New Scottish banknotes - Stuart Rost, designer
There's nothing quite like getting a bundle of Rutherfords as payment for a job well done; it's not gold, but it does at least offer superb aesthetic value.
So with a Rutherford judged as 'very cool,' these new Royal Bank of Scotland notes have to be judged as very cool indeed.
They combine two of my favourite things: bridges and money. Kerry Rodgers explains their significance [hat tip Building Today magazine]:
It was no mere script writer's fancy that Captain James T. Kirk's chief engineer on the USS Enterprise spoke with a phony Scottish burr. The Scots have long enjoyed reputations as serious engineers, whether of a mechanical or civil bent.
... just one reason places like NZ's West Coast still have some mouldering engineering marvels from the nineteenth century still extant...
And it is highly appropriate that the backs of an entire new note issue from the Bank of Scotland pays homage to some of the more notable engineering achievements of the Land of the Mountain and the Flood.
Read all of Rodgers article for a description of all the the fine engineering works depicted.