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Currency Commission Ireland and Central Bank of Ireland
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Currency Commission Legal Tender Notes
Types 1 to 4. 1928–1942



Currency Commission Irish Free State Type 1, 1928

Signatures Joseph Brennan. J. J. McElligott


Currency Commission Irish Free State banknotes 1928

Signatures: (1) Joseph Brennan. (2) J. J. McElligott.
(a) Fractional prefix in serial number.
Denominations: 10 Shillings, £1, £5, £10, £20, £50, £100
Marked Specimens recorded: 10 Shillings, £1, £5, £10, £20, £50, £100
Date ranges: 10 Shillings, £1, £5, 2 dates: 10.9.28, 23.10.28; £10, £20, £50, £100, 1 date: 10.9.28.
Linked Picture Pages: 1928
Specimen banknotes: Joseph Brennan. J. J. McElligott.


Currency Commission Irish Free State Type 2, 1929–1937

Serial prefix changed from fractional style to linear style


Currency Commission Irish Free State banknotes 1929-1937

Signatures: (1) Joseph Brennan. (2) J. J. McElligott.
(a) Linear prefix in serial number.
Denominations: 10 Shillings, £1, £5, £10, £100
Date ranges: 10 Shillings, 40 dates: 31.12.29-4.8.37; £1, 36 dates: 4.7.30-23.12.37; £5, 18 dates: 7.6.32-19.8.37; £10, 2 dates: 6.7.32, 16.3.33; £100, 4 dates: 9.12.37-20.12.37.
Linked Picture Pages: 1929–1937


Currency Commission Ireland Type 3, 1938–1940

Issuing Authority title altered to CURRENCY COMMISSION IRELAND


Currency Commission Ireland banknotes 1938-1940

Signatures: (1) Joseph Brennan. (2) J. J. McElligott.
(a) Title of Issuing Authority altered from “CURRENCY COMMISSION IRISH FREE STATE” to “CURRENCY COMMISSION IRELAND”
(b) Irish translation of “Secretary of the Department of Finance” changed from “Rúnaí na Roinne Airgid” to “Rúnaidhe na Roinne Airgeadais”
Denominations: 10 Shillings, £1, £5, £10
Marked Specimens recorded: 10 Shillings
Date ranges: 10 Shillings, 30 dates: 17.1.38-20.12.39; £1, 12 dates: 9.1.39-8.12.39; £5, 15 dates: 5.7.38-1.11.39; £10, 6 dates: 27.10.38-2.7.40.
Linked Picture Pages: 1938–1940
Specimen banknotes: Joseph Brennan. J. J. McElligott.


Currency Commission Ireland Type 4, 1940–1942

Special Identification Marking (SIM) — War Code


Currency Commission Ireland banknotes 1940-1942

Signatures: (1) Joseph Brennan. (2) J. J. McElligott.
(a) Special Identification Marking code (SIM) added to design as an extra security measure.
Denominations: 10 Shillings, £1, £5, £10
Varieties: (x)
Displaced Code Variety. 10 Shillings, £1
Date ranges: 10 Shillings, 27 dates: 30.7.40-1.12.41; £1, 25 dates: 14.3.41-22.9.42; £5, 23 dates: 12.9.40-8.10.42; £10, 8 dates: 9.10.41-5.10.42
Linked Picture Pages: 1940–1942



The Currency Commission was wound up and replaced by the Central Bank of Ireland on 1 February 1943. The title of the Issuing Authority on banknotes was altered to reflect this.



Central Bank of Ireland Legal Tender Notes
Types 5 to 14. 1943–1977



Central Bank of Ireland Type 5, 1943–1944

Special Identification Marking (SIM) — War code


central bank of ireland war code notes 1943-1944

Signatures
: (1) Joseph Brennan. (2) J. J. McElligott.
Issuing Authority changed from “CURRENCY COMMISSION IRELAND” to “CENTRAL BANK OF IRELAND”
(a) Special Identification Marking code retained on design as an extra security measure.
Denominations: 10 Shillings, £1, £5, £10, £20
Varieties: (x) Displaced Code Variety. 10 Shillings, £1
Marked Specimens recorded: 10 Shillings, £1, £5, £10, £20
Date ranges: 10 Shillings, 26 dates: 6.2.43-28.3.44; £1, 26 dates: 3.2.43-6.12.44; £5, 18 dates: 3.2.43-14.7.44; £10, 16 dates: 2.3.43-11.12.44; £20, 11 dates: 11.2.43-10.1.44.
Linked Picture Pages: 1943–1944
Specimen banknotes: Joseph Brennan. J. J. McElligott.


