many people will want that special memento to mark the time it came to Scotland. It’ll make a great gift for someone – particularly ticket holders, for whom there is a space within the folio package for their ticket to sit on display, too.”


Available at a price of £20, those with Ryder Cup match day and practice day ticket holders qualify for an exclusive one-for-one exchange at the Gleneagles course during the week of the event itself.

This isn’t the first golfing commemorative note to be released as there was a £5 note issued by the Royal Bank of Scotland on the first day of the 2005 Open Championship at St Andrews to celebrate the career of Jack Nicklaus.

Ken Barclay, Royal Bank of Scotland’s chairman in Scotland, said: “RBS has a long history of issuing commemorative bank notes and supporting golf in Scotland and it means a lot to be able to mark the Ryder Cup’s arrival here for the first time in over 40 years.

“Golf contributes in so many ways to Scotland’s economy and wider communities, and we are proud to show our support through the launch of this note. RBS supports golf clubs all over Scotland and we are also committed to ClubGolf, the Ryder Cup legacy programme, which has enjoyed phenomenal success since the launch in 2003.”

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