Clydesdale Bank £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 printing1838–present
2017–present (current design)
Obverse
Clydesdale-Polymer-£10-Front.png
DesignRobert Burns
Design date2017
Reverse
Clydesdale-Polymer-£10-Back.png
DesignOld and New Towns of Edinburgh
Design date2017

The Clydesdale Bank £10 note is a banknote of the pound sterling. It is the second smallest denomination of banknote issued by the Clydesdale Bank; the current polymer note, first issued in 2017, bears an image of Scottish poet Robert Burns on the obverse and a vignette of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh on the reverse.

History[edit]

The Clydesdale Bank began issuing £10 notes in 1838, the same year as the bank's founding. 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side only; the issuing of banknotes by Scottish banks was regulated by the Banknote (Scotland) Act 1845 until it was superseded by the Banking Act 2009.[2] Though strictly not legal tender in Scotland, Scottish banknotes are nevertheless legal currency and are generally accepted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 Clydesdale Bank.[4]

Scottish banknotes are not withdrawn in the same manner as Bank of England notes, and therefore several different versions of the Clydesdale ten pound note may be encountered;[5] the "Famous Scots" issue of the £10 note featuring missionary Mary Slessor was introduced in 1997.[6] On the reverse of this note are a series of images connected to Slessor's work, including a map of the area in which she worked and a vignette showing her work with children. In 2006 a version of the Slessor note marking the bank's sponsorship of Scotland's Commonwealth Games team was produced; this note has an alternate reverse displaying a montage of sporting events.[7] The "World Heritage" series £10 note was introduced in 2009; this note featured a portrait of Scottish poet Robert Burns on the front, and the Old Town and New Town of Edinburgh on the back.[8] A new polymer note went into circulation in 2017, replacing previous cotton issues; this new note continued to feature Robert Burns on the front and views of Edinburgh, including Edinburgh Castle, on the back.[9] The Committee of Scottish Bankers encouraged the public to spend or exchange older, non-polymer ten pound notes before 1 March 2018.[10]

Designs[edit]

Note First issued Colour Size Design Additional information
Famous Scots 1997 Brown 142 × 75 mm Front: Mary Slessor; Back: Various images
World Heritage 2009 Brown 142 × 75 mm Front: Robert Burns; Back: Old and New Towns of Edinburgh
Polymer 21st September 2017 [11] Brown 132 × 69 mm Front: Robert Burns; Back: Edinburgh

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Current Banknotes : Clydesdale Bank". The Committee of Scottish Bankers. Retrieved 9 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 "Clydesdale Bank - £10 Polymer". The Committee of Scottish Bankers. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  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. ^ "Clydesdale Bank has a proud history of supporting women". The Scotmsan. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Banknote Design Features : Clydesdale Bank Famous Scots Series". The Committee of Scottish Bankers. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Banknote Design Features : Clydesdale Bank World Heritage Series". The Committee of Scottish Bankers. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Clydesdale Bank chief signs new £10 polymer note featuring Burns". BBC News. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Four-week deadline to use Scottish paper money". BBC News. 2018-02-05. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  11. ^ "Introducing Polymer £10s". The Committee of Scottish Bankers. Archived from the original on 11 August 2017. Retrieved 19 September 2017.

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