Scottish £1 banknote sells for record £9k

A 173-year-old £1 note has set a record for the highest sale of a Scottish banknote, auctioning for a staggering £9,000.

Made by the North of Scotland Banking Company and dated 1836, the note was sold at an auction held by Clydesdale bank at their HQ in Glasgow, UK.

The auction of collectible new World Heritage banknotes and other historical notes raised a total of £112,830.

Other numismatic highlights included the serial number 000001 from the Clydesdale'snew World Heritage banknote family, which was met with clamorous bidding and sold for £6,000.

Elsewhere, a sheet of 35 100 specimen notes (not in useable currency) sold for £3,400.

The sale was attended by 100-plus bidders and collectors, and the proceeds used to help more than 70 charities across the country.

"Setting a world record for a £1 note and raising £112,830 for charities in a couple of hours in fantastic," said Clydesdale chief executive Lynne Peacock.

"The rarity of issuing new banknote designs and the unique collection of historic notes being auctioned clearly captivated global interest and showed how collectible these notes are."

Meanwhile, Clydesdale has issued five new banknotes celebrating famous Scots.

The World Heritage banknote family was unveiled by the First Minister at Edinburgh Castle on 14 January 2009. It includes:

  • £5 featuring Sir Alexander Fleming, discoverer of penicillin, on the front and St Kilda on the reverse
  • £10 featuring legendary Scottish poet Robert Burns on the front and The Old & New Towns of Edinburgh on the reverse
  • £20 featuring Robert the Bruce on the front and New Lanark on the reverse
  • £50 featuring Elsie Inglis, a suffragette and surgeon, on the front and the Antonine Wall on the reverse
  • £100 featuring Charles Rennie Mackintosh, architect and designer, on the front and the Heart of Neolithic Orkney on the reverse

In other Robert Burns news, Paul Fraser Collectibles is offering a once in a lifetime opportunity to own another rare piece of Robert Burns memorabilia.

The famous "Burns Bible" was taken by the Scottish poet to the Brow Well mineral spring, in 1796, 4 days prior to his death.

For more information about this opportunity to own the book once owned by Scotland's most famous writer,please contact Adrian Roose at or telephone  +44 (0) 117 933 9503  +44 (0) 117 933 9503


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