Did you know..

that Scotland has its own currency?

I had no idea until some time back. Even when we visited Scotland in 2007, I was totally oblivious to it, because English currency is accepted in Scotland. Isn’t it funny that United Kingdom, despite being such a tiny country,  actually comprises of 4 countries – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. These countries even have their own sporting teams and there is a fierce competition between them. And Scotland has its own currency, which is essentially of the same value as pound sterling, with just a different design.

Are you wondering, why I am on about this? Well, I managed to get hold of Scottish currency for the first time so had to share it. Here is how it looks.

Interesting, isn’t it how even a small country like UK manages to ensure that it’s constituent countries hang on to their identities and diversities. Don’t you think celebrating diversity is far more likely to keep a country together than suppressing diversity?

On another (totally different)  note, here are those turtles from the previous post. Please do not throw things on me – this is what my daughter imagines turtles should look like 🙂 And for those who might not be aware, I update Poohi’s antics in a diary form here.

43 thoughts on “Did you know..

  1. Ohhh there is a country named Scotland???? Didnt know that either !! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

    LOL!!! I did not too until a few years back 🙂

    The blue turtle is the good one and the other one evil, huh ? 😉

    The big one is the mummy turtle and the small one the baby – but your observation might be valid too 😉

  2. Poohi kutty’s turtles are one of it’s kind…out of this world I say 😀 muahh to the little princess from a little bigger princess

    Little bigger ? You are her Sexy aunty 🙂

  3. Really? A different currency? Definitely did not know that. Thanks for the trivia.

    And the turtles are so cute… I like. A boring brown is not for kids!!

    Boring brown? All the colours get so mixed up that it all looks like monsters to me 🙂 Today she made an alien at school today – I wonder what that looks like, these turtles look pretty much like aliens to me 🙂

  4. Never bothered to konw that.. lol 😛 😛 but those turtles look cute.. its like that pop thing.. gee.. and hriday’s paintings are just like taht !!!!! lol 😀 😀 😀

    I remember that painting of Hriday’s. It was really imaginative 🙂 I really like the way they think 🙂

    God bless the kids !
    Amen 🙂

  5. I knew since I collect currency notes and coins…

    Wow! I started once long back but lost interest midway.

    2 banks print currency notes in Hong Kong – HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank…So, you have 2 designs for all denominations…Weird, isn’t it?

    Wow! Two designs for every denomination! It is weird.

    The turtles are really cute!
    Me: 🙂

  6. Hi, Smitha, i am a newbie over here, I have a slightly different viewpoint on this…

    Welcome here.

    First UK is the country and England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are its provinces. Gordon Brown is the common PM, the parliament is same and Queen of England is the common head of state. With respect to the sporting teams, I think it is more like IPL.

    Yes, but as Bones explains below, they are still called countries. They still have different sports teams – which matter a lot to the people 🙂

    UK and HongKong have a weird system of currency. In India only the RBI issues bank notes. In UK, 7 banks have the authority to issue bank notes including Bank of England, Bank of Scotland and the one in yr pic the Royal bank of Scotland. What i understand is that Pound Sterling is the common currency and there are 7 kinds of banknotes in the UK. Modern Scottish banknotes are denominated in pounds sterling, and are exactly the same value as Bank of England notes; they should not be confused with the former Pound Scots, a separate currency which was abolished in 1707.

    Yes, the value is exactly the same. It is just the difference in design as it is issued by RBS. It is certainly not the former pound Scots.

    By the way, the turtles are nice…
    Thank you

    • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island refers to a union of what were once four countries, so even now, many people refer to them as countries although they are technically not…Although everyone in the UK is British by citizenship, their nationalities are different…

      • Yep, totally agree, people over there tend to have tremendous pride in their origin (Scottish, British and so on)…I brought that in to clarify that UK is an umbrella and that the currency throughout UK is the pound sterling…publishing by a different bank (even though it restricts its use as mentioned) does not technically make it a different currency…

        It is not a different currency in terms of value, but apparently smaller shops in England might still refuse to honour a Scottish note – simply because they are not sure. However pound sterling is the accepted all over the UK. And I came across it for the first time after living here for 5.5 years.

