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Currency Commission Ireland 1929–1941

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Original allocation of Irish Ploughman notes per bank

The figures for the amount allocated to each of the Associated Banks were as follows:

The Bank of Ireland Ltd. £1,760,000
The Hibernian Bank Ltd. £439,000
The Munster & Leinster Bank Ltd. £852,000
The National Bank Ltd. £1,365,000
The Northern Bank Ltd. £243,000
The Provincial Bank of Ireland Ltd. £649,000
The Royal Bank of Ireland Ltd. £273,000
The Ulster Bank Ltd. £419,000

Total £6,000,000

Relative rarities

Relative rarities of the denominations of the banks with respect to each other. BoI £1 notes are the most common Ploughman notes. This relative rarity indicator is based on the results of the Ploughman Scan Survey 2014 results.


£1: BoI <<< Nat < M&L < (RB) = PBI < HiB < UB << Nor
£5: (Nat) < PBI = [BoI] = M&L < HiB < UB < RB < Nor
£10: [M&L] = PBI = Nat < HiB < UB < RB < BoI << Nor

The Ploughman Scan Survey is a continuous survey the scope of which is to record all the surviving Ploughman notes. Reports on the progress of PSS are posted over on the site forum .

Royal Bank £1 notes and National Bank £5 notes are of equivalent rarity, and Bank of Ireland £5 notes are of equivalent rarity to Munster and Leinster Bank £10 notes.

Bank of Ireland £1 notes are by far the most common notes, accounting for 18% of all Ploughman notes seen, and 29% of all £1 notes recorded. By far the rarest of all Ploughman notes by type is the Northern Bank £10 note.


Below, for comparison are the same relative rarities as determined in 2002




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