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I was baffled at the results of a survey (your report, 1 June) seeking suggestions for designs for the front (not back) of potential Scottish Treasury banknotes in a potential new independent state and currency, with Nessie topping the poll.

Surely the portrait of the monarch, as Queen of Scots, is the only appropriate choice, to give paper currency the same gravitas as coinage.

She represents not only the state and its Treasury but a political tradition and line of succession extending 1,700 years, second to almost no other nation in history. Is that not something to take immense pride in, even to cash in on?

James Robertson

Canongate

Edinburgh