WhiteHatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 9505 times:
British currency is issued by certain banks which hold warrants to do so.
In England and Wales it's the Bank of England, in Scotland there are (I think) three banks who can also do it (HBoS, RBS and Clydesdale). They do not issue coins.
Northern Ireland also issues its own currency in a similar fashion. Strictly speaking the notes from all 3 nations are acceptable tender anywhere in the UK although there are occasionally problems with retailers.
Asian shopkeepers in particular don't like taking Scottish notes!
Wales does not participate as English-Welsh currency is totally integrated. The Isle of Man also issues some currency of its own.
DL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11454 posts, RR: 73
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 9497 times:
Yeah.....I used Scottish pound notes to buy stuff in Portsmouth once and the fishmonger asked me which country these were from. I said Scotland and he got mad and asked me whether I had any real money! I pointed out that at least I wasn't trying to pass of French Francs and he laughed and gave me my fish and chips.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13620 posts, RR: 17
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 9486 times:
How about these ideas instead of an American Golfer:
- A Scottish golfer, an early British Open winner.
- As suggested above, A.G. Bell or the writer Burns or of leaders of early attemps of Scottish independence, and so on.
- Perhaps to placate Gkirk and his irk, a picture of the Scottish flag
- Pictures of sheep on the note, as they outnumber the human population and would recognize the special connection (not that kind) of sheep and the Scots.
- How about a picture of a Scots Wiskey distillary or distilling equipment. That would be something distinctive of Scotland.
- A picture of a major place of scenery of Scotland (Loch Ness or some other Loch/lake or a major Glen leading to the sea, scenes of the Northern Highlands and so on.
I have been fortunate to visit and travel in Scotland twice in 1986 and 1993, enjoying the scenery and fine people. I am aware of the distain by small shopkeepers of accepting Scottish notes, even just below the border of Scotland.
Scotty From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 1999, 1875 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 9437 times:
Exactly. And do we fall for it? Of course.. Get off yer knees Scotland
Regarding the Nicklaus £5 note, its only commemorative I suspect - it will be legal tender but will be a limited run. Like when the 1992 European Summit was held in Edinburgh, there was a commemorative £1 produced, of which I still have two. Any bids?
Maybe we should have a G8 commemorative fiver also - with Blair's head on a pole on one side and the smoking remains of the Gleneagles Hotel on the other.
Skidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 54
Reply 18, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 9437 times:
At least you can use Scottish money in England (albeit with difficulty!). We also have our own money here on the Isle of Man and apart from a few shops in Liverpool and Manchester, no-one in UK will accept it. Especially the one pound notes!
Mind you, as we aren't actually part of the UK, and Scotland is, then thats probably a good enough reason.