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


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


  • 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


  • 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.


  • Ireland


  • Modern Irish Banknotes
    • Currency Commission Irish Free State
      • Ten Shillings
      • Type 2


Further Reading:

Books & Catalogues (Irish Banknotes & Paper Money)





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