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New modern Irish Free State design printed on both sides
The Bank of Ireland’s series of 1922 was arguably the first modern Irish banknote series. It was the first major change of the bank’s core banknote design since 1838, and the first time that bankotes of Bank of Ireland were printed on both sides. This series was also to be the last all Ireland issue of the bank. The development and initial issues of the new Series H resulted in several very rare banknotes early in the series.
There are two signature variations for Series H banknotes, giving two basic TypesA and Bdefined by signature: S. Hinton (TypeA, 1922-1923), and J. A. Gargan (Type B, 1923-1928). These two Types divide into four distinct variations of £1 notes and £5 notestwo for each Type, and three recorded distinct variations of £10 notes, as listed below.
Bank of Ireland Series H. [1922-1928] General Issue. Banknotes by Type
New design. Small sized modern banknotes printed on both sides. Head Office DUBLIN. Banknote sizes increase with denomination. £20, £50, £100 notes are of uniform size. Banknote sizes vary within a denomination by a few millimeters. All notes bear the water mark “Bank of Ireland”.
BH2. £5 notes [1922-1928] Prefix starts anew at R/10. 175 x 95 mm approx.
BH3. £10 notes [1923-1925] Prefix U continues from Series G. 195 x 105 mm approx.
BH4. £20 notes  Specimen Prefix P only. 205 x 108 mm approx.
BH5. £50 notes  SPECIMEN No issued notes known. 205 x 108 mm approx.
BH6. £100 notes  SPECIMEN No issued notes known. 205 x 108 mm approx.
Banknotes by date
Almost all the dates have been recorded for Series H: £1 Notes, 14 dates; £5 Notes, 18 dates; £10 Notes, 3 dates. There are three £5 note dates that have not yet been recorded. It is likely that all of the other issued notes have been recorded. Examples of all the recorded dates for Series H can be viewed in the Series H date listing 1922-1928.
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