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Series E 1929


Northern Bank 1929 Northern Ireland Overprints on Series B and Series D notes



A full range of denominations

Unlike other banks, £20, £50, and £100 notes of the Northern from this era have survived to the present due to their being overprinted for issue in Northern Ireland in 1929. The overprints allowed examples of these denominations to remain in general circulation up to the 1970s and beyond.

The Northern bank seems to have had a lot of unissued banknotes on hand when the 1920 Act became law, and again in 1929 when Irish independence lead to the partition of the Irish currency and the creation of the Northern Ireland issue for all the existing note issuing banks. This surplus of stock was reflected in the relatively large number of unissued banknotes from its earlier series being overprinted for use in Northern Ireland. Multibranch £10, £50, and £100 notes of Series B, alongside £5, £10, and £20 notes of Series D were those overprinted for use in Northern Ireland.

The overprint in dark blue ink was extensive, as the bank changed its name at the time, which is reflected in the text of the overprint. Thus, the text ‘NORTHERN BANK LTD’ or ‘NORTHERN BANK LIMITED’, and ‘Formerly’ is overprinted above ‘The Northern Banking Company Limited’ on the top of each note, with the word ‘BELFAST’ added on the bottom panel. The overprint does not amend the date or serial number of any of the notes. Although these banknotes all bear dates prior to 6.5.29, none of the notes of the overprinted issue entered circulation before this date.


Series E 1929. Overprints on £5, £10, £20, £50, £100

There are two Types for Series E: Type A, overprints on multibranch notes; and Type B overprints on notes without branches, as follows.
Type A: £10 (1920), £50 (1914, 1918), £100 (1919).
Type B: £5 (1927), £10, £20 (1921).





Signature varieties

There are several signature varieties for some of the denominations of the Northern Bank 1929 Overprinted Northern Ireland Issue.





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