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First Specialist Sale of Irish Coins and Banknotes at Dix Noonan Webb

Rare Bank of Ireland One Pound note, 1813 to be auctioned at Dix Noonan Webb 

13 November 2013

“Irish currency has a long and fascinating history and we felt that it was time to hold a sale that reflects this,” said Christopher Webb, head of the Coins Department. One of the most remarkable lots in the auction is a Bank of Ireland One Pound note issued on 11 January 1813 and numbered 7187. Very little is known about this series which was issued during the Peninsular War and was only in circulation for about three years. It was one of the earliest notes issued by the Bank of Ireland and this rare example is in good condition. It is expected to fetch £3,000 to £4,000. As the Norman kings of England gradually took over Ireland in the 1170s, John, second son of Henry II and later king himself, was appointed Lord of Ireland and struck coinage. The salee includes an extremely rare example of a First Coinage Halfpenny minted in Dublin during John’s period as Lord from 1172-1199. Despite being more than 800 years old, it has a good portrait of John and is estimated at £2,000 to £3,000. The political and religious upheavals in England during the reign of Charles I spilled over into Ireland and it was not always possible to ensure an orderly supply of money. During the 1640s the Lord Justices of Ireland authorised several issues of coinage of which one was the so-called ‘Dublin Money’ which had the value in shillings and pence on each side. A very rare Dublin Money Crown will also feature and should sell for £2,000 to £2,500.

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