Bank of Scotland £10 note

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Ten pounds
(United Kingdom)
Value£10
Width132 mm
Height69 mm
Security featuresSee-through window, raised print, security thread, mask, microlettering [1]
Paper typePolymer
Years of printing1695–present
2017–present (current design)
Obverse
BOS-Polymer-£10-Front.png
DesignWalter Scott
Design date2017
Reverse
BOS-Polymer-£10-Back.png
DesignGlenfinnan Viaduct
Design date2017

The Bank of Scotland £10 note, also known as a tenner, is a banknote of the pound sterling. It is the second smallest denomination of banknote issued by the Bank of Scotland; the current polymer note, first issued in 2017, bears the image of Walter Scott on the obverse and a vignette of the Glenfinnan Viaduct on the reverse.

History[edit]

Paper currency was introduced in Scotland immediately following the foundation of the Bank of Scotland in 1695. Early banknotes were monochrome, and printed on one side only; the issuing of banknotes by Scottish banks was regulated by the Banknote (Scotland) Act 1845 until it was superseded by the Banking Act 2009.[2] Though strictly not legal tender in Scotland, Scottish banknotes are nevertheless legal currency and are generally accepted throughout the United Kingdom. Scottish banknotes are fully backed such that holders have the same level of protection as those holding genuine Bank of England notes;[3] the £10 note is currently the second smallest denomination of banknote issued by the Bank of Scotland.[4] Scottish banknotes are not withdrawn in the same manner as Bank of England notes, and therefore several different versions of the Bank of Scotland ten pound note may be encountered[5] although the Committee of Scottish Bankers encouraged the public to spend or exchange older, non-polymer ten pound notes before 1 March 2018.[6]

The Tercentenary series of Bank of Scotland notes was introduced in 1995, and is named for the three hundredth anniversary of the bank's founding, which occurred in that year; each note features a portrait of Walter Scott on the front. The £10 note has a diamond on the front (other denominations having different shapes) to aid identification for those with impaired vision; the back features an image of The Mound, the location of the bank's headquarters. Each denomination also features a rear design reflecting a certain aspect of Scottish industry and society. On the £10 note the rear design represents the distilling and brewing sector. Three symbols appear on the right-hand side of the rear of the note; these are (from top to bottom) Pallas, goddess of weaving (symbol of the British Linen Bank which merged with the Bank of Scotland in 1971), a saltire with gold bezants (part of the bank's coat of arms), and ship (a symbol of the Union Bank of Scotland which merged with the Bank of Scotland in 1955).[7]

The Bridges series of banknotes was introduced in 2007 to replace the Tercentenary series; the size and colour remain is unchanged, and Walter Scott remains on the obverse. The image of The Mound was moved to the front and a new rear design featuring the Glenfinnan Viaduct appears; the text has been updated to a more modern style and new large, raised numerals act as an aid for the partially sighted.[8]

A new polymer £10 note was issued on the 10th October 2017. [9] The new note is the same size as the polymer Bank of England £10 note, it continues to feature Walter Scott on the front, and also features The Mound on both sides, appearing alongside the Brig o' Doon on the reverse.[10]

Designs[edit]

Note First issued Colour Size Design Additional information
Tercentenary 1995 Brown 142 × 75 mm Front: Walter Scott; Back: Distilling and brewing sector
Bridges 17 September 2007 Brown 142 × 75 mm Front: Walter Scott; Back: Glenfinnan Viaduct
Polymer 10th October 2017 [11] Brown 132mm x 69mm Front: Walter Scott; Back: Glenfinnan Viaduct

Information taken from The Committee of Scottish Bankers website.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bank of Scotland - £10 Polymer". The Committee of Scottish Bankers. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Banknote History". The Committee of Scottish Bankers. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Scottish and Northern Ireland Banknotes Factsheet" (PDF). Association of Commercial Banknote Issuers. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Current Banknotes : Bank of Scotland". The Committee of Scottish Bankers. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  5. ^ "What to do with Scottish Paper £5 & £10 notes". The Committee of Scottish Bankers. Archived from the original on 9 October 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Four-week deadline to use Scottish paper money". BBC News. 5 February 2018. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Banknote Design Features : Bank of Scotland Tercentenary Series". The Committee of Scottish Bankers. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Banknote Design Features : Bank of Scotland Bridges Series". The Committee of Scottish Bankers. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Introducing Polymer £10's". The Committee of Scottish Bankers. Archived from the original on 11 August 2017. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Know Your Scottish Banknotes" (PDF). The Committee of Scottish Bankers. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  11. ^ "Introducing Polymer £10's". The Committee of Scottish Bankers. Archived from the original on 11 August 2017. Retrieved 19 September 2017.

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