Modern Irish Banknotes: Currency Commission Ireland – Ten Shillings (No War Code)


Date: 1938-40

1939 Currency Commission Ireland, Ten Shillings, dated 4th November 1939, serial number 75E 090760, Brennan-McElligott signatures. The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland.

1939 Currency Commission Ireland, Ten Shillings, dated 4th November 1939, Brennan-McElligott

Description:

A Currency Commission of the Irish Free State, Ten Shillings, 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: 78mm x 138mm
    • Known Dates: 30
    • 17-JAN-1938, 3-FEB-1938, 5-MAR-1938, 4-APR-1938, 7-MAY-1938, 8-JUN-1938, 7-JUL-1938, 5-AUG-1938, 6-SEP-1938, 5-OCT-1938, 2-NOV-1938, 9-DEC-1938, 6-JAN-1939, 7-FEB-1939, 4-MAR-1939, 5-APR-1939, 2-MAY-1939, 1-JUN-1939, 3-JUL-1939, 25-JUL-1939, 9-AUG-1939, 17-AUG-1939, 8-SEP-1939, 29-SEP-1939, 2-OCT-1939, 28-OCT-1939, 4-NOV-1939, 16-NOV-1939, 1-DEC-1939, 20-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:
    • ’10/-‘ in all four corners of an ornate frame
    • Text ‘TEN SHILLINGS’ on the left and right hand sides of the frame
  • In-line S/N: 75E 090760
  • 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 Irish Free State
      • Ten Shillings
      • Type 2

 


Further Reading:

Books & Catalogues (Irish Banknotes & Paper Money)

 

 

 

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