A new set of banknotes promoting some of Scotland's best-known figures and places will be released to coincide with the Homecoming celebrations, it was announced yesterday.
A new £10 note featuring Robert Burns will be produced by the Clydesdale Bank during the year-long programme of celebrations marking his 250th "birthday".
Robert the Bruce, Sir Alexander Fleming, the inventor of penicillin, architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh and celebrated suffragette Elsie Inglis are the other figures to feature on the notes – the first new set to be produced by the bank for more than 20 years.
The reverse of the new £5, £10, £20, £50 and £100 notes will also feature Scotland's five world heritage sites – St Kilda, the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh, New Lanark, the Antonine Wall and Neolithic Orkney.
The move by the Clydesdale Bank comes less than a year after a deal was brokered between Scotland's banks, the Treasury and the Bank of England to secure the future of Scotland's distinctive notes.
The Bank of Scotland became the first to issue notes north of the Border when it was founded in July 1695. The growth of trade was severely hampered by the shortage of Scots coinage and merchants seeking a more convenient way of settling accounts were among the strongest supporters of an alternative.
The Clydesdale is currently the biggest issuer of banknotes in Scotland with a history of printing notes dating back to 1838. Around £1.1 billion worth of the bank's notes are now in circulation in any given week.
David Thorburn, the bank's chief operating officer, said: "The new banknote family showcases the best of Scotland – its people and its heritage."
To read the complete article, see: Noteworthy Scots people and places unveiled to celebrate Homecoming (http://news.scotsman.com/latestnews/Noteworthy-Scots-people-and-places.4877992.jp)
For images of the new notes, see: Banknote designs mark Homecoming (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/7828939.stm)
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