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£50 Royal Bank of Scotland 'Gogarburn' 2005 (UNC) RBS00677 - Superb

£50 Royal Bank of Scotland 'Gogarburn' 2005 (UNC) RBS00677 - Superb

This is a wonderful and rare Scottish note. The Royal Bank of Scotland opened its new Head Office at Gogarburn, Edinburgh, in 2005. The occasion was marked by the Queen who 'cut the ribbon' on the official opening event. This £50 note had a print run of only 20,000 with most of the notes going to RBS employees and dignitaries. This note has a very low serial number and is rare as thus. It is in UNC grade and a wonderful addition to the Scottish collection. The banknote's rarity and grade is reflected in the price. What a wonderful Scottish Banknote, a gem and something quite special.

Tha an nota-banca seo airson na h-Albannaich os cionn a h-uile càil. Tha e gu math tearc agus mar sin na leig seachad e. An Alba gu brath!

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British banknotes, paper money, has a long history dating back to 1695, the year after the founding of the Bank of England. Over the centuries, banknotes have developed in face value even though for most people until 1914, banknotes were rarely seen or used.

It was after the outbreak of WW1 banknotes were produced with lower values, 10/- and £1. These are ‘Treasury Notes’, signed by the Chief Cashier of the Bank of England, John Bradbury. ‘Bradburys’ and ‘Warren Fisher’ notes are very collectible. Some notes are rare and of great value. Collectors of British banknotes are attracted by their design, rarity, currency history and can be seen as an investment.

For most, it is a hobby focussing upon a particular aspect such as Treasury Notes, White £5s, Replacement notes, Experimental notes, Errors, Low serial numbers, Debdens, First and Last runs. Amongst the British and World banknotes on offer here, I hope you will find banknotes to enhance your collection. Have a look at the Provincial Notes (English) on offer.

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I have catalogued my collection on to a spreadsheet. My daughter has opened to me the vista of Excel which has helped to collate the notes into some order. I have found notes I had thought had ‘disappeared’ so this has been an added bonus.