Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland's Danske and Bank of Ireland new 5- and 10-pound polymer notes reported for February 2019

According to a BBC News article dated 6 November 2018, both Danske and Bank of Ireland plan to introduce new 5- and 10-pound polymer banknotes in Northern Ireland in February 2019. The new notes will be like the current notes, but the substrate changed from paper to polymer.




Courtesy of Don Ludwig and Ray Allen.

Northern Ireland new sig/date (04.04.2017) 10-pound note (B937e) confirmed

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Like B937d, but new signature (Les Matheson) and new date (4th APRIL 2017). Prefix L.

Courtesy of Stefan Rombaut.

Northern Ireland's Bank of Ireland new sig/date (02.03.2017) 10-pound note (B133b) confirmed

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Like B133a, but new date (2nd March 2017) and new signature (Thomas McAreavey). Prefix BB.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Northern Ireland's Ulster Bank unveils new 5- and 10-pound polymer notes for 2019 introduction

On 23 May 2018, Ulster Bank unveiled the designs of two new banknotes to be introduced in 2019 under the “Living in Nature” theme. Both notes have vertical designs and are printed on polymer substrate. The blue 5-pound note focuses on Northern Ireland as a place that people pass through and visit, highlighting the importance of the sea and migration. It depicts Strangford Lough in County Down and Brent Geese. The brown 10-pound note focuses on Northern Ireland as a place of growth, both in terms of agriculture and heritage. It depicts Lough Erne in County Fermanagh, the Irish hare and Guelder-rose shrubs. The notes also feature culinary delights associated with the north, namely a king scallop and an Ulster Glade potato.

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Courtesy of Mark Irwin, David Hunter, Philip Smith, Muhammad Zeeshan Yameen, Don Ludwig, and Iain Burn.

The Banknote Book chapters now available in print on Amazon and Lulu

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Ceylon
Dominican Republic
Egypt
Germany
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Italy
Japan
Lebanon
Macau
Northern Ireland
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Thailand
Turkey

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Northern Ireland Ulster Bank new date (01.01.2015) 20-pound note (B938g) confirmed

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Like B938f, but new date (1st JANUARY 2015). Prefix M.

Northern Ireland Danske Bank new sig/date 20-pound note (B502b) confirmed

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Like B502a, but new signature (Kevin P. Kingston) and new date (6th July 2016). Prefix AB.

Courtesy of Michael Burman.

Challenge: Identify statue on Northern Ireland notes

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If you can precisely identify the proper name and location of the statue above—or have a lead which you think might be useful—please send me an email, preferably including a URL which links to evidence supporting your identification. This same statue appears at center front of Northern Ireland B615 to B808.

According to Diarmuid Curran, it's a generic vignette of Hibernia. Can anyone confirm or refute this assertion?

Northern Ireland's Ulster Bank new sig/date (01.01.2013) 5-pound note confirmed

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5 pounds, 1st JANUARY 2013. Like UBL B36, but new date and new signature (Jim Brown). Prefix E.

Courtesy of Mark Irwin.

Northern Ireland chapter of The Banknote Book is now complete

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The Northern Ireland chapter of The Banknote Book is now complete and available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 70-page catalog covers notes issued by the Bank of Ireland, Belfast Banking Company, National Bank Limited, Northern Bank Limited, Danske Bank, Provincial Bank of Ireland, Allied Irish Banks, First Trust Bank, and Ulster Bank. Revised 6 August 2015.

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  • Security features described in full
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  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Northern Ireland's Ulster Bank new date (01.01.2014) 10-pound note confirmed

10 pounds, 1st JANUARY 2014. Like P341, but new date. Prefix K.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Northern Ireland Ulster Bank new sig/date (01.01.2006) 10-pound note confirmed

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10 pounds, 1st JANUARY 2006. Like P336, but new date and new signature (McCarthy). Prefix E.

Courtesy of Mark Irwin.

Northern Ireland First Trust new date (01.06.2009) 20-pound note confirmed

20 pounds, 1st JUNE 2009. Like P137, but new date.

Courtesy of "Peter" Shih, Yu-Yu.

Northern Ireland Ulster Bank new date (01.01.2014) 20-pound note confirmed

20 pounds, 1st JANUARY 2014. Like P342b, but new date. Prefix L.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Northern Ireland Ulster Bank new sig/date (03.01.2012) 10-pound note confirmed

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10 pounds, 3rd JANUARY 2012. Like P341, but new date and new signature.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Northern Ireland's Bank of Ireland new notes confirmed

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According to an article on Belfast Telegraph dated 21 August 2013, the Bank of Ireland UK issued new 5-, 10-, 20-, and 50-pound banknotes which look like the exisiting notes, but with new security features, including the introduction of a hologram dual image for £10 and £20 banknotes and a dual image and filigree for the £50 note. The £5, £10, £20 and £50 notes have a wider security thread and an electrotype in the watermark in the form of Bank of Ireland chevrons. The new notes are dated 1st January 2013 and bear the signature of Stephen Matchett, Chief Financial Officer.

Courtesy of Fabien Louart and Hartmut Fraunhoffer (http://www.banknoten.de).

