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1 Pound Sterling 1942, Kingdom of Great Britain

in Banknotes Book Number: SC303b
Years of issue: 01.07.1942
Edition: --
Signatures: General Manager: Mr. A.Mitchell, Accountant: Mr. R. Young
Serie: Scotland
Specimen of: 03.01.1927
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 150 x 85
Printer: TDLR (Thomas de la Rue & Company), London

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1 Pound Sterling 1942



watermarkThe inscriptions: "Clydesdale" on the top and "Bank Limited" lower.


1 Pound Sterling 1942

Glasgow coatOn top is the central part of the coat of arms of Glasgow (without St. Mungo on top), where were created constituent banks.

St. Mungo is patron saint of Glasgow, the original home of this bank.

It represents the 4 miracles of Mungo, the bird, the tree, the ring, and the fish.

*The Bird - Mungo restored life to the pet robin of Saint Serf, which had been killed by some of his fellow classmates, hoping to blame him for its death.

*The Tree - Mungo had been left in charge of a fire in Saint Serf's monastery. He fell asleep and the fire went out. Taking branches from a tree, he restarted the fire.

*The Fish and the ring - refers to the story about Queen Languoreth of Strathclyde who was suspected of infidelity by her husband. King Riderch demanded to see her ring, which he claimed she had given to her lover. In reality the King had thrown it into the River Clyde. Faced with execution she appealed for help to Mungo, who ordered a messenger to catch a fish in the river. On opening the fish, the ring was miraculously found inside, which allowed the Queen to clear her name. (This story may be confused with an almost identical one concerning King Maelgwn of Gwynedd and Saint Asaph.)

The coat of arms is surrounded by three ladies:

Woman on the left (sitting), presumably, is an allegory of agriculture.

The woman on the right (sitting), supposedly, is an allegory of industry.

The woman on the right (standing), supposedly, is an allegory of trade.

Left bottom, supposedly, is an allegory of agriculture.

Woman (standing), supposedly, is an allegory of industry.

Lower right, supposedly, is an allegory of trade.

Denominations in numerals are in top corners, in words on top and centered.


1 Pound Sterling 1942

The blue bar with the logo of the bank (Central part of the coat of Glasgow) is centered, surrounded by the inscription: "The Clydesdale Bank Limited".


Although, Scotland is not an independent state, and is part of the UK. Three Scottish banks have the right to issue their own banknotes. Officially, these notes are not called "Scottish pounds" and their denomination designated in pound sterling. In the strict sense of the term "Legal Tender" banknotes of Scottish banks are not even legal tender in Scotland, but can be taken throughout the United Kingdom.