On 9 May 2022, the Bank of Scotland, one of the three issuers of Scottish banknotes, will put into circulation a new £100 banknote featuring Dr. Flora Murray, a Scottish WW1-era medical pioneer and suffragette. It is the newest and last in the Bridges series of polymer banknotes, which reflect the global trend of featuring famous females on banknotes, thus moving toward visible gender equality in currency. Last year the Royal Bank of Scotland introduced a £50 note featuring Flora Stevenson, a Victorian era advocate for education. The note is part of a Royal Bank of Scotland series of polymer banknotes celebrating influential women in Scotland’s history.
Details of the design and security features
The new £100 banknote is made of polymer and measures 163 x 90mm. The primary colour scheme is blue.
The front side of the note features:
- A prominent portrait of Sir Walter Scott.
- Images of a thistle, bank crest, and the Bank of Scotland’s headquarters building on The Mound in Edinburgh. The windows in the building are transparent.
- A large transparent window along the full height of the note that features a Kinegram Colors® foil stripe, located in the middle. The stripe contains kinegraphic representations of the Bank of Scotland building and a portrait of Dr. Flora Murray (3D, multiple colours). The kinegram is visible on both sides of the note.
- Five groups of four embossed dots (at the far left) for the benefit of the visually impaired.
The back side of the note features:
- A prominent portrait of Dr. Flora Murray.
- Images of female stretcher bearers and soldier with truck outside Covent Garden hospital; the Bank of Scotland’s headquarters building (with transparent windows); Flora Murray writing at desk; and a thistle.
- A large transparent window along the full height of the note which features a Kinegram Colors® foil stripe, located in the middle. The stripe contains kinegraphic representations of the Bank of Scotland building and a portrait of Dr. Flora Murray (3D, multiple colours). The kinegram is visible on both sides of the note.
- Simulated (printed) segmented security thread with ONE HUNDRED in microtext.
All three issuers of Scottish banknotes—Bank of Scotland, Clydesdale Bank and the Royal Bank of Scotland—will withdraw their paper £20 and £50 banknotes on 1 October 2022, the same date that the Bank of England withdraws theirs.
To learn more about the new banknote, watch the video below.
The Association of Commercial Banknote Issuers
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