Ballykinlar tokens

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Ballykinlar tokens

Post by Mac » 24 Jan 2017 17:59

Ballykinlar Internment Camp Tokens 1919-1922

During the Irish war of independence the British military commenced the internment of known Irish nationalists at Ballykinlar. The Ballykinlar Internment 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 tokens are written in Irish, which translates as: “Irish imprisoned in Ballykinlar."

I came across some pics of these recently when I was looking for something else.
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Meanwhile, here is a Ballykinlar One Shilling Token, face and reverse:

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Post by Mac » 27 Jan 2017 21:12

I updated the Ballykinlar Token page of the main web site with new, bigger better pics.

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Post by ThePloughman » 28 Jan 2017 01:51

Uh nice. dunno anything about these. Are they rare? Nothin much out there on them

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Post by Mac » 31 Jan 2017 22:17

Quite rare. They turn up occasionally in auction.

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Post by Mac » 07 Feb 2017 16:42

Incidently, I have heard suggestions that there is a 2/6 token, but I have never seen one, or a picture of one.
It is a denomination that would make sense though.

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Post by DOC » 03 Dec 2017 00:06

Rumours of a 10/- Ballykinlar token were well founded. By good fortune I came across this photo recently.
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Post by ThePloughman » 03 Dec 2017 00:19

Nice! Do you know what is onthe reverse of it? I guess it is the same as the 5/- token.

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Post by Series B notes » 03 Dec 2017 00:24

Are any tokens denominated in pounds known, such as 1 pound, 2 pounds, 5 pounds?

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Post by ThePloughman » 03 Dec 2017 00:29

Yes. There are £1 tokens. You should have a look at the Ballykinlar token page on the irishpapermoney website for a full list of them.

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Post by DOC » 03 Dec 2017 12:29

I don't have an image of the reverse. Just spotted the 10 shilling token in an old auction catalogue. I doubt that denominations higher than £1 exist. However, the 2s 6d would be a logical denomination which has not been seen to date.

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Post by Mac » 03 Dec 2017 13:40

@Doc
Nice find! I will add it to the web site Ballykinlar page. That leaves just the mystery of the 2/6 to be solved.
The reverse of the 10 Shilling might be similar to the 5 Shilling, only a guess there though.

EDIT: Duly added to the main website :)

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Post by DOC » 03 Jan 2018 23:54

Good guess. I can confirm that the 10 shilling token is the same size as the 5 shilling token. I have a scan confirming the relative sizes.

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