Modern Irish Banknotes: Currency Commission Ireland – Five Pounds (No War Code)

Date: 1938-40

1939 Currency Commission Ireland, Five Pounds, dated 7th February 1939, S/N: 34T 039477, Brennan-McElligott signatures. The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland.

1939 Currency Commission Ireland, Five Pounds, dated 7th February 1939, Brennan-McElligott


A Currency Commission of the Irish Free State, Five Pounds, Type 2 (No War Code). Signed by: Joseph Brennan / James J. McElligott.

  • 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: 92mm x 165mm
    • Known Dates: 15
    • 5-JUL-1938, 4-AUG-1938, 6-SEP-1938, 3-OCT-1938
    • 3-JAN-1939, 7-FEB-1939, 9-MAR-1939, 5-APR-1939, 9-MAY-1939, 8-JUN-1939, 6-JUL-1939, 3-AUG-1939, 4-SEP-1939, 2-OCT-1939, 1-NOV-1939


  • 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:
    • ‘£5’ in all four corners of an ornate frame
    • Text ‘FIVE POUNDS’ on the left and right hand sides of the frame
  • In-line S/N: 34T 039477
  • 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


  • Ornate rectangular frame, with River Lagan 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.


  • Ireland


  • Modern Irish Banknotes
    • Currency Commission Irish Free State
      • Five Pounds
      • Type 2


Further Reading:

Books & Catalogues (Irish Banknotes & Paper Money)





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