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Provincial Bank of Ireland Blue Notes 1903-1919

Posted: 08 Mar 2018 20:47
by DOC
The Provincial Bank of Ireland issued an attractive series of blue multi-branch notes from 1903-1919. Blue notes are known for the £1, £3, £5, £10 and £20 denominations. No issued examples of the £50 and £100 notes are known but these may have been black and white in colour.

Notes of this series are scarce with issued non-cancelled, cut-cancelled and proof notes available to collectors. Examples of each type are attached for the £1 notes. In general, notes of this series appear to have been signed by branch managers although other officials in the bank branches sometimes signed them.

Re: Provincial Bank of Ireland Blue Notes 1903-1919

Posted: 12 Mar 2018 22:35
by DOC
Provincial Bank £3 Blue notes are very rare even in cut cancelled form. One of the few known examples is attached.

Re: Provincial Bank of Ireland Blue Notes 1903-1919

Posted: 16 Mar 2018 15:33
by Mac
The blue £3 and £20 notes are both very rare, likely with low printages.

Re: Provincial Bank of Ireland Blue Notes 1903-1919

Posted: 21 Mar 2018 19:35
by DOC
Yes, the £3 and £20 denominations are very rare. I have only seen one example of a £20, a nice issued non-cancelled note with signature W.H.Baker. If anyone knows of any other examples even in cut-cancelled or proof form, it would be interesting to hear about their details.

Re: Provincial Bank of Ireland Blue Notes 1903-1919

Posted: 23 Mar 2018 17:51
by Mac
The Provincial Bank appears to have been a bit uncertain as to how to approach prefixing on the blue notes. When the £1 notes were introduced they started out with prefix A/5, illustrated, continuing from the earlier all-black series. Then the serial numbers were reset to start again at 1, and continuing with single letter prefixes starting at A.
Notes without prefix, and letters A to G all appeared on banknotes dated 2 November 1903. Thereafter most dates used one prefix only, which was how the bank's £1 notes had previously been issued.

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Re: Provincial Bank of Ireland Blue Notes 1903-1919

Posted: 26 Mar 2018 20:09
by DOC
Interesting observation. It seems that The Provincial Bank considered the blue notes to be just a continuation of the black and white series. The £5 notes started with prefix F which was a continuation from the last black and white notes. However, there appears to have been a change of mind with the adoption of a new sequence in 1904. Examples attached.

I wonder what prompted the change of mind? One possibility is that a colour change was regarded as significant by users of the notes and the bank reacted to this.

Re: Provincial Bank of Ireland Blue Notes 1903-1919

Posted: 01 Apr 2018 00:01
by ThePloughman
I guess they might have decided to restart numbers on all the denominations once they did so on the £1 notes. It kinda fits datewise.

Re: Provincial Bank of Ireland Blue Notes 1903-1919

Posted: 07 Apr 2018 10:25
by DOC
The blue £10 denomination is seldom offered. Black & white proofs and issued non-cancelled notes are known. Examples attached. An example issued in 1919 has also been recorded.