A Ryder Cup souvenir you can take to the bank

Ryder Cup bank note
Royal Bank of Scotland
The special-edition £5 note from the Royal Bank of Scotland features a Ryder Cup motif on both front and back.
By John Holmes

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, June 27, 2014 | 6:12 p.m.

The Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland is only 90 days away, and I've already got souvenirs on my mind. One of the coolest I've seen so far is a commemorative Ryder Cup bank note that is legal currency in the United Kingdom.

As you can see in the image above, the special-edition £5 note features a Ryder Cup motif on both front and back, and will be the first Scottish note to carry the signature of Royal Bank of Scotland CEO Ross McEwan, which will make it a unique collectible for currency enthusiasts. It also will be the first note in Europe printed on hybrid paper – a mix of traditional cotton paper and polyester plastic materials designed to make it more durable.

"Bank notes are part of a stable of collectible items that people love to buy, or give as a gift, to commemorate major events," said Richard Hills, Europe’s Ryder Cup Director. "Sporting events 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."

The notes are now being printed, but they won't go into general circulation. Instead, they will be available as part of a commemorative folio that will be sold at Gleneagles during the Ryder Cup. The folio also can be pre-ordered at a cost of £20 or $32, and you can find out all about it by clicking here.