Central Bank of Ireland Type 6, 1945–1952

Special Identification Marking discontinued


central bank of ireland banknotes 1945-1952

Signatures
: (1) Joseph Brennan. (2) J. J. McElligott.
(a) SIM code discontinued.
Denominations: 10 Shillings, £1, £5, £10, £20, £50, £100
Date ranges: 10 Shillings, 92 dates: 15.5.45-3.10.50; £1, 131 dates: 12.4.45-11.12.50; £5, 88 dates: 17.1.45-24.4.51; £10, 48 dates: 6.9.45-11.11.52; £20, 70 dates: 17.10.45-25.3.52; £50, 33 dates: 23.3.43-13.2.51; £100, 24 dates: 3.2.43-3.9.49.
Marked Specimens recorded: 10 Shillings, £1, £5, £10, £20, £50, £100
Linked Picture Pages: 1943–1952
Specimen banknotes: Joseph Brennan. J. J. McElligott.


Central Bank of Ireland Type 7, 1951–1953

Serial numbers are extended on 10 Shillings, £1, and £5 notes


central bank of ireland banknotes 1951-1953

Signatures
: (1) Joseph Brennan. (2) J. J. McElligott.
(a) From this Type on, serial numbers are extended to 1,000,000 per prefix on 10 Shillings, £1, and £5 notes only.
Denominations: 10 Shillings, £1, £5
Date ranges: 10 Shillings, 2 dates: 12.9.51, 22.10.52; £1, 2 dates: 11.9.51, 26.8.52; £5, 5 dates: 6.8.52-24.3.53.
Linked Picture Pages: 1952–1953


Central Bank of Ireland Type 8, 1954–1955

Signature change to J. J. McElligott. O. J. Redmond


central bank of ireland banknotes 1954-1955

(a) Signature change to: (1) J. J. McElligott. (2) O. J. Redmond.
(b) Irish translation of “Secretary of the Department of Finance” changed from “Rúnaidhe na Roinne Airgeadais” to “Rúnaí na Roinne Airgeadais”
Denominations: 10 Shillings, £1, £5, £10, £20, £50, £100
Marked Specimens recorded: 10 Shillings, £1, £5, £10, £20, £50, £100
Date ranges: 10 Shillings, 1 date: 19.10.55; £1, 2 dates: 6.1.54, 25.10.55; £5, 3 dates: 3.5.54-24.10.55;
£10, 11 dates: 3.12.54 - 21.10.55; £20, 2 dates: 27.4.54, 2.9.55; £50, 2 dates: 22.4.54, 4.5.54; £100, 2 dates: 21.4.54, 1.5.54.
Linked Picture Pages: 1954–1955
Specimen banknotes: J. J. McElligott, O. J. Redmond.


Central Bank of Ireland Type 9, 1956–1960

Signature change to J. J. McElligott. T. K. Whitaker


central bank of ireland banknotes 1956-1960 Whitaker

(a) Signature change to: (1) J. J. McElligott. (2) T. K. Whitaker.
Denominations: 10 Shillings, £1, £5, £10, £20, £50, £100
Marked Specimens recorded: 10 Shillings, £1, £100
Varieties: (x) Mulberry Serial Variety. (y) Design 2 Variety. (z) Dark Green £1 Variation.
Date ranges: 10 Shillings, 3 dates: 28.5.57-1.9.59; £1, 4 dates: 12.6.57-18.5.60; £5, 5 dates: 20.8.56-12.5.60;
£10, 12 dates: 7.1.57-14.1.60; £20, 1 date: 23.10.57; £50, 2 dates: 4.10.57, 16.5.60; £100, 2 dates: 14.10.59, 11.11.59.
Linked Picture Pages: 1956–1960
Specimen banknotes: J. J. McElligott. T. K. Whitaker.


Central Bank of Ireland Type 10, 1960

Serial numbers are extended on £10 notes


central bank of ireland banknotes 1960

Signatures
: (1) J. J. McElligott. (2) T. K. Whitaker.
(a) From this Type on, serial numbers were extended from 100,000 Terminator to 1,000,000 Terminator on £10 notes.
Denominations: £10
Date ranges: £10, 15 dates: 9.2.60-6.12.60.
Linked Picture Pages: 1960



The currency of Ireland was Decimalised in 1970. It became based on a Pound equal to 100 new pence. The banknote with Ten Shillings denomination (now equal to 50 pence) was discontinued and withdrawn.



