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The Bank of Ireland
Series B 1791 Bearer Issues

Banknotes payable to a single named person, or bearer



Many of the surviving notes are contemporary forgeries. Few genuine issued notes are available to collectors. One Guinea was an English gold coin with a face value of One Pound and One Shilling, its equivalent in Irish currency prior to the 1826 monetary union was One Pound, Two Shillings and Nine Pence, which is stated on banknotes of that denomination.


Series B. Bearer Issue, Dublin. [1791-1818]

Banknotes payable to a single named person or the bearer. Banknote size varies by denomination. Uniface. Payable in DUBLIN. At this stage of its existence the bank operated in Dublin only. An elaborate watermark design covers most of the area of each banknote. Exact date, serial numbers, payee and signature added by hand. Known denominations are listed.

Three Types by design variation

Type A. 1791 Scrolling design on left side of banknote. Green and red seal on left side.
Payable to I. Carr or bearer.

Type B. 1798-1809 New design of banknote. Prefix plus 4 digit serial number, handwritten.
Payable to J. Lee (handwritten) or bearer.

Type C. ca.1812 Banknote designs slightly modified. Payee’s name now printed. New design of Hibernia crest.
Payable to Nathl. Low (printed) or bearer.


Type A. One Guinea note
bank of ireland one guinea 1791

Type B. One Guinea, and One Guinea and A Half notes
bank of ireland one guinea 1803bank of ireland one guinea and a half 1803

Type C. Five Pound, and One Pound notes
Bank of Ireland Five Pounds 1815Bank of Ireland One Pound 1812





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