Modern Irish Banknotes: Currency Commission Ireland – One Pound (No War Code)


Date: 1938-40

1939 Currency Commission Ireland, One Pound, dated 3rd July 1939, serial number 24L 035947, Brennan-McElligott signatures. The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland.

1939 Currency Commission Ireland, One Pound, dated 3rd July 1939, Brennan-McElligott

Description:

A Currency Commission of the Irish Free State, One Pound, 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: 84mm x 151mm
    • Known Dates: 12
    • 9-JAN-1939, 4-FEB-1939, 8-MAR-1939, 6-APR-1939, 6-APR-1939, 3-MAY-1939, 7-JUN-1939, 3-JUL-1939, 8-AUG-1939, 6-SEP-1939, 5-OCT-1939, 9-NOV-1939, 8-DEC-1939

Obverse:

  • Dual Language titles:
    • Currency Commission
    • Comisiún Airgid Reatha
  • 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:
    • ‘£1’ in all four corners of an ornate frame
    • Text ‘ONE POUND’ on the left and right hand sides of the frame
  • In-line S/N: 24L 035947
  • 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 Liffey mask in ornate centre panel. The Liffey is the only female head of the river gods.
  • 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 Irish Free State
      • One Pound
      • Type 2

 


Further Reading:

Books & Catalogues (Irish Banknotes & Paper Money)

 

 

 

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