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The Bank of Ireland
Series C 1815

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Revised design with surrounding border, vignette of Hibernia modernised



A new series, with major design revisions

Series C introduced a new more robust design, with an ornate surrounding border on denominations up to £10. Denominations up to £50 have been recorded. Other denominations of this Series likely existed. Currently no data is available on them.


Series C. [1815-1862] Hibernia. Single and paired-branch Issue

Banknote size varies slightly by denomination and Type. Uniface. All notes were hand signed Head Office DUBLIN.
Watermark: up to ca1819, elaborate design covering most of the area of each banknote. Ca1820 onwards, simpler watermark featuring bank’s name only.

Most surviving banknotes in private hands are contemporary forgeries, which are themselves generally scarce. Some later banknotes appear with one or two branches listed on them in addition to Dublin. This is equivalent to the single branch issues of other banks, payable at the head office in Dublin as well as at the issuing branch.

Five Types of Bank of Ireland notes by design variation

There are five Types for Series C banknotes based on variations in the design of the notes. These Types divide into several distinct variations, as listed below. Notes denominated in Guineas notes and in Pounds were issued with similar designs.

Type A
Bank of Ireland, One Guinea, 1816Bank of Ireland, One Guinea, 1819
Bank of Ireland, 5 Pounds, 1820Bank of Ireland, One Pound, 1824
Bank of Ireland, 10 Pounds, 1824

Type B
Bank of Ireland, 50 Pounds, 1827Bank of Ireland, 30 Shillings, 1828

Type C
Bank of Ireland, One Pound, 1832

Type D
Bank of Ireland, 50 Pounds, 1862Bank of Ireland, 30 Shillings, 1833

Type E
Bank of Ireland, 30 Shillings, 1834Bank of Ireland, One Pound, 1837


Five Types

Type A1. Single Hibernia vignette on left side of banknote 1816–1828

"No." plus five digit serial number.
All banknotes “payable to Nathl Low or bearer.” Denominations recorded: 1 Guinea, £1, 30 Shillings, £2, £5, £10.
Type A2. Design modified on 1 Guinea notes, 1819; and on £5 notes, 1821.

Type B. ca1825 Twin Hibernia vignettes

One Hibernia on each side of every banknote. All banknotes payable to "the bearer on demand in Dublin". This is the first appearance of Dublin on the notes.
Bank’s name in Gothic Typeface on bottom of notes. No serial prefix letters, 6 digit number.
Denominations recorded: £1, 30 Shillings, £5, £10, £20, £50.
Value stated in “Pounds British” on each banknote reflecting the abolition of the Irish Pound and the creation of a parity link with the British Pound in January 1826.

Type C. ca1830 Bank title in gothic script on top of notes. Pounds “British” discontinued

Centre of banknotes redesigned to accommodate space for 'Dublin' in the middle in larger lettering, with a space for the addition of branch names on either side of Dublin.
Denominations recorded: £1, 30 Shillings, £5, £50.
Type B1. 1 Branch listed on some notes in addition to Dublin. Various branches.
Type B2. 2 Branches listed in addition to Dublin.

Type D. ca1833 Prefix letters introduced

Prefix of letter over letter plus five digit number.
Denominations recorded: £1, 30 Shillings, £5, £50.
Design slightly modified with the addition of a shaded background strip under the date and serial numbers. Branches added on some banknotes.
Denomination in large letters on bottom of each banknote.
Type D1. 1 Branch listed on some notes in addition to Dublin. Various branches.

Type E. ca1834 Addition of denomination in large letters on bottom of each banknote

All other design features are similar to Type D.
Denominations recorded: £1, 30 Shillings.
Type E1. 1 Branch listed on some notes in addition to Dublin. Various branches.





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