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A Series Lavery Notes: Mulberry Variety > 01X 02X Prefix £1 > Design Variations £1, 1958-1960

Varieties and Variations in Irish Banknotes

Central Bank of Ireland 5 pounds 1961 mulberryCentral Bank of Ireland One Pound 1963 02X

Minor Design Variations and Varieties

Throughout the series of Irish banknote issues there were several varieties and variations in design, and also slightly anomalous issues which do not warrant being classified as different Types. Some of these variations were transitory, appearing for a while and then disappearing again. Other variations remained as permanent changes.

These variations were both accidental and introduced by design. What makes a variety or variation important is whether or not a banknote collector decides to collect the note as a separate entity along with the non-variant note.

A brief summary of the variations follows, with linked pages giving greater detail and illustrations.

Lavery Legal Tender Notes

There are several anomalous variations in the A Series Lavery notes.

Mulberry Variety (1959–1962)

First noted in literature around 1974, the mulberry variety notes have a random inking flaw producing variably dark serial numbers in place of normally bright red numbers on some notes. In some cases the ink variation appears to be almost black. The darker the ink of the mulberry, the more sought-after the note. They are about as scarce as replacement notes, with the ‘black’ ones being quite rare. They are regarded as a major variety amongst Irish notes.

Mulberry variety has been seen on 1959 and 1960 £1 notes of Type 9 (McElligott, Whitaker signature combination), and all red numbered denominations of Type 11 (Muimhneacháin, Whitaker signature combination).

£1 Note Extraordinary Issue (Dated 11.3.63, issued 1974) with special prefix, 01X and 02X

In May 1974 a £1 note dated 11.3.63 was issued into circulation by the Central Bank of Ireland during a shortage of £1 notes. Mulberry serial numbers have also been seen on many of these notes. Speculation is that they were a special printing of some kind, most likely column sort notes or star replacement notes which were not then used.

We know that they were printed, dated and numbered with the other Type 11 notes, as the mulberry variation occurs on them with a similar frequency to the other mulberry £1 notes of this era.

Design Variations: £1 notes 1958, 1959 and 1960

Dark Emerald Green £1 note blank. All £1 notes dated 31.12.58 are unusually dark in colour.
Design 2 £1 notes: 2.9.59 and 18.5.60. Different plates were used to print notes of these dates.
These dates are all Type 9 notes.

War Code Displaced Code Variety: 10 Shilling notes and £1 notes 1941–1944

Certain dates of war code notes appear with either of two war codes on them, the normal expected code for the date, or the previously used war code.

The displaced code variety occurs on three dates for the 10 Shilling Notes, and four dates of the £1 notes on Type 4 Currency Commission war code notes and Type 5 Central Bank war code notes.

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