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    A £5 and £1 Ploughman’s Note at Cork auction. The £5 note is estimated at 600-800. (Click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: THE £5 NOTE MADE 500 AND THE £1 NOTE MADE 340

    Irish £1 and £5 Ploughman’s Notes are among the collectibles on offer at the antiques, general and collectors auction at Cork Auction Rooms on Sunday, December 30 at noon. The notes were issued as a transitional measure for Bank of Ireland, Hibernian Bank Limited, Munster & Leinster Bank Limited, National Bank Limited, Northern Bank Limited, Provincial Bank of Ireland Limited, Royal Bank of Ireland Limited and Ulster Bank Limited in 1929. Under arrangement with the Currency Commission the banks withdrew the previous notes they issued and refrained from issuing more.
    Each note contained the common design of a man ploughing in a field with two horses on the front and they are often referred to as the “Ploughman Notes” because of this, the main differences were the name of the bank and its authorising signature. The notes denominations, and the back designs were; £1 (Custom House, Dublin), £5 (St. Patrick’s Bridge, Cork), £10 (Currency Commission Building, Foster Place, Dublin), £20 (Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary), £50 (Croagh Patrick, County Mayo) and £100 (Killiney Bay, County Dublin). The consolidated notes were issued only by the Currency Commission. The last notes were printed in 1941 and they were officially withdrawn on December 31, 1953.
    The auction will feature a starting cannon and cannon ball, a silver centrepiece, a collection of Waterford glas and militaria.  The sale goes on view on Saturday, December 29.

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