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The Bank of Ireland
Series C 1815

Revised design with surrounding border, vignette of Hibernia modernised



A new series, with major design revisions

Series C introduced a new more robust design, with an ornate surrounding border on denominations up to £10. Denominations up to £50 have been recorded.


Series C. [1816-1862] Hibernia. Single and paired-branch Issue

Banknote size varies slightly by denomination and Type. Uniface. All notes were hand signed Head Office DUBLIN.
Watermark: up to ca1819, elaborate design covering most of the area of each banknote. Ca1820 onwards, simpler watermark featuring bank’s name only. Other denominations of this Series likely existed. Currently no data is available on them. Most surviving banknotes are contemporary forgeries, which are themselves generally scarce. Some later banknotes appear with one or two branches listed on them in addition to Dublin. This is equivalent to the single branch issues of other banks, payable at the head office in Dublin as well as at the issuing branch.

Five Types by design variation

There are five Types for Series C banknotes based on variations in the design of the notes. These Types divide into several distinct variations, as listed below.

Type A
Bank of Ireland, One Guinea, 1816Bank of Ireland, One Guinea, 1819
Bank of Ireland, One Pound, 1824


Type B
Bank of Ireland, 50 Pounds, 1827

Type C


Type D


Type E
Bank of Ireland, 30 Shillings, 1834


Five Types

Type A1. Single Hibernia vignette on left side of banknote. "No." plus five digit serial number.
All banknotes “payable to Nathl Low or bearer.” Denominations recorded: 1 Guinea, £1, 30 Shillings, £2, £5, £10.
Type A2. ca.1821 Design modified on 1 Guinea and £5 notes.

Type B. ca1825 Twin Hibernia vignettes, one on each side of banknote. All banknotes "payable to the bearer.”
Bank’s name in Gothic Typeface on bottom of notes. No serial prefix letters, 6 digit number.
Denominations recorded: £1, 30 Shillings, £5, £10, £20, £50.
Value stated in “Pounds British” on each banknote reflecting the abolition of the Irish Pound and the creation of a parity link with the British Pound in January 1826.

Type C. ca1830 “British” discontinued. Centre of banknotes redesigned to accomodate space for the addition of branch names in addition to Dublin.
Denominations recorded: £1, 30 Shillings, £5, £50.
Type B1. 1 Branch listed on some notes in addition to Dublin. Various branches.
Type B2. 2 Branches listed in addition to Dublin.

Type D. ca1833 Bank title in gothic script on top of notes. Prefix letters introduced, letter over letter plus five digit number.
Denominations recorded: £1, 30 Shillings, £5, £50.
Design slightly modified with the addition of a shaded background strip under the date and serial numbers. Branches added on some banknotes.
Denomination in large letters on bottom of each banknote.
Type D1. 1 Branch listed on some notes in addition to Dublin. Various branches.

Type E. ca1834 Addition of denomination in large letters on bottom of each banknote, all other design features as before.
Denominations recorded: £1, 30 Shillings.
Type E1. 1 Branch listed on some notes in addition to Dublin. Various branches.





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