Bank of Ireland • from 1783

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Bank of Ireland • from 1783

Post by Mac » 24 Jun 2015 20:08

The Bank of Ireland issued Old Notes from 1783 to 1928 in Ireland. It issued Consolidated notes 1929-1939 in the Irish Free State, and Northern Ireland notes from 1929 to the present day.

An early Bank of Ireland General Issue 1 Pound note 1878, the multibranch design.
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Post by esnible » 13 Mar 2016 23:15

Why did the Bank of Ireland use a Medusa vignette on its notes? It seems like a Greek motif.

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Post by Mac » 14 Mar 2016 15:18

They are actually not Medusa heads—catalogues that state that the are Medusa heads are mistaken—they are Mercury heads. Mercury was the Roman God of financial gain and commerce among other things. The bank also used the head of Mercury on the reverse of its 1922 issue, and on its early Northern Ireland issue. It is still lurking in the background on its current modern issues also.

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Post by esnible » 15 Mar 2016 00:54

Thank you for the explanation! Mercury makes more sense than Medusa.

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Post by DOC » 31 Mar 2016 20:58

When did the Bank of Ireland introduce £1 notes? The earliest date I have seen is 1801.

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Post by Mac » 02 Apr 2016 18:09

I haven't seen one earlier than Sept 1801.
Just guinea denominations from 1797 up to 1801.
Very few examples of any of the notes have survived, so there's not much to go on.

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Post by DOC » 26 Jan 2020 11:27

There are reports of a Bank of Ireland £2 note dated 2nd December 1815 based on an illustration in a contemporary newspaper (PMI). I came across this image of an unissued £2 note recently which would fit this time period. A surprising feature is the use of colour. It is more ornate than examples of other denominations issued at the time so it may be a trial design.
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Post by Mac » 27 Jan 2020 13:56

There is a £1 note design also, which is similar to the colour £2 note pictured above.

Here's a pic of the £2 note dated 2 December 1815, a scan of a photocopy of a newspaper image!
Looks like a genuine note to me.

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Post by DOC » 27 Jan 2020 19:24

Wow, that is interesting. A number 1 note :) I have seen the G.Symes signature on other notes. Looks genuine.

So the coloured £2 note above is a trial design. Amazing to hear that there is a £1 note of this design also !

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Post by Mac » 28 Jan 2020 09:47

The ‘PAID’ stamp is consistent with the note having been withdrawn by the bank after circulation; as are the ink annotations, suggesting a period in circulation.

This note might be in an archive, having been retained on account of being number 1.
It would be nice to come across an example of the denomination.

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