Survey of Limerick Soviet Notes • How many are out there?

1919. The short-lived General Strike in Limerick which produced an interesting banknote issue.
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Survey of Limerick Soviet Notes • How many are out there?

Post by Mac » 24 Jan 2015 20:29

The Limerick Soviet
The 'Limerick Soviet' is a term given to a general strike in Limerick city from 15 to 27 April 1919, organised by the Limerick Trades and Labour Council, as a protest against the British army's declaration of a "Special Military Area" under the Defence of the Realm Act, which covered most of Limerick city and a part of the county. The soviet ran the city for the period, printed its own money and newspaper and organised the supply of food.
(part taken from wikipedia)

An article on the event is available here.

A book on the Limerick Soviet is available as a pdf download, "Forgotten Revolution - The Limerick Soviet 1919" by Liam Cahill, Special on-line edition 2003.

Limerick Soviet Notes are among the rarest of Irish Notes.
There are three denominations.


I believe the banknotes were first noted in numismatic circles around 1969.
Members are invited to post in this thread pictures of notes they have seen or recorded.

Limerick Soviet One shilling note
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Limerick Soviet Five shilling note
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Limerick Soviet Ten shilling note
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EDIT: Added images.

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Re: Survey of Limerick Soviet Notes • How many are out there?

Post by DOC » 27 Jan 2015 19:46

Here is a 10 shilling note with a different signature variation.

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Limerick Soviet Note. No sig

Post by Mac » 31 Jan 2015 23:23

Here's a Limerick Soviet note with no signatures.

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Re: Survey of Limerick Soviet Notes • How many are out there?

Post by Mac » 10 Feb 2015 17:29

I've been doing a lot of work on these lately. There should be some interesting results soon.

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Post by Mac » 13 Apr 2015 01:51

New content added to the Limerick Soviet section on the main website.
I'll be adding lots more pictures also, during the site upgrade process.

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Post by Mac » 04 Sep 2015 19:44

The Limerick Soviet Note Census (LSNC) is progressing nicely, with a good range of the notes now recorded.

The census will be the subject of an article in Coin News within the next few months.

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Post by Mac » 07 Sep 2015 20:42

Here is a variation of the Limerick Soviet notes—some of the later notes were printed on grey-bluish paper rather than the off-white of most notes.

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Post by Mac » 13 Mar 2017 00:46

Three more Limerick Soviet notes have been recorded recently, two 10s notes and one 5s note, all in the National Museum of Ireland.

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Re: Survey of Limerick Soviet Notes • How many are out there?

Post by ThePloughman » 07 May 2017 03:12

So what’s the count on these in the survey now?

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Re: Survey of Limerick Soviet Notes • How many are out there?

Post by Mac » 29 May 2017 21:41

38 notes have been recorded so far.

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Post by Jenny007 » 14 Oct 2017 21:39

Have any shown up outside Ireland ? Hoping I stumble across one States side, but no luck yet !!

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Post by Mac » 14 Oct 2017 22:24

10 Shillings Number 261 (pictured at the top post), and the note above which doesn't have a number both turned up in the US.
261 tourned up in a collectibles shop in San Francisco around 10 years a go, with a provenance indicating it was a
souvenir kept by the then (1919) American Consul General to Ireland, C. M. Hataway Jr, so there is hope of a nice find over there :)

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Re: Survey of Limerick Soviet Notes • How many are out there?

Post by Mac » 10 Nov 2018 21:50

Another 1 Shilling note added to the census, number 38. It looks to be in nice condition.
Thanks to Doc for spotting this one.

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