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Bank of Ireland • from 1783

Banknotes issued by Joint Stock Banks prior to 1929
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Bank of Ireland • from 1783

Post#1 » Wed Jun 24, 2015 7:08 pm

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#2 » Sun Mar 13, 2016 11:15 pm

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



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Post#3 » Mon Mar 14, 2016 3:18 pm

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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Re: Bank of Ireland from 1783

Post#4 » Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:54 am

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



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Re: Bank of Ireland from 1783

Post#5 » Thu Mar 31, 2016 7:58 pm

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



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Re: Bank of Ireland from 1783

Post#6 » Sat Apr 02, 2016 5:09 pm

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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