  7. This is good info Smitha. I like the point about preserving diversity. Having Euro kind of beats that purpose then.

    I think the Euro serves some other purposes 🙂

    Those turtles are super nice…
    Thank you 🙂

  8. Didn’t know this! and thank you for telling us as well 🙂
    Poohi’s turtles are cute! I love to see how a child imagines certain things… Loved ’em both! 🙂 🙂

    🙂 They look like aliens to me 🙂

  9. Ohh I used to collect lotz of stamps, currency notes et..al in school .. all that wisdom is gone nw as I am getting older 😛 Thanks for sharing Smithu 🙂

    You did? I started once but gave up – lazy me 🙂

    Poohikutty’s turtles r awesome 🙂 If they cud get life like the frog, I think even the turtles wud love it 😛

    Oh yeah – turtles running around the house – that’s all I need 🙂

  10. Thanks for the info !!! Celebrating diversity is gud, as long as ppl dont start suppressing others celebrations !!!

    I agree! It has to be respecting everybody’s culture and differences.

    Those turtles are so cute !! Ask her to make more stuff and colour them !!! And you post them !!! 🙂

    She keeps doing all this 🙂 I have to replenish my paints and crafts supply regularly 🙂

  11. Thank god that we have no relations whatsoever with them turtles!!!
    See, I told you 🙂

    Btw, I like the blue one! 😀

    🙂 That is the baby one 🙂

  12. The blue turtle is the best! Good imagination, Poohi paappaa! They tiny one has got eyes also!

    🙂 They really look like aliens 🙂

    The mat-type tray is nice.

    That is actually a chair 🙂

    My son used to collect coins and currencies. But I have not noticed that Scotland’s currency is different. Thanks for the info.

    I had no idea until recently 🙂

  13. I knew this..had actually read it in Encyclopedia:-)But the currency pic looks nice.

    🙂 I had no idea until recently 🙂

    I love the multi-coloured turtles. Something tells me the turtles might actually warm up to the idea given that their “hide/shell” is such a dull green!!!;-))

    LOL! Maybe we should get some turtles to see these 🙂

  14. My currency G.K. has always been pathetic so it was surprising for me that you were surprised that a country has it’s own currency because I have surprisingly assumed that all countries have their own currencies. Surprising na???

    Lemme run away Before you hit the surprised me..:-P

    What is happening to you, Smita 🙂 Vimmuuu taking over your keyboard 😉

    But but the turtles are looking surprisingly good 😀 the riot of colors that Poohie has created shows her imagination 😀

    Surprisingly good? Don’t they look like alien turtles?

  15. Yup, I got to know from the Life in UK test 🙂 he he he, but I find it very silly for the UK Govt. to have so much diversity in basic things such as currency and schooling..I mean, can they not standardise things?

    Me too 🙂 As for it being silly – it is still better than the countless agitations we have meaninglessly. If all that can be reduced by respecting differences, I would much prefer that, don’t you think?

  16. I had no clue about the currencies being different for Scotland 😀
    Thanks for sharing Smitha 🙂

    I just found it fascinating 🙂

    I guess Poohi’s love for colors reflects well in those colorful turtles. Had I tried me hand at creating something similar, trust me the results would have been very similar too 🙂

    LOL! She just paints on whatever colour that pleases her 🙂

    Great artwork Poohi 😀
    Thank you, on her behalf 🙂


  17. Very creative- the turtles, not the countries! Just imagine what the world would look like if children had the power to design it!

    The world might be a better place to live in, if children had the power to design it 🙂

  18. I Have always thought that scotland as a separate country as i watch sports mostly 🙂 🙂 thats a new info…

    You knew the reverse huh 🙂

    But i cant support UK as they Have colonised half the world against people’s wish…

    I don’t support them or anything – but I do think that it is quite interesting how a tiny island nation conquered the while world.

    And in turtles… Cute poohi turns crea
    tive poohi… They are so superb…
    Hugs n kisses to her 🙂 🙂

    Passed on 🙂

  19. I didn’t know it Smitha…. Really impressive that they maintain different currencies in those four countries…

    and, poohi has got nice imagination!! 😀 😀 the turtles are looking different! 🙂

  20. ok..i did not know that…..always thought whole of UK to have the same currency. yay…more knowledgeble now :)…and Pooh’s turtles do look like turtles….just a little jagged 😀

    Me: 🙂 More like alien turtles, don’t you think.

  21. Yeah I had read it somewhere but never seen the currency till now. Thanks for sharing :-)!!!!

    Me: 🙂

    Poohi’s turtles can be masterpieces. U never know….when she grows big and becomes a famous artist, people will be willing to spend unspeakable amounts to get her early exhibits 😮
    So get a glass display & keep them safe!!!!!

    Yeah yeah – husband is already trying to get me throw away everything 🙂 I hoard all her drawings and paintings which is now getting difficult to hide away 🙂

  22. I think celebrating diversity is the best way to stay together.
    I think so too!

    And before reading your post I thought, “Baby turtles?!” Poohi is creative and artistic. 🙂

    She wanted to make mummy, daddy and baby ones, but we ran out of the clay and I was too lazy to make some more 🙂

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