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.

  • 20 shilling note, 1727

    20 shilling note, 1727 This note is from the Royal Bank of Scotland's very first set of banknotes, printed in 1727.
  • Counterfeit £1 note, 1810

    Counterfeit £1 note, 1810 A fake version of one of the first notes of Commercial Bank of Scotland, established in 1810.
  • One guinea note, 1792

    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.
  • Unissued specimen £1 note, 1893

    Unissued specimen £1 note of National Bank of Scotland, 1893 This note is from a particularly fine series first issued by National Bank of Scotland in 1893.
  • £1 note, 1827

    £1 note of The Royal Bank of Scotland, 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.
  • £1 note, 1914

    £1 RBS 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.
  • £10 note 'interim series', 1969

    £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.
  • £5 note, 1966

    £5 RBS note, 1966 The new design introduced in 1966 was a major departure.