Modern Irish Banknotes: Currency Commission Ireland – Ten Shillings (Type 3a – War Codes) H


Date: 1940

A Currency Commission Ireland, Ten Shillings, Type 3a (War Codes added). Signed by Joseph Brennan / James J. McElligott. War Code = H (in blue ink). The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland

Currency Commission Ireland, Ten Shillings, Type 3a (War Codes added). Signed by Joseph Brennan / James J. McElligott. War Code = H (in blue ink)

Description:

A Currency Commission Ireland, Ten Shillings, Type 3a (War Codes added). Signed by Joseph Brennan / James J. McElligott. War Code = H (in blue ink)

  • Designer: John Harrison, Chief Portrait Engraver of Waterlow and Sons Ltd, London
  • Engraved and printed by Waterlow & Sons, on Portal’s paper, in London
  • Size: 78mm x 138mm
    • Known Dates: 13
    • 30-JUL-1940, 6-AUG-1940, 12-AUG-1940, 14-AUG-1940, 17-AUG-1940,
    • 22-AUG-1940, 28-AUG-1940, 3-SEP-1940, 7-SEP-1940, 10-SEP-1940,
    • 11-SEP-1940, 26-SEP-1940, 9-OCT-1940

Obverse:

  • Dual Language titles:
    • Currency Commission Ireland
    • Comisiún Airgid Reatha Éire
  • Oval panel to the left, with an archetypal Irish Cailín (Girl) as the central theme
    • Allegedly based on a Lady Hazel Lavery portrait (Head and shoulders only)
      • These notes are colloquially referred to as the ‘Lady Lavery’ series
  • Denonomination:
    • ’10/-‘ in all four corners of an ornate frame
    • Text ‘TEN SHILLINGS’ on the left and right hand sides of the frame
    • Panels at bottom, with dual language text:
      • TEN SHILLINGS STERLING | PAYABLE TO BEARER | ON DEMAND IN LONDON
  • In-line S/N: 54F 089933
  • Emergency Tracer Overprint Codes (the so-called ‘War Codes’) added
  • Two signatories:
    • Joseph Brennan
      • Chairman of the Currency Commission
      • Cathaoirleach Choimisiúin an Airgid Reatha
    • James J. McElligott
      • Secretary of the Department of Finance
      • Rúnaí na Roinne Airgid
  • Watermark:
    • Head of Erin

Reverse:

  • Ornate rectangular frame, with River Blackwater mask in ornate centre panel

Note: Centered in an ornamental design is a so-called River Mask, which can be found on the façade of the Dublin Custom House. The masks represent various rivers in Ireland, and were designed by the sculptor Edward Smythe.

Country:

  • Ireland

Category:

  • Modern Irish Banknotes
    • Currency Commission Ireland
      • Ten Shillings
      • Type 3a

 


Further Reading:

Books & Catalogues (Irish Banknotes & Paper Money)

 

 

 

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