#CWShowAndTell: Golden Bear, Paper Money

#CWShowAndTell: Golden Bear, Paper Money


Hello. I’m Jeff Starck, senior editor of world coins
here at Coin World, and welcome back to the Coin World library. Today I want to talk about golfer Jack Nicklaus,
who’s one of the most successful and influential athletes of the 20th century in all of sports. Therefore, it seems awful fitting that Nicklaus
would have been chosen to receive an honor like no other, that of being displayed on
a five-pound note from the Royal Bank of Scotland. The Golden Bear is honored on 2 million examples
of this five-pound note, which were issued in 2005 to coincide with his final appearance
at the British Open. The 2005 Open was moved to St. Andrews, the
birthplace of golf in Scotland, a year ahead of schedule to accommodate the retiring Nicklaus. And of course the Old Course at the Royal
and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews — the official name of the birthplace of golf. So there is a connection to Scotland. Why would Nicklaus be on a note from Scotland? Well, because golf finds its home there. In doing so, Nicklaus becomes the first living,
non-Royal person to appear on a Scottish note. You see in the design two different images,
one of him teeing off there in the 1978 Open, and another holding the Claret Jug, the victory
for that 1978 Open, which was held there at St. Andrews in Scotland. The Royal Bank of Scotland is one of three
banks left with the authority in Scotland to issue its own banknotes, and the Royal
Bank has issued its own notes since 1727. My two brothers are avid golfers, so when
the note came out I decided to order three of them and each of the brothers got one,
and this is now a part of my collection. The notes are a sure-fire hit golfers around
the globe.

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