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1 Pound Sterling 1969, Kingdom of Great Britain

in Banknotes Book Number: SC108
Years of issue: 18.08.1969
Edition: --
Signatures: Governor: Lord Polwarth, Treasurer and General manager: Mr. J. Letham
Serie: Scotland
Specimen of: 17.07.1968
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 135 x 67
Printer: G. Waterston & Sons Limited, Edinburgh (Scotland)

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1 Pound Sterling 1969



watermarkRepeated Thistle Onopordum acanthium.


1 Pound Sterling 1969

coat of armsThe coat of arms of the Bank of Scotland.

BANK OF SCOTLAND, Governor and Company of.

"Azur a Sanct Andrew's cross argent betwixt four bezants. On a suteable helmet mantled

azur, doubling argent and wreath of their colours is sett for their crest a Cornu-copia diffuseing money or, supported by two women, she on the dexter representing Abundance holding in her hand a Cornu-copia as the former, and that on the sinister representing Justice and holding in her hand a balance. The Motto in Escroll above, "Tanto uberior".

Devise ("under which their notesdo circulat") being "Scotia", represented by a Lady holding in her right hand a Cornu-copia pouring out money, and in her left a thistle with these words over it, "Tanto uberior".

[Granted ist March 1701, and recorded in Lyon Register 20th February 1849. The supporters are habited in green over a white underskirt].

Denominations in numerals are in lower left and top right corners. Centered in words.


1 Pound Sterling 1969

In center is the saltire cross and gold bezants on the shield, which form part of Bank of Scotland's coat of arms, granted in 1701. Around the shield are the thistle Onopordum acanthium.

Onopordum acanthiumOnopordum acanthium (cotton thistle, Scotch thistle), which for more then 500 years already is a national emblem and symbol of Scotland.

It is a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae. Native to Europe and Western Asia from the Iberian Peninsula east to Kazakhstan, and north to central Scandinavia, and widely naturalised elsewhere. It's a vigorous biennial plant with coarse, spiny leaves and conspicuous spiny-winged stems.

In general, some of the species of thistle is a true historic Scottish thistle, can not always determine even Scottish antiquarians as not necessarily that Scotland is home Onopordon Acanthium.

There is a strong opinion, that it is this kind of thistle was originally the emblem of the House of Stuart, and has become a national symbol, most likely thanks to an impressive appearance. Some experts call the candidate for a likely candidate other species, native of Scotland, for example Cirsium vulgare.

On left side is a ship in full sail, taken from the Union Bank of Scotland's coat of arms. Originally the motif of the Ship Bank, which Glasgow-based institution subsequently merged with the Union Bank of Scotland. This latter was then absorbed by Bank of Scotland in 1955.

Denominations in numerals are in lower corners.