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Historic notes

Over the centuries our constituent banks have issued banknotes in hundreds of different designs. This section explores some of the most interesting, unusual and influential among them.

Add your signposting title here… 20 shilling note, 1727

This note is from the Royal Bank of Scotland's very first set of banknotes, printed in 1727.

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Add your signposting title here… Counterfeit £1 note, 1810

A fake version of one of the first notes of Commercial Bank of Scotland, established in 1810.

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Add your signposting title here… One guinea note, 1792

This note is also known as the 'red head issue', and is an example of Europe's first multi-coloured banknote.

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Add your signposting title here… Unissued specimen £1 note, 1893

This note is from a particularly fine series first issued by National Bank of Scotland in 1893.

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Add your signposting title here… £1 note, 1827

This was the Royal Bank's first note to be printed from a steel plate, and the first British banknote to be printed on both sides.

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Add your signposting title here… £1 note, 1914

This is an example of the Royal Bank's longest-used banknote design, which was in circulation - with minor alterations - from 1832 to 1968.

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Add your signposting title here… £5 note, 1966

The new design introduced in 1966 was a major departure

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Add your signposting title here… £10 note 'interim series', 1969

The 'interim' series was issued immediately after the Royal Bank of Scotland had merged with National Commercial Bank of Scotland.

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