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Specific background references pertaining to Irish currency matters

Irish Coinage is the web's definitive site on over a thousand years of the coinage of Ireland. Information about Irish coins for numismatists, collectors, archaeologists and others who have an interest in the currency in use in Ireland from earliest times to the present day. Includes high quality images of many scarcer coins of Ireland.

Background to the shortage of silver coinage in Ireland in the late 1700s.

The suspension of cash payments in 1797. Newby, E., The Suspension of Cash Payments as a Monetary Regime whereby the requirement of the Bank of England to pay specie (gold and silver) on its bank notes was suspended, due to a shortage of gold and silver as a result of the Napoleonic wars draining value out of the ecomony.

Boyle G.E. and Geary P.T., The Irish Currency Report of 1804 paper examining, amongst other things, the state of circulating paper money in Ireland.

The Ulster Historical Foundation website's brief on Banks and money in Ireland in the 1730s in Ireland in the 1700s presents the background to the story of banking in Ireland before large joint stock banks were permitted.

A Banks and money in Ireland in the 1730s.

A brief on the Assimilation of Currencies Act, 1825 which was an Act of Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland which provided for the abolition of the Irish Pound as a separate currency, which floated with variable exchange rates, and its joining with the English Pound Sterling.

A brief on the Bank Charter Act, 1844, an Act of Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The Bank Charter Act restricted the note issuing powers of banks in Britain, and gave the Bank of England the sole power of note issue in England.

The Bankers (Ireland) Act, 1845, an Act of Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. It was an Act to regulate the Issue of Bank Notes in Ireland, which prohibited the right of note issue for any newly formed bank in Ireland.

Some background to bankers and banking in Victorian Dublin.

Banknotes (Ireland) Act 1920 removed the obligation of Irish banks to pay their notes on demand at any branch other than the head office. It lead to the removal of all the branch names on very note, to be replaced with just Dublin or Belfast as offices of payment.

A snippet on the Irish Joint-Stock banks note circulation 1910, which came up in Parliament. Incidentally, the information was provided by the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, one Mr David Lloyd George, who went on to become Prime Minister during the Irish Treaty negotiations.

Irish economic policy 1922-1958. A brief on the story of the Irish economy since independence.

Decimalisation in Britain in 1971 necessitated a similar change to decimal currency in Ireland. Decimal Day was on 15 February 1971.

Kelly, J. The Irish Pound: From Origins to EMU. The Central Bank of Ireland, 2003. A paper on the 75 year history of the Irish Pound from 1927 to the changeover to the Euro in 2002.

McGowan, P. Money and Banking in Ireland, Origins Development and Future.

Ireland joined the EEC in 1973, participated in Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) in 1988, joined the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) on 13 March 1979, which was the first step to the introduction of the Euro. This lead to the breaking of the Irish Pound's link to Sterling. Ireland went on to be a founder member of the Eurozone.

With effect from 00.00 a.m. local time on 1 January 1999, the conversion rate between the euro and the Irish pound was fixed at 1 Euro = IEP 0.787564. Euro - Irish Pound Calculator.

Some introductory remarks by Governor Patrick Honohan at the T.K. Whitaker Lecture 2013 on the role of the Central Bank of Ireland.
Decimalisation in Britain in 1971 necessitated a similar change to decimal currency in Ireland. Decimal Day was on 15 February 1971.

A brief history of the Central Bank of Ireland. A Series, B Series and C Series notes pages on the Central Bank of Ireland website.

Fairwell to the Irish Pound. A History Ireland article on the passing of the Irish currency in 2002.

General Irish historical references

The ancient Kingdoms of Ireland before the Anglo-Norman invasion.

King Henry II of England.

Norman invasion and conquest of England 1066-1087 eventually leading to the Anglo-Norman Invasion of Ireland in 1169, a historical background presented by the BBC.

Brief on the Reformation in Europe and a cross-linked history of the Reformation.

The Down Survey of Ireland. Taken in the years 1656-1658, the Down Survey of Ireland is the first ever detailed land survey on a national scale anywhere in the world.

The Battle of the Boyne in 1690, was one of the most important events in Irish history. On 1 July 1690 the Battle of the Boyne was fought between King William III (William of Orange) and King James II, who were both claimants to the English, Irish and Scottish thrones.

History of the Irish Parliament 1692-1800.

