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Alert! New high quality forgeries have been seen of the 1943 Irish Half CrownView Thread
Yes, it was the end of an era when this £5 note was issued. The first date of this core design of Twin Hibernias and Mercury Heads appeared in 1838, so the design lasted for around 120 years, a world record perhaps?
The next Northern Ireland series did retained some elements of the classic design with the Mercury Heads but as a less prominent feature. The 1967 issue with printed signature of W.E.Guthrie as agent are scarce, particularly in high grade.
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