Northern Ireland's Ulster Bank new sig/date (03.01.2012) 20-pound note confirmed

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20 pounds, 3rd JANUARY 2012. Like P342, but new date, signature, and title.

Courtesy of yuri111.

Northern Ireland's Danske Bank new 10- and 20-pound notes confirmed

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According to a BBC News article dated 24 June 2013, Danske Bank, formerly Northern Bank, issued 10- and 20-pound notes that look like the existing Northern Bank issues (PNL), but with the bank's new logo and name which changed in November 2012. Existing notes will remain in circulation. The bank no longer issues its own 50- and 100-pound notes and will issue Bank of England notes instead for these denominations.

The 10-pound note is dated 25th January 2013 and the 20-pound note is dated 16th October 2012. Both bear the signature of Gerry Mallon, Chief Executive.

Courtesy of Pam West (http://britishnotes.co.uk).

Northern Ireland's First Trust Bank new sig/date (01.01.2012) 10-pound note confirmed

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10 pounds, 1st JANUARY 2012. Like P136, but new date and new signature (John Kilty).

Courtesy of Pam West.

Northern Ireland's Northern Bank new date (12.05.2011) 20-pound note confirmed

20 pounds, 12th May 2011. Like unlisted note dated 15th April 2009, but new date.

Courtesy of Yuri Minkin.

Northern Ireland's Northern Bank to become Danske Bank by end of 2012

According to an article in the Belfast Telegraph dated 11 May 2012, by the end of 2012 Northern Bank will be rebranded under the name of its Danish parent, Danske Bank, with new banknotes in circulation within a year.

According to an article in The Irish News dated 20 October 2012, Northern Bank plans a "full communications programme" in advance of introducing the new Danske Bank-branded banknotes in mid-2013. "Apart from the Northern Bank logo being replaced by a Danske Bank logo all other features of the note will remain basically the same," said the bank.


Northern Ireland's Northern Bank new 20-pound note confirmed

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In 2011, Northern Bank in Belfast introduced a new 20-pound (US$31) note that is like P207, but new date (15th April 2009), new signature, new gold foil, Cornerstone watermarks, and slightly redesigned front and back to accommodate the new bank logo.

Courtesy of Marian Klubert and Claudio Marana.

Northern Ireland's Northern Bank new date (06.11.2006) 20-pound note confirmed


20 pounds (US$30.70), 6 NOVEMBER 2006. Like P206, but new date.

Courtesy of Nazir Rahemtulla.

Northern Ireland's Northern Bank new 10-pound note confirmed


On 29 March 2010, Northern Bank in Belfast introduced a new 10-pound (US$15.10) note that is like P205, but new date, new signature (Gerry Mallon, Chief Executive), new gold foil, Cornerstone watermarks, and slightly redesigned front and back to accommodate the new bank logo.

Courtesy of Jan Ove Larsen.

Ireland's First Trust Bank new date (01.05.2007) £20 note confirmed


20 pounds (US$39.25), 1st MAY 2007. Like P137, but new date and new signature.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Bank of Ireland issues new notes featuring Bushmills distillery

According to a February 12, 2008 report in Drinks International, the Bank of Ireland will issue 5-, 10-, and 20-pound notes, the backs of which feature the Diageo’s Bushmills whiskey distillery in celebration of the distillery’s 400th anniversary. Stephen Kirkpatrick, chief executive of Bank of Ireland Northern Ireland, said: “Because Bank of Ireland is one of the leading business banks in this region, we felt our new notes should feature a business that is symbolic both of our heritage and of our skill in crafting products for a global market.”

Interestingly enough, although all three notes bear the same date, the lowest denomination bears the signature of David McGowan, but the two other notes issued just one month later bear the signature of Stephen Kirkpatrick and a different title.



5 pounds (US$9.90)
Purple. Front: Bank of Ireland seal (Hibernia seated); six county shields. Back: Old Bushmills Distillery in County Antrim. Solid security thread. Watermark: Medusa head. 136 x 70 mm. 20th APRIL 2008. Signature: David McGowan, Chief Executive UK. Introduced 22.04.2008.



10 pounds (US$19.85)
Blue. Front: Bank of Ireland seal (Hibernia seated); six county shields. Back: Old Bushmills Distillery in County Antrim. Solid security thread. Watermark: Medusa head. 143 x 75 mm. 20th APRIL 2008. Signature: Stephen Kirkpatrick, Chief Executive NI. Introduced May 2008.



20 pounds (US$39.70)
Dark green. Front: Bank of Ireland seal (Hibernia seated); six county shields. Back: Old Bushmills Distillery in County Antrim. Solid security thread. Watermark: Medusa head. 150 x 80 mm. 20th APRIL 2008. Signature: Stephen Kirkpatrick, Chief Executive NI. Introduced May 2008.

Courtesy of Kai Hwong.

Northern Ireland new sig/date (04.04.2017) 20-pound note (B938h) confirmed

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Like B938g, but new signature (Les Matheson) and new date (4th APRIL 2017). Prefix Q.

Courtesy of Stefan Rombaut.