Society and economy in Ireland 1815-1870

Background to the Westminster Parliament in London. Ireland was ruled directly from Westminister from 1801 to 1921.

The Act of Union 1801 which provided for the abolition of the Parliament of Ireland and the integration of th ecountry into the United Kingdom.

A record of how elected members voted on the Act of Union 1799, 1800.

Background to the Westminster Parliament in London. Ireland was ruled directly from Westminister from 1801 to 1921.

ITGWU Irish Transport and General Workers' Union, founded by James Larkin in 1909.

The Government of Ireland Act, 1920 provided for the establishment of the Parliament of Southern Ireland (granting Home Rule to the 26 counties which later became the Republic of Ireland), the Parliament of Northern Ireland, and a Council of Ireland.

National Library of Ireland: 1916 Rising and Perspectives.

The Sinn Féin 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland which eventually lead to independence for the 26 counties that became the Republic of Ireland.
The BBC history website has a very informative overview on the Easter 1916 Rising.

Background to Home Rule in Ireland from the BBC.

Towards Home Rule in Ireland.

Dublin University Constituency (Parliament of Ireland).

Results of the Irish General election 1918, which for many nationalists had become a referedum on independance.

The Government of Ireland Act, 1920 provided for the establishment of the Parliament of Southern Ireland (granting Home Rule to the 26 counties which later became the Republic of Ireland), the Parliament of Northern Ireland, and a Council of Ireland.

A brief on the Parliament of Southern Ireland, which never came into being as the Nationalist members declared independance instead, proclaiming the first Dáil on 21 January 1919.

A summary of the story of the Limerick Soviet, which briefly issued 'Treasuary Notes' in April 1919.

Article on the Limerick Soviet with some good references, from a left-wing orientated website.

A more recent (2012) review of the Limerick Soviet.

Dáil Eireann, the Parliament of the Republic of Ireland.

26-county Irish Free State and the 6-county Northern Ireland, two autonomous regions created from the island of Ireland as a result of partition on 3 May 1921.

Results of the Irish election 1921 in Northern Ireland.

Results of the General Election of 24 May 1921 for the entire country.

A brief on the truce in the Irish War of independence.

Constitution of Irish Free State.

A brief on the Irish Civil war 1922-1923, and a more detailed account of the conventional phase of the conflict.

What is meant by Dominion status in the British Empire.

Public Policy in an emerging state: The Irish Free State 1922-25. Irish Free State.

The World War 2 period was termed The Emergency in Ireland comming from the Emergency Powers Act, which was in force during the war years. Ireland was neutral during the war, though disposed towards the Allies.

History Hub UCD for historical background information on Ireland.

The Custom House, Dublin is featured on the reverse of the Ploughman One Pound note. Also, the river masks on the reverse of the Lavery notes are taken from features on the Custom House.

Portrait of Lady Lavery as Kathleen Ni Houlihan, 1928, at the National Gallery of Ireland. This is the portrait which was used as the model for the design of the Lady Lavery banknotes.

Sir John Lavery, 1856-1941, painter of the original portrait on which the A Series Legal Tender Note portrait design is based.

Ernest Blythe was the first finance minister in the Irish Free State.

Daniel O'Connell was one of the founders of the National Bank of Ireland. O'Connell was also a member of Parliament in Westminister.

Joseph Brennan, Chairman of the Currency Commission Ireland and Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland, signatory on Irish banknotes 1928-1953.

J. J. McEligott, Secretary of the Department of Finance, and signatory as Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland 1954-1960, he also served in the GPO during the 1916 Rising.

Thomas Joplin, one for the founders of the Provincial Bank of Ireland and of the National Provincial Bank in England, a precursor of Natwest.

Hibernia reprensative of Ireland.

In the eighteenth century Edward Smith sculpted the River Masks which adorn the facade of the Custom House, Dublin. Some of these masks were used as a central feature of the reverse of the design of the Legal Tender Notes (A Series 1928–1977), and on the reverse of the C Series £10 note (1992–1999).

The following are web sites which contain free access on-line displays of paper money

National Numismatic Collection, Smithsonian, National Museum of American History. Since they redesigned their website, it has become difficult to find the banknotes!

The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Virginia has an online Money Museum of US currency.

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco American Currency Exhibit.

French West Africa banknotes.

