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Legal Tender Notes 1928-1977: Linked Picture Galleries

1 Pound Lavery 1939
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Lady Lavery Notes: Reverse designs

For the reverse of the Legal Tender Notes, Harrison used designs based on a selection from a series of fourteen stone sculptured masks representing the Atlantic Ocean and thirteen rivers of Ireland. The River Masks were sculpted in the eighteenth century by Edward Smith and adorn the facade of the Custom House, Dublin, one of Ireland’s most attractive buildings. The Custom House itself is the central feature on the reverse of the Consolidated £1 Ploughman note.

For the first four denominations, Ten Shillings through to Ten Pounds, the smile on the faces of the River Gods broadens with ascending value. This may or may not be intentional. From the Twenty Pound note upwards however, the faces maintain a more serious disposition.

The following River Masks were selected for the reverse of the banknotes
10 Shillings:
River Blackwater, wearing a headdress of a basket of apples on a carpet of fish.
£1: River Lee.
£5: River Lagan.
£10: River Ban, wearing a linen turban and river pearls.
£20: River Boyne. This one is interesting in that while the original mask on the Custom House appears with the date 1690 on its turban, commemorative of the Battle of the Boyne, this date is omitted on the banknote version.
£50: River Shannon.
£100: River Erne, displaying its eel fisheries on its headdress.

Central Bank of Ireland A Series Lavery banknotes: Dimensions in millimetres

Note: the dimensions tended to vary by several millimetres, depending on the cut. On some earlier notes, the cut has been seen quite off-square.

10 shilling Note, 138 x 78;
£1 Note, 151 x 84; £5 Note, 165 x 92 mm;

£10 Note, 191 x 108 mm; £20 Note, 203 x 114 mm;

£50 Note, 203 x 114 mm; £100 Note, 203 x 114 mm. • Version 2.1.1 • Last update • COPYRIGHT ©2000, 2009, 2015 M Mac Devitt. Reproduction with citation permitted.