Central Bank of Ireland Type 11, 1961–1968

Signature change to: M. Ó Muimhneacháin. T. K. Whitaker


central bank of ireland banknotes 1961-1968

(a) Signature change to: (1) M. Ó Muimhneacháin. (2) T. K. Whitaker.
(b) Designation of value of note “...POUNDS STERLING PAYABLE TO THE BEARER ON DEMAND IN LONDON” dropped, and replaced by the denomination of the banknote in words.
Denominations: 10 Shillings, £1, £5, £10, £20, £50, £100
Marked Specimens recorded: 10 Shillings, £1, £5, £10, £20, £50, £100
Varieties: (x) X prefix Extraordinary Issue. £1 dated 11.3.63; (y) Mulberry Serial Variiety. £1, £5, £10, £50, £100; (z) Small Date Variety. 10 Shillings, £1, £5, £10, £50, £100
Date ranges: 10 Shillings, 6 dates: 3.1.62-6.6.68; £1, 8 dates: 16.3.62-8.10.68; £5, 8 dates: 15.8.61-16.8.68; £10, 9 dates: 2.5.62-16.7.68; £20, 4 dates: 16.1.61-15.6.65; £50, 4 dates: 1.2.62-6.9.68; £100, 5 dates: 16.1.63-9.9.68.
Linked Picture Pages: 1961–1968
Specimen banknotes: M. Ó Muimhneacháin. T. K. Whitaker.


Central Bank of Ireland Type 12, 1969–1975

Signature change to: T. K. Whitaker. C. H. Murray


central bank of ireland banknotes 1969-1975

(a) Signature change to: (1) T. K. Whitaker. (2) C. H. Murray.
Denominations: £1, £5, £10, £20, £50, £100
Marked Specimens recorded: £1, £5, £10, £20, £50, £100
Varieties: (X) Small Date Variety. £1, £5, £10, £20; (Y) Sans Serif Typeface Variety. £20, £50, £100
Date ranges: £1, 4 dates: 1.3.69-19.9.70; £5, 2 dates: 12.5.69, 27.2.70; £10, 2 dates: 5.5.69, 9.3.70; £20, 6 dates: 3.3.69-6.1.75; £50, 5 dates: 4.11.70-16.4.75; £100, 4 dates: 26.10.70-10.4.75.
Linked Picture Pages: 1969–1975
Specimen banknotes: T. K. Whitaker. C. H. Murray.


Central Bank of Ireland Type 13, 1971–1975

Metal Security thread added to £1, £5, and £10


central bank of ireland banknotes 1971-1975

Signatures
: (1) T. K. Whitaker. (2) C. H. Murray.
(a) Metal Security thread added to £1, £5, and £10 denominations only.
(b) “Star” replacement note system introduced in 1974.
Denominations: £1, £5, £10
Marked Specimens recorded: £1, £5, £10
Replacement Notes: £1 prefix S, 00A; £5 prefix R, 00K; £10 prefix T.
Varieties: (x) Sans Serif Typeface Variety. £1, £5, £10
Date ranges: £1, 5 dates: 8.7.71-21.4.75; £5, 6 dates: 18.1.71-5.9.75; £10, 5 dates: 19.5.71-10.2.75.
Linked Picture Pages: 1971–1975
Specimen banknotes: T. K. Whitaker. C. H. Murray.


Central Bank of Ireland Type 14, 1976–1977

Signature change to: C. H. Murray. M. O'Murchú


central bank of ireland banknotes 1976-1977

(a) Signature change to: (1) C. H. Murray. (2) M. O'Murchú.
Denominations: £1, £10, £20, £50, £100
Marked Specimens recorded: £20
Replacement Notes: £1 prefix 00A; £10 prefix T; £20 prefix V
Varieties: (x) Sans Serif Typeface Variety. £1, £50, £100; (y) Dark Blank Variation. £20
Date ranges: £1, 1 date: 30.9.76; £10, 1 date: 2.12.76; £20, 1 date: 24.3.76; £50, 1 date: 4.4.77; £100, 1 date: 4.4.77.
Linked Picture Pages: 1976–1977
Specimen banknotes: C. H. Murray. M. O'Murchú.





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