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10 June, 2018

Scotland The Royal Bank of Scotland - £10 2017 Polymer Series

Scotland
The Royal Bank of Scotland

The Royal Bank of Scotland is the second bank to release the new £10 polymer series. This note was released on 04.10.2017.

Front: Portrait of Mary Somerville, quote from her work "The Connection of the Physical Sciences", Burntisland beach (Mary Somerville was born in Jedburg in 1780, not far from the north of England and raised in Burntisland, near Edinburgh);
Back: a male and female playful Otters, an excerpt from the poem "Moorings" by Norman MacCraig, botanicals used in the dyeing process and Dogtooth tweed pattern designed by Scottish mills.

According to the bank, this is a people's banknote as more than 1000 Scots were consulted in the design of this new note. The main feature on the front of the note depicts the portrait of Mary Somerville. Somerville was a great and iconic lady during her time as a scientist and her name has been honored such as Somerville College in Oxford, Somerville House in Burntisland and a main-belt asteroid, 5771 Somerville (1987 ST1). During her life time, she studied astronomy, geography, mathematics, art and Latin. On the back it features the two otters. The first £5 polymer note has the design of the Scottish mackerel, and this second note has a pair of playful otters. It appears that the theme was started from the sea and it's now reached the shore. It is believe that the next 3 notes will continue the journey. There are few hidden security features on the note and this can be viewed under UV light. The two otters glowed under the UV light. Can you spot the number "10" on the nose of the two otters? (no "5" on the eye of the Scottish mackerels).

First prefix AA; Replacement prefix ZZ. 

Ten Pounds
Dated 2016, P371 - AA Prefix
Reverse
Ten Pounds
Dated 2017 - Replacement ZZ
Reverse

09 June, 2018

Scotland Clydesdale Bank - £10 Polymer 2017

Scotland
Clydesdale Bank
This is the second of the Scottish polymer series. This note is printed with the date of 25.01.2017 and was issued on 21.09.2017. Clydesdale Bank is the first bank to release the £10 polymer series.

Designs:
Front: Robert Burns (1759-1796, map of Scotland, see-through window with image of Edinburgh castle;
Back: The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh, (Scottish World Heritage site since 1995), monument, train, Edinburgh castle, the Royal Scottish Academy of the Mound and the outline map of Scotland.

The design for this polymer note is very similar to the last paper note except that additional security features are added to the note such as the see-through window and also the raised dots for the visually impaired. Some minor features also been replaced such as the vaulted archways (replacing the mad dashing Tam o'Shanter), an ink well is added on the front next to the portrait of Robert Burns (a famous Scots poet), a modern mode of transportation (tram) and Gothic Sir Walter Scott Monument on Princes Street in Edinburgh. Unlike the two other Scottish Banks, Clydesdale Bank retains the same prefix style as the last paper banknote series.

First prefix W/HS (World Heritage Site); Replacement prefix E/ZZ.

The signature of the note belongs to the CEO David Duffy (appointed since 19.01.2015)

Ten Pounds
Dated 2017
Reverse
Ten Pounds
Dated 2017- Replacement Prefix E/ZZ
Reverse

06 June, 2018

Scotland - Bank of Scotland Single £10 2016 and £5 & £10 2016 Two Notes Polymer Series Presentation Folders

Scotland
Bank of Scotland

Like the previous £5 presentation folder issue, this is also a presentation folder for the £10 polymer note issued on 10.10.2017. This time, two varieties were made available to the collectors; - One-note folder - This comprises of the £10 polymer note only. Only 2000 sets issued with serial numbers ranging from AA 003001 to AA 005000. Two-note folder - This folder comes with the two polymer notes of £5 and £10. The £5 note was issued in 2016. As these are limited edition, only 1000 sets were issued to collectors with matching serial numbers, ranging from AA 002001 to AA 003000.

Again, these limited editions provide collectors the opportunity to get the notes with fairly low serial numbers from the first prefix runs. One Note Folder (2000 sets).

Ten Pounds
Dated 2016, P131
Reverse
Folder Front Cover
Serial numbers range - AA003001 to AA004000 and AA004001 to AA005000. Two Notes Folder (1000 sets with matching no set)

Five Pounds
Dated 2016, P130
Reverse
Ten Pounds
Dated 2016, P131
Reverse
Front Cover
Serial numbers range - AA002001 to AA003000

03 June, 2018

Scotland Bank of Scotland - £5 2016 Polymer Series Presentation Folder

Scotland - Bank of Scotland

This is a presentation folder first polymer note issued by the Bank of Scotland. This folder presentation set (single note) was first released on 16.11.2016 at an issued price of £15. As this is a limited edition, only 1000 sets were issued. Each folder is numbered with 3 digits matching the serial numbers on the note. This folder provides collectors the opportunity to get one with fairly low serial number at a reasonable price.This set is listed as set no 006 (see below for more details).

Five Pounds
Dated 2016, P130
Reverse
Front Folder

Footnote: A total of 1000 sets were issued and all sold out. Serial nos of these 1000 notes were meant to be from AA 004001 to AA 005000. The notes were initially issued in batches of 500 sets each. However due to misunderstanding, the serial numbers for the entire 1000 sets are not in sequence.

This is how it was released; -

First batch - released on 16.11.2016
AA 004001 - AA 004300 (300 sets)
AA 004501 - AA 004700 (200 sets).

Second batch - released on 09.12.2016
AA 003001 - AA 003500 (500 sets).
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