Published on Tuesday 22 May 2012 16:50
A commemorative £10 banknote to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and her connections with Scotland has been launched.
The note depicts images of the Queen over her lifetime, including a picture of her at Balmoral, an official photograph taken in the 1940s, an image of her attending the Mass for the Order of the Thistle, and one taken at Epsom Racecourse in 2008.
The note, launched by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and approved by the Queen, is available in branches in Scotland as well as to order for its face value plus postage charges.
Two million of the notes will be issued, with initial supplies already in circulation, to celebrate the Queen's 60-year reign.
RBS chairman Sir Philip Hampton said: "RBS has a long connection with royalty and a tradition of issuing notes to commemorate royal celebrations.
"We felt that this was the most fitting way to honour the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and her long reign as monarch."
The launch marks the first £10 commemorative note to be issued by RBS and is the third in the bank's specially-issued note series, which also includes a £20 note for the Queen Mother's 100th birthday and a £5 note for the Queen's Golden Jubilee.
Some of the new notes, and other rare RBS banknotes, will be sold at a charity auction later in the year, with the proceeds going to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Charity Trust.
Notes with special serial numbers have been donated to the Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT), Oxfam, National Museum of Scotland, Scottish Rugby Union, Scottish Golf Union and the STV Children's Appeal.
RBS said it was the first bank to include a portrait of the monarch on its note in 1727, something which was not done by the Bank of England until the 20th century.
Scans courtesy Claudio Marana