Scottish Bank Notes

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Scottish Bank Notes

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The United Kingdom is one of the few countries in the world where the issue of bank notes is not restricted to the Government and/or its Central Bank. In Scotland, there is a proud tradition of producing bank notes since 1695. These pages have been created to tell some of that history.

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  • A history of the early days of Scottish banks and their banknotes.  Starting with the first bank in 1695 and tracing the development over the next 300 years.

  • Some recent Royal Bank of Scotland Notes  The Royal Bank is the only bank still producing notes to the value of one pound

  • Some early Royal Bank of Scotland Commemorative Notes  The Royal Bank was the first UK bank to issue a commemorative note and they have issued another two notes marking specific events.

  • Opening of Scottish Parliament - Royal Bank Commemorative  Issued on 6 May 1999, the first sitting of a Scottish Parliament for nearly 300 years, the one pound note illustrates both the temporary home and the new parliament building in Edinburgh.

  • Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother's 100th Birthday - Royal Bank Commemorative    Issued on the Queen Mum's 100th birthday on 4 August 2000, they include references to her Scottish roots.

  • Queen's Golden Jubilee - Royal Bank Commemorative £5 Note    Dated 6 February 2002, the 50th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II

  • 250th Anniversary of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club -Royal Bank Commemorative    With the R&A clubhouse and "Old Tom Morris", winner of the Open Championship at the age of 17.

  • Jack Nicklaus  Homage to one of the golfing greats.

  • Some Clydesdale Bank Commemorative Notes  Clydesdale bank have produced a number of colourful, higher denomination notes to mark particular anniversaries.

  • Clydedale Bank, 700th anniversary of the crowning of King Robert the Bruce First issued on 25 March 2006.

  • Glasgow, UK City of Architecture and Design for 1999 with graphics relating to Alexander "Greek" Thomson and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

  • Commonwealth Games 2006 held in Melbourne, Australia.

  • Final One Pound Notes of British Linen Bank and Union Bank of Scotland  Both of these banks became part of Bank of Scotland shortly after these notes were issued

  • Queen's Diamond Jubilee Commemorative £10   Dated 6 February 2012, the 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II

  • Clydesdale Bank £5 Commemorative for 125th anniversary of Opening of Forth Rail Bridge   Britain's first polymer (plastic coated) bank note

  • Clydesdale - Commemorative £20 Bank note New Lanark Signed by First Female Major Bank Chief Executive

  • Royal Bank of Scotland Polymer £5 Note - Nan Shepherd part of a new series of 'Fabric of Nature' themed notes coming into circulation in 2016 and 2017

  • Bank of Scotland Polymer £5 Note Although made of the new material, this new Bank of Scotland note features Sir Walter Scott, as before, in honour of the man who was instrumental in Scottish banknotes continuing in existence.

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