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Ballykinlar tokens

Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 5:59 pm
by Mac
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.
The section on Ballykinlar tokens in the main website will be upgraded with these larger pics shortly.

Meanwhile, here is a Ballykinlar One Shilling Token, face and reverse:


Re: Ballykinlar tokens

Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:12 pm
by Mac
I updated the Ballykinlar Token page of the main web site with new, bigger better pics.

Re: Ballykinlar tokens

Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 1:51 am
by ThePloughman
Uh nice. dunno anything about these. Are they rare? Nothin much out there on them

Re: Ballykinlar tokens

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:17 pm
by Mac
Quite rare. They turn up occasionally in auction.

Re: Ballykinlar tokens

Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 4:42 pm
by Mac
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.