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Ballykinlar tokens

Posted: 24 Jan 2017 17:59
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:

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Re: Ballykinlar tokens

Posted: 27 Jan 2017 21:12
by Mac
I updated the Ballykinlar Token page of the main web site with new, bigger better pics.

Re: Ballykinlar tokens

Posted: 28 Jan 2017 01:51
by ThePloughman
Uh nice. dunno anything about these. Are they rare? Nothin much out there on them

Re: Ballykinlar tokens

Posted: 31 Jan 2017 22:17
by Mac
Quite rare. They turn up occasionally in auction.

Re: Ballykinlar tokens

Posted: 07 Feb 2017 16:42
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.

Re: Ballykinlar tokens

Posted: 03 Dec 2017 00:06
by DOC
Rumours of a 10/- Ballykinlar token were well founded. By good fortune I came across this photo recently.

Re: Ballykinlar tokens

Posted: 03 Dec 2017 00:19
by ThePloughman
Nice! Do you know what is onthe reverse of it? I guess it is the same as the 5/- token.

Re: Ballykinlar tokens

Posted: 03 Dec 2017 00:24
by Series B notes
Are any tokens denominated in pounds known, such as 1 pound, 2 pounds, 5 pounds?

Re: Ballykinlar tokens

Posted: 03 Dec 2017 00:29
by ThePloughman
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.

Re: Ballykinlar tokens

Posted: 03 Dec 2017 12:29
by DOC
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.

Re: Ballykinlar tokens

Posted: 03 Dec 2017 13:40
by Mac
@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 :)

Re: Ballykinlar tokens

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 23:54
by DOC
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.