Modern Irish Banknotes: Central Bank of Ireland – Ten Shillings (Type 4d – War Codes) E


Date: 1943-1944

Central Bank of Ireland, Ten Shillings, Type 3g (War Codes added). Signed by Joseph Brennan / James J. McElligott. War Code = E (in purple ink) and dated 4th February 1944. The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland.

Central Bank of Ireland, Ten Shillings, Type 3g (War Codes added). Signed by Joseph Brennan / James J. McElligott. War Code = E (in purple ink) and dated 4th February 1944.

Description:

Central Bank of Ireland, Ten Shillings, Type 4d (War Codes added). Signed by Joseph Brennan / James J. McElligott. War Code = E (in purple ink) and dated 4th February 1944.

  • 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: 6
    • 17-DEC-1943, 12-JAN-1944, 26-JAN-1944, 4-FEB-1944, 21-FEB-1944, 28-MAR-1944

Obverse:

  • Dual Language titles:
    • Central Bank of Ireland
    • Banc Ceannais na hÉireann
  • 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: 29H 012292
  • Emergency Tracer Overprint Codes (the so-called ‘War Codes’) added
  • Two signatories:
    • Joseph Brennan
      • Governor (title change)
      • An Gobharnóir  (title change)
    • 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
    • Central Bank of Ireland
      • Ten Shillings
      • Type 4d

 


Further Reading:

Books & Catalogues (Irish Banknotes & Paper Money)

 

 

 

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