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Irish Star Replacement Notes
Irish Replacement notes

Irish Star Replacement Notes

Statistically, approximately 0.5% of all banknotes in circulation are replacements. This has been measured by survey both in Ireland and in the US, and probably elsewhere also.

Irish replacement notes are quite scarce relative to those of other countries.
There are two general varieties of replacement notes: those that bear the number of the note they replace (Unmarked Replacements) and those that use a separate prefixing system (Star replacements).

Prior to 1974 an Unmarked replacement note system was used for all series of Irish notes.
In 1974 the Central Bank of Ireland introduced star notes, using a special non-standard prefix, on £1, £5, £10, and £20 notes.

With the introduction of B Series notes in 1976, all denominations used a star note replacement system for replacement of error notes.


The links above lead to pages displaying an example of each Star replacement note prefix used on every denomination of Irish Legal Tender banknotes.

Below is a list of verified prefix ranges for each date used on replacement notes for all three series of Irish Legal Tender Notes.

List of Irish Replacement notes

A Series Banknotes (1974 – 1977)
Two varieties; (i) Single letter prefix (£1, £5, £10, £20) – Banknotes printed by Thomas De La Rue
(ii) Double 0 plus letter prefix (£1, £5 only) – Banknotes printed by The Central Bank of Ireland itself.

ID Nº & TYPE RUNNING NUMBER, DATE, PREFIX AND KNOWN NUMBER BRACKET
Types, Catalogue references and running numbers refer to Irish Banknotes, 1999 and later catalogues.

£1 NOTES
E–084Z Type 11
(255) 17.5.74 S (000001–588863) series probably not completed
E–084Z Type 11
(256) 21.4.75 00A (000001–212941)

E–085Z Type 12
(257) 30.9.76 00A (368193–426475) series most likely not completed

£5 NOTES
E–096Z Type 11
(192) 10.1.75 R (000001 – 147943) series not completed
E–097Z Type 11
(193) 5.9.75 00K (000001 – 060247) series not completed

£10 NOTES
E–107Z Type 11
(135) 10.2.75 T (000001 – 390655)

E–108Z Type 12
(136) 2.12.76 T (418775 – 558892) series not completed

£20 NOTES
E–116Z Type 12
(96) 24. 3.76 V (000001 – 038834) not completed

TYPE 9 £1 notes, 11.3.63 (01X and 02X prefixes) are often referred to as being replacement notes.
They were not printed as such. However, these notes may be said to have been used in a replacement note capacity. They were issued in May 1974, during a shortage of £1 notes, with a pause in Central Bank production operations. Probably 2,000,000 notes issued.


B Series (1976–1993) One variety; Prefix of three letters the same
ID Nº & TYPE RUNNING NUMBER, DATE, PREFIX AND KNOWN NUMBER BRACKET

£1 NOTES
E–136Z 16 6 Dates
4 replacements
(1) 10.06.77 BBB (000001 – 021765)
(2) 27.06.77 BBB (043092 – 050636)
(4) 11.10.77 BBB (077208 – 093085)
(6) 29.11.77 BBB (103245 – 123714)

E–137Z Type 17
23 Dates
12 replacements
3 Base letters
(7) 30.08.78 BBB (166370 – 215788)
(8) 26.09.78 BBB
(11) 18.01.79 BBB (245211 – 284555) BBB not completed, running number transferred to DDD prefix
(13) 11.07.79 DDD (301611 – 330927)
(14) 27.09.79 DDD
(16) 19.11.79 DDD (341700 – 410771)
(17) 13.12.79 DDD (415015 – 470204)
(21) 31.10.80 DDD (506697 – 521991)
(24) 21.05.81 DDD (552174 – 564852) DDD not completed
(26) 09.10.81 GGG (017936 – 052834)
(27) 20.10.81 GGG (067691)
(28) 21.10.81 GGG (082142 – 090969)
Possibly also a replacement note for the last date (29) 30.10.81

E–138Z Type 18
28 dates
12 replacements
2 Base letters
(30) 30.06.82 GGG
(33) 29.09.82 GGG (105164)
(36) 15.04.83 GGG (159205 – 160705)
(37) 04.05.83 GGG (270372 – 296209)
(38) 14.09.83 GGG
(39) 20.02.84 GGG (346502 – 384423)
(42) 10.07.84 GGG (404044 – 444889)
(44) 24.10.84 GGG (457647 – 559417)
(46) 04.03.85 GGG (582034 – 675429)
(48) 09.07.85 GGG (716711 – 725336)
(49) 25.11.85 GGG (748179 – 782296)
(52) 28.04.86 GGG (819410 – 907932)
(57) 22.04.87 GGG (916549 – 988915) GGG most likely completed
(58) 24.04.87 BBB (294740 – 380975) BBB recommences from its last running number in 18.01.79

E–135Z Type 18
13 Dates
4 replacements
(59) 23.03.86 BBB (394537 – 498605)
(62) 10.10.88 BBB (513259 – 621255)
(63) 09.01.89 BBB (628261 – 740396)
(66) 12.04.89 BBB (752727 – 876767)

£5 NOTES
E–140Z Type 15
1 Date
1 replacement
(1) 26.02.76 AAA (000001 – 032040)

E–141Z Type 16
5 Dates
2 replacements
(2) 18.05.76 AAA (064002 – 087767)
(4) 26.10.76 AAA (141773 – 145482)

E–142Z Type 17
9 Dates
4 replacements
(7) 25.04.79 AAA (207405 – 249876)
(8) 10.05.79 AAA (260925 – 300472)
(9) 05.06.79 AAA (330165 – 403020)
(10) 11.07.80 AAA (447922 – 527544)
Possibly another replacement date in the (11) 12.01.81–(15) 29.10.81 region

