The pound sterling is the official currency of the United Kingdom, Jersey, England, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, the British Antarctic Territory, and Tristan da Cunha. The pound was a unit of account in Anglo-Saxon England, and its origins date back to the reign of King Offa of Mercia (757–796). Three Scottish retail banks issue the Scottish pound notes: Bank of Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland, and Clydesdale Bank. The Bank of England oversees the monetary policy of the pound sterling and regulates the amount of money in circulation. Official currency symbol: £/p (pre-decimal).
The 10 Scottish pounds note front design features the portrait of Robert Burns (1759 – 1796), who was a Scottish poet and lyricist regarded the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide, on a background of tartan patterns; an inkwell and a quill, a window with the Edinburgh Castle, a holographic map of Scotland and the Clydesdale Bank logo. The reverse of the note presents a vignette of the Edinburgh Castle located in Edinburg, which is a historic fortress of the city, an illustration of the Scots Monument and tram and Art Galleries (Train, Cathedral, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art), a window with the Edinburgh Castle, a holographic map of Scotland and the Clydesdale Bank logo. This note is part of the Clydesdale Bank 2017, and its color is brown, orange, and green on a multicolor underprint.
Text: £10, Clydesdale Bank, Ten Pounds Sterling, Clydesdale Bank PLC promise to pay the Bearer on demand Ten Pounds Sterling at their office here By order of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive, Glasgow, The Old & New Towns of Edinburgh, Scottish World Heritage Site inscribed 1995, Robert Burns (1759 – 1796).