Ballykinlar Internment Camp Tokens 1919-1921
During the Irish war of independence the British military commenced the internment of known Irish nationalists at Ballykinlar. The camp was located at Abercorn Barracks in present day Northern Ireland. At its peak the internment camp was home to several thousand internees. The camp was rather like a POW camp in that it had a certain autonomy over its own internal affairs. One of the manifestations of this was the issue of tokens by the internees for use as currency inside the camp.
The unofficial Ballykinlar tokens are known in six denominations as follows:
1d; 3d; 6d; 1 Shilling; 5 Shillings; One Pound. A 10 Shilling denomination may also have been printed.
The tokens are written in Irish on the obverse, which translates as: “Irish imprisoned in Ballykinlar". "Camp Two" across the centre.
On the reverse is an advertisement, in English, of the printers of the tokens.
The lower four denominations were of the same size, and had a similar reverse, shown with the 1 Shilling token, below.
The diameters of the denominations were approximately 56mm, four lower denominations; 65mm, 5 Shilling; and 75mm, One Pound.
Ballykinlar Internment Camp token for One Penny.
Ballykinlar Internment Camp token for Three Pence.
Ballykinlar Internment Camp token for Six Pence.
Ballykinlar Internment Camp token for One Shilling, with reverse.
Ballykinlar Internment Camp token for Five Shillings, with reverse.
Ballykinlar Internment Camp token for Ten Shillings. Image of reverse not currently available and is sought.
NOTE: The 10 Shilling token has been confirmed to be the same size as the 5 Shilling token.
Ballykinlar Internment Camp token for One Pound, with reverse.
Pictures are actual size, and are shown to scale.
A 2/6 Shilling token has been rumoured to exist, but no examples or images have been seen as yet. It would be a logical denomination.
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