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Scotland: New Polymer £10 Banknote to Depict Mary Somerville
« on: August 12, 2017, 03:07:06 PM »
RBS to issue polymer £10 banknote in October

11 August 2017
 
The Royal Bank of Scotland is to issue its first polymer £10 note to the public on 4 October.

The new note features images of Scottish mathematician and astronomer Mary Somerville, her hometown of Burntisland in Fife, and two otters.

The material includes a variety of new security features which the bank said makes them "difficult to counterfeit but easy to authenticate".

For the first time, the note includes braille to help the visually impaired.

The bank also announced that the face of its polymer £20 note, which is not expected to enter circulation until 2020, will feature Glasgow philanthropist and entrepreneur Catherine Cranston.

Who is Mary Somerville?

Mary Fairfax Somerville was a mathematician, geographer and astronomer, who was born in 1780 in Jedburgh but her childhood home was at Burntisland in Fife.

Her parents tried to stop her studying because they thought it would kill her. Her sister had died and they thought studying was to blame.

But Mary ploughed on and carried out detailed and highly-accurate studies of the solar system.

She was so accurate that she noticed a wobble in the orbit of Uranus and suggested there could be another planet out there.
She was right. It was the planet Neptune.

Jointly with Caroline Herschel, she became the first female member of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Mary was also a huge advocate of women's rights, votes for women and women in education, which is why the formerly women-only Somerville College, Oxford, was named after her soon after her death in 1872.

Its alumni include former Indian prime minister Indira Ghandi and Margaret Thatcher, among others.

'Public influence'

The new £10 note is 15% smaller than the paper ones currently in circulation. It follows the bank's polymer £5 note, which features Scottish novelist and poet Nan Shepherd, and came into circulation in 2016.

RBS chief executive Ross McEwan said the bank felt that their notes had value beyond the figure printed on them, and were a "symbol which lives in people's pockets and touches everyday lives".

He said: "It has been 30 years since we produced a new £10 note, and we wanted the public to help influence the design. They helped influence our theme of 'fabric of nature' and helped us consider the impact Mary Somerville has had on our understanding of the world in which we live.

"It is fitting that our most advanced note yet will carry her portrait."

A moon diagram taken from Somerville's book Mechanism of the Heavens appears when the note is viewed under UV light.
Words from the Scottish poet Norman MacCaig also feature.

Bank of Scotland also has a polymer £10 note entering circulation, featuring the image of Sir Walter Scott, while Clydesdale Bank's version, featuring Robert Burns, comes out on 21 September.

Source: BBC
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Scotland: New Polymer £10 Banknote to Depict Mary Somerville
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2018, 03:43:07 PM »
The new £20 banknote will feature Kate Cranston.

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Re: Scotland: New Polymer £10 Banknote to Depict Mary Somerville
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2018, 03:59:08 PM »
What's funny is that a) the new banknote is shown by a different fellow than the previous note and b) RBS made a profit for the first time in a decade in 2017. I wonder if there is a connection between a and b. Maybe the new guy's broad smile is explained by the UK government taking a £2.1 billion haircut on RBS only a few months back.

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Re: Scotland: New Polymer £10 Banknote to Depict Mary Somerville
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2018, 06:53:24 AM »
There are two guys needed to hold a note.
The pictures are taken once from each side so that both guys get equal press coverage.😄

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Re: Scotland: New Polymer £10 Banknote to Depict Mary Somerville
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2018, 08:13:14 AM »
It’s interesting that the new notes both contain the word “Sterling”.  Not sure if their current ones do but Bank of England notes don’t.

Scotland would have to amend that if they did go independent and were not able to retain sterling as such (I imagine it would be a pound-at-par currency called pound, similar to Gibraltar, St Helena and the Falklands).

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Re: Scotland: New Polymer £10 Banknote to Depict Mary Somerville
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2018, 11:21:06 AM »
There are two guys needed to hold a note.
The pictures are taken once from each side so that both guys get equal press coverage.

Not so, Pabitra. In both cases, the big note rests on an easel that doesn't need press coverage. ;) It doesn't even need a single human to hold it up, though the fist guy pretends it does. The easel could be the UK government. :)

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Re: Scotland: New Polymer £10 Banknote to Depict Mary Somerville
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2018, 12:20:01 PM »
The easel could be the UK government. :)

You're getting your languages mixed up. You're thinking of Esel  ;)

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Re: Scotland: New Polymer £10 Banknote to Depict Mary Somerville
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2018, 03:57:22 PM »
Really? I wouldn't dare. ;D

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