A Currency Commission of the Irish Free State, Fifty Pounds, Type 1a (Fractional prefix). Signed by: Joseph Brennan / James J. McElligott. The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland.

Modern Irish Banknotes: Currency Commission of the Irish Free State – Fifty Pounds (Type 1a – Fractional prefix)

Date: 1928 Description: A Currency Commission of the Irish Free State, Fifty Pounds, Type 1a (Fractional prefix). 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: 114mm x 203mm Known Dates:…

1928 Currency Commission of the Irish Free State, One Hundred Pounds, Type 1a (Fractional prefix). Signed by: Joseph Brennan / James J. McElligott. The old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland.

Modern Irish Banknotes: Currency Commission of the Irish Free State – One Hundred Pounds (Type 1a – Fractional prefix)

Date: 1928 Description: A Currency Commission of the Irish Free State, One Hundred Pounds, Type 1a (Fractional prefix). 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: 114mm x 203mm Known…

1928 Currency Commission of the Irish Free State, Ten Shillings, Type 1a (Joseph Brennan / James J. McElligott). The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland

Modern Irish Banknotes: Currency Commission of the Irish Free State – Ten Shillings (Type 1a – Fractional prefix)

Date: 1928 Description: A Currency Commission of the Irish Free State, Ten Shillings, Type 1a (Fractional Prefix). 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:…

1826 Hibernian Bank One Pound Token, proof, undated. The OLd Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland.

Irish Banknote Guide: c. 1826 Hibernian Bank – One Pound Token, Proof, Type 1

Date: c. 1826 Description: 1827 Hibernian Bank One Pound (Proof) Token, Type 1 (no ‘promissory’ text). No date No serial number A rare early paper note Obverse: Design comprises two vignettes, one to the left of Hibernia seated with a harp and the other (on the right) of the Three Graces. Denomination in words ‘ONE…

1826 Hibernian Bank Twenty Pounds Token, proof, undated. The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland.

Irish Banknote Guide: c. 1826 Hibernian Bank – Twenty Pounds Token, Type 1

Date: c. 1826 Description: 1827 Hibernian Bank Twenty Pounds Token, Type 1 (no ‘promissory’ text). No date No serial number This is the largest known denomination for these tokens An extremely rare early paper note Obverse: Design comprises two vignettes, one to the left of Hibernia seated with a harp and the other (on the…

1826 Hibernian Bank One Pound Token, Type 1, dated 10th July 1826 . The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland.

Irish Banknote Guide: 1826 Hibernian Bank – One Pound Token, Type 1

Date: 1826 Description: 1827 Hibernian Bank One Pound Token, Type 1 (no ‘promissory’ text). Manually dated ’10 July 1826′ and numbered ’50’. Countersigned front and back Cancelled with ink ‘x’ over clerk and cashier’s signatures A rare early paper note Obverse: Design comprises two vignettes, one to the left of Hibernia seated with a harp…

1827 Hibernian Bank Thirty Shillings Token, 1 February 1827. No. 3554. Countersigned front and back, cancelled with ink 'x' over clerk and cashier's signatures, rare. The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland.

Irish Banknote Guide: 1827 Hibernian Bank – Thirty Shillings Token, Type 1

Date: 1827 Description: 1827 Hibernian Bank Thirty Shillings Token, Type 1 (no ‘promissory’ text). Manually dated ‘1 February 1827’ and numbered ‘3554’. Countersigned front and back Cancelled with ink ‘x’ over clerk and cashier’s signatures A rare early paper note Obverse: Design comprises two vignettes, one to the left of Hibernia seated with a harp…

1713 Sight Note (£28, 1s & 4d) James Swift. The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland.

Irish Banknote Guide: James Swift & Co (Dublin) 1721-1746

Introduction: James Swift registered his bank in Dublin in 1721 but he was operating in Dublin beforehand, probably as a Goldsmith notory or banker of some description – as can be seen by this ‘sight note’ from Sir Francis Child (a London Goldsmith and banker). Sight note, 14 May 1713, ‘At three days sight pay…

1802 Dublin, Beresfords Bank, contemporary forgery of Bank Post Bill for Three Guineas, 14 December 1802, stamped forgery

O’Brien Banknote Guide: Beresford & Co, Dublin (1794-1810)

Introduction: In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, there were hundreds of small banks issuing their own paper money. Due to the monopoly enjoyed by the Bank of Ireland (a quasi-central bank), they tended to stay small and under-capitalised. Beresford’s Bank, however, grew to be one of the largest and, by 1803, circulated an…