Clydesdale Bank £50 note

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Fifty pounds
(United Kingdom)
Value£50
Width156 mm
Height85 mm
Security featuresRaised print, metallic thread, watermark, microlettering, UV feature, holographic feature, see-through registration device
Paper typeCotton
Years of printing2009–present (current design)
Obverse
DesignElsie Inglis
Design date2009
Reverse
DesignAntonine Wall
Design date2009

The Clydesdale Bank £50 note is a banknote of the pound sterling. It is the second largest denomination of banknote issued by the Clydesdale Bank; the current cotton note, first issued in 2009 bears a portrait of Elsie Inglis, founder of the Scottish Women's Hospitals, on the obverse and an image of the Antonine Wall on the reverse.

History[edit]

The Clydesdale Bank began issuing banknotes (although not in £50 denominations) 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side only; the issuing of banknotes by Scottish banks was regulated by the Banknote (Scotland) Act 1845 until it was superseded by the Banking Act 2009.[1] Though strictly not legal tender in Scotland, Scottish banknotes are nevertheless legal currency and are generally accepted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;[2] the £50 note is currently the second largest denomination of banknote issued by the Clydesdale Bank.[3]

The Famous Scots issue of the £50 note featuring economist Adam Smith was introduced in 1981. On the reverse of this note are several images representing engineering and agricultural machinery in the eightenneth century;[4] the current World Heritage series £50 note was introduced in 2009. This note features a portrait of Elsie Inglis on the front, and an image of the Antonine Wall on the back.[5]

Designs[edit]

Note First issued Colour Size Design Additional information
Famous Scots 1981 Green 156 × 85 mm Front: Adam Smith; Back: Various images
World Heritage 2009 Green 156 × 85 mm Front: Elsie Inglis; Back: Antonine Wall

Information taken from The Committee of Scottish Bankers website.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Banknote History". The Committee of Scottish Bankers. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Scottish and Northern Ireland Banknotes Factsheet" (PDF). Association of Commercial Banknote Issuers. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Current Banknotes : Clydesdale Bank". The Committee of Scottish Bankers. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Banknote Design Features : Clydesdale Bank Famous Scots Series". The Committee of Scottish Bankers. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Banknote Design Features : Clydesdale Bank World Heritage Series". The Committee of Scottish Bankers. Retrieved 14 June 2016.

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