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Commemorative Bank Note for the Queen's Golden Jubilee

Commemorative Bank Note for the Queen's Golden Jubilee (Front)
Being the "Royal Bank of Scotland" (established by a Royal charter in 1727) it was appropriate that they should issue a bank note to commemorate the Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002. The £5 notes are dated 6 February 2002, the 50th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II, following the death of her father, King George VI. The two million notes issued all have a serial number beginning "TQGJ" and the front of the note carries the official crown emblem of the Golden Jubilee. Otherwise, most of the front of the note is similar to the usual Royal Bank of Scotland design - with a portrait of Lord Ilay (1682-1761), the bank's first Governor and a representation of the "stars" in the impressive ceiling of the bank's chief office in Edinburgh.

Commemorative Bank Note for the Queen's Golden Jubilee (Reverse)

The main features on the reverse of the bank note are the two portraits of the Queen, showing her at the time of the coronation (on June 2 1953) and a more recent image. The two illustrations show the changing styles and attitudes which have taken place over the intervening 50 years, moving from a formal, regal young Queen who is now shown as a more relaxed and natural person (who is also known to have a highly developed sense of humour).

Behind the portraits of the Queen is an engraving of the Rose Window in Westminster Abbey where she was crowned. To the left of the portraits, the elements are based on the Order of the Thistle, the highest order of chivalry in Scotland (founded by King James VII in 1687).

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