E–143Z Type 18
7 Dates
5 replacements
(16) 07.10.83 AAA (589155 – 620933)
(17) 09.11.83 AAA (627484 – 653408)
(18) 25.01.84 AAA (686456 – 739293)
(19) 18.10.85 AAA (759168 – 806076)
Possibly replacement notes for (20) 21.10.86 or (21) 16.04.87
(22) 22.04.87 AAA (849006 – 901663)

E–144Z Type 19
13 Dates
4 replacements
2 Base letters
(25) 29.09.89 AAA (909386 – 959701)
(26) 22.11.89 FFF (083952 – 133694)
(29) 12.07.91 FFF (167956 – 388743)

£10 NOTES
E–145Z Type 17 13 Dates (1) 01.06.78 CCC (000001 – 034397)
7 replacements
(2) 18.07.78 CCC (077503 – 096781)
(3) 06.03.79 CCC (137380 – 137441)
(5) 11.09.79 CCC (159733 – 222791)
(6) 03.04.80 CCC (240321 – 356005)
(9) 02.02.81 CCC (384098)
(11) 19.10.81 CCC (405709)
(13) 28.10.81 CCC (450079 – 458871)
CCC not completed

E–146Z Type 18
9 Dates
4 replacements
(14) 25.02.83 HHH (003974 – 102275)
(15) 07/09.84 HHH (123588 – 143421)
(18) 23.05.85 HHH (154704 – 199803)
Possibly another replacement date in the (16) 14.02.85 – (21) 05.01.87 region
(22) 09.02.87 HHH (264670 – 332598)

E–147Z Type 19
14 Dates
4 replacements
(25) 03.03.88 HHH (396493 – 422961)
(27) 19.06.89 HHH (425758 – 543973)
(29) 18.04.90 HHH (545001 – 662611)
(32) 31.05.91 HHH (671342 – 988939)

£20 NOTES
E–148Z Type 17
4 Dates
3 replacements
(1) 07.01.80 EEE (000001 – 257302)
(2) 24.02.81 EEE (323826 – 377064)
(3) 20.10.81 EEE (390210)

E–149Z Type 18
6 Dates
4 replacements
(5) 11.07.83 EEE (421820 – 472934)
(6) 25.08.83 EEE (479688)
(7) 12.06.84 EEE (498404 – 631931)
(10) 28.08.86 EEE (665237 – 728592)

E–150Z Type 19
15 Dates
5 replacements
2 base letters
(13) 18.11.87 EEE (745186 – 823785)
(15) 05.07.88 EEE (851022 – 907513)
(17) 06.02.89 EEE (928665 – 981664) EEE Series most likely completed
LLL (000001 – 005167)
(19) 13.08.90 LLL (024424 – 199110)
(22) 24.01.91 LLL (209302 – 604829) LLL Series most likely completed

£50 NOTES
E–151Z Type 18
1 Date
1 replacement
(1) 01.11.82 KKK (000001 – 033589)

E–152Z Type 19
1 Date
1 replacement
(2) 05.11.91 KKK (091541 – 132500) KKK not completed


C Series (1993 – 2001) One variety; Prefix of three letters the same
ID Nº & TYPE RUNNING NUMBER, DATE, PREFIX AND KNOWN NUMBER BRACKET

£5 NOTES
E–153Z Type 20
4 Dates
2 replacements
(1) 15.03.94 HHH (000001 – 180537)
(4) 28.04.94 HHH (185568 – 297379)

E–154Z Type 21
7 Dates
2 replacements
(5) 21.12.94 HHH (350053 – 382027)
(8) 22.10.96 HHH (391165 – 445340)

£10 NOTES
E–156Z Type 20
5 Dates
3 replacements
(1) 14.07.93 JJJ (000001 – 139306)
(4) 25.02.94 JJJ (153502 – 212416)
(5) 27.04.94 JJJ (240604 – 293830)
JJJ (687051 – 786630)

E–157Z Type 21
8 Dates
4 replacements
(6) 13.03.95 JJJ (295046 – 307546)
(8) 19.05.95 JJJ (319590 – 367187)
(10) 02.04.96 JJJ (377669 – 382353)
(12) 10.04.97 JJJ (838695 – 856590)

The Very first date of C Series banknotes exists only as a £20 replacement prefix.
It is a probable trial run of the new note design.
£20 NOTES
E–159Z Type 20
12 Dates
7 replacements
(1) 10.09.92 BBB (000001 – 057695)
(2) 21.09.92 BBB (061089 – 107291)
(4) 03.12.92 BBB (110903 – 155142)
(6) 09.02.93 BBB (158756 – 223106)
(8) 13.07.93 BBB (230593 – 311902)
(10) 14.01.94 BBB (313739 – 314860)
(12) 29.04.94 BBB (319666 – 376752)

E–160Z Type 21
13 Dates
6 replacements
(13) 14.06.95 BBB (382798 – 437205)
(14) 11.07.95 BBB (440839 – 582456)
(18) 30.11.95 BBB (591358 – 769528)
(19) 15.05.96 BBB (778186 – 827282)
(22) 24.09.96 BBB (847077 – 974516) BBB likely completed
FFF (458506 – 903972)
FFF probably starts on this date, and is likely completed on it also
(24) 15.07.97 CCC (305508 – 325003) CCC not completed

£50 NOTES
E–155Z Type 19
2 Dates
2 replacements
(1) 06.10.95 EEE (000001 – 020901)
(2) 14.02.96 EEE (024637 – 516329)

£100 NOTES
E–156Z Type 19
1 Date
1 replacement
(1) 22.08.96 KKK (000001 – 010602)




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