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The Bank of Ireland

Series G General Issue 1920–1921

Branch listings removed from banknotes. Two Types by signature variation



Branch listings removed from Bank of Ireland notes, 1920

The Bank Notes (Ireland) Act 1920 which repealed an 1828 Act requiring a bank to list the branch of issue on its notes caused the Bank of Ireland to redesign its notes by removing the listing of its branches from the notes resulting in Series G. The requirement to state the branch of payment on a note had lead to all the branches being stated on every note. Banknotes of Series G are similar to those of Series F, except with bank branch names omitted. Apart from the omission of the list of branches, the date and serial number group was moved down on all denominations to fill the space left by the discontinuation of the branch listings, and on £1 notes the position of Dublin relative to the date was moved up.

Other than the two signature varieties, Fleming and Hinton, there are no recorded alterations within the Series. Prefixes and serial numbers are continued from Series F, and the bank likely regarded Series G as a continuation of Series F.


Two Types

There are two signature variations, A.G. Fleming (Type A , 1920); and S. Hinton (Type B, 1921), making two basic Types, A and B. Series G £1 notes are scarcer than those of Series F. £5 notes are scarce. £10 notes are very rare, with just one note recorded to date. Prefixes and serial numbers are continued from Series F.






One Pound notes by date

There are 143 dates for the reduced size £1 note, spread across the two varieties of Series F and two varieties of Series G. An example of each date, where available, is presented in the Bank of Ireland reduced size £1 date listing. Ultimately, the aim is to record an image of every date.


Two factors influenced the issues of Bank of Ireland in the period from 1918 through to 1921. First, the bank’s own process of modernising and altering its banknote issues (commencing in 1918, producing Series F), and second, shortly after Series F banknotes entered circulation, the The Bank Notes (Ireland) Act 1920 removed the requirement of banks to make payment on their notes at the branch of issue, stated on the note, as well as at the head office. The requirement to state the branch of payment on a note had lead to all the branches being stated on every note. The 1920 Act lead to the removal of branch listings on the notes (producing Series G for the Bank of Ireland issues, which the bank appears to not have considered a new issue).





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