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Re: Series A Specimen Notes

Posted: 20 Feb 2021 13:42
by DOC
Here is an unusual Lady Lavery £10 Specimen note with the date, 3.1.62. Although the date is plausible, it does not appear to have been used on issued notes. A strange feature is the 01X prefix which would have been the prefix at the time for £20 notes.

Re: Series A Specimen Notes

Posted: 20 Feb 2021 17:22
by Mac
This is a proof note made from a McElligott, Whitaker 1960 era note, where McElligott's signature has been removed, and O'Muimhneacháin's signature has been added. The denomination in words over the Sterling promise might be pasted in, or printed (not sure which). De La Rue did a few of these test notes with the new signature.

The 01X prefix is interesting, considering that it was used on the 11.3.63 £1 notes.

Re: Series A Specimen Notes

Posted: 21 Feb 2021 13:47
by DOC
Well spotted, I had not noticed the signature alteration myself !

This is a printers 'Paste Up' Proof. The paste over in the sterling promise section is clearly visible at higher resolution.

Re: Series A Specimen Notes

Posted: 27 Feb 2021 14:48
by Mac
There are a few more of these new signature proofs around also.
I have seen a £5 note, and a £100 note. I presume they were done for each of the denominations. I have not seen them for earlier or later signature changes, so it may be a function of De La Rue taking over the printing of the notes.

Re: Series A Specimen Notes

Posted: 03 Mar 2021 20:10
by JohnnyQ
It’s also the numbering typeface of the £20 note as well as the prefix letter.

Re: Series A Specimen Notes

Posted: 03 Mar 2021 20:12
by JohnnyQ
It also appears to have a plate letter.

Re: Series A Specimen Notes

Posted: 06 Mar 2021 23:40
by Mac
JohnnyQ wrote: 03 Mar 2021 20:12 It also appears to have a plate letter.
Indeed it does!

Re: Series A Specimen Notes

Posted: 21 Mar 2021 11:23
by DOC
Here is an interesting Lady Lavery £100 specimen note with a real date from 1966 and no De La Rue overprint.