French banknotes. A well designed web site detailing all Treasury banknote issues and those of The Bank of France.

French and French colonial Banknotes and coins, African colonial notes.

African Banknotes.

Jordanian banknotes.

Lebanese banknotes.

Syrian banknotes.

University of North Carolina Library's Numismatic Collection.

Cornell's Coin Collection an on-line exhibition of Cornell University's coin collection.

UCD collection of Roman coins.

Department of Coins and Medals at The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge.

University of Notre Dame Library Web site for the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections in the Hesburgh Library, University of Notre Dame, Indiana. It contains a section on early Irish Stamps and Colonial Currency banknotes of the USA. There are also images of early US Coins and Confederate Banknotes, though the banknotes are currently very large files. A site very well worth a visiting.

General background references and interesting items

What is Legal Tender anyway?

1914-1921. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Treasury notes.

A short history of the Pound Sterling from the BBC.

British Celtic Coin Index. A repository of Celtic coins found in the UK.

Guinea denominations were issued by Irish banks up to the early 1800s.

Thomas De La Rue and Waterlow and Sons, were both onetime printers of Irish banknotes.

Mercury heads were a central feature on Bank ofIreland notes from 1838.

Daniel O'Connell was one of the founders of the National Bank of Ireland. O'Connell was also a member of Parliament in Westminister.

A note on the world's first government-issued paper currency, dating from 1375. Banknotes of the Ming Dynasty in China.

Will Cuba’s Unified Currency Lead to Economic Turmoil?

The History of Coins and Banknotes of Mexico, from the Banco de México website.

Metallic security threads were introduced to Irish banknotes in 1971.

Background to Bank of England notes, and an official Withdrawn banknotes Reference Guide to its banknotes since 1694.

A History of Money by Glyn Davies

Early Scottish banking was a template for the evolution of Irish banking.

Northern Ireland banknote related links

A brief history of Northern ireland.

Bank of Ireland numbers amongst the world's oldest banks still in operation.

The Belfast Commercial Bank, a precursor of the Belfast Banking Company.

Bank of Ireland notes — current Nothern Ireland issue.

An official leaflet on current Northern Ireland Banknotes.

Background information on current Scottish and Northern Irish notes.

Some background information on Irish note issuing banks: Bank of Ireland, history.

Danske Bank,took over Northern Bank and issues notes in Northern Ireland.

Background information on Bank of Ireland.

A discussion on the costs and benefits of phasing out paper currency.

Background information on Ulster Bank.

Some background history on AIB, formerly Provincial Bank of Ireland and currently issuing notes in Northern Ireland as First Trust Bank.

Midland Bank was the parent bank of Northern bank. This was reflected in the new modern 1970 banknote issue of the Northern which bore the Griffin and Guineas logo of the Midland on the reverse of each denomination.

Links to issuing Authorities

Central Bank of Ireland: The official web site of The Central Bank of Ireland.

European Central BankThe Bank of England

Information on the Euro currrency which replaced the Irish currency in 2002 at a fixed exchange rate of £0.787564 equal to 1 Euro.

The copyright of Irish government banknotes belongs to the Irish Government.

Currency Issuing Authorities of the other Euro participant countries

Bank of FinlandBanque de FranceBelgiqueBanco de EspaniaBanca d'ItaliaBanque centrale du LuxembourgDe Nederlandsche BankDeutsche BundesbankBanco de PortugalAustriaGreeceMalta

And of the other EU countries

DanmarkSverigePolskaEstoniaLatviaLithuaniaCzech RepublicSlovakiaHungarySlovenia

Web sites of Issuing Authorities outside of the EU and other organisations which contain on-line displays of paper money

JapanReserve Bank of AustraliaReserve Bank of New ZealandIsraelSwitzerlandBank of CanadaEast Caribbean Central Bank

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) are the printers of the paper money of the United States of America.

Non-banknote related links

X-rates, a user friendly graphical web site of currency Exchange Rates.

Visit and Explore Ireland!

News from Ireland.

Euro - Irish Pound Calculator

Pair Networks, the ISP on which this web site is hosted.

If you know of any other non-commercial free access stable web sites featuring banknotes please post them on the forum, and they will be included here. Websites come and go all the time. There used to be several other good websites on bankotes, including a top class site on US papermoney, but they have ceased operation.

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