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Dublin & Westport Branch Bank of Ireland 1838 New Hibernia & Medusa Heads One Pound

ID Number: 173
Category: Irish & World Paper Money
Catalogue Number: Blake BA.31, Pick 35
Grade: PMG Fine 12
Weight: 235 x 126 mm.
Date: 7 May 1838
Denomination: One Pound
Pedigree: Bob Blake Collection
Price: $20K.
Additional Details
Bank of Ireland 8th Issue, 1838 - 1842, Twenty one classical Medusa Heads across the top, w two 75 mm high standing portraits of Hibernia to the sides.  Date, 7 May 1838, the only date for Dublin and Westport, and the first year of issue for the new design type; Serial No. A / G 51541 left and 51541 A / G right; signature A. Brett.

Blake BA 31; Pick 35, the listing in Pick is abbreviated, w no mention the branches, of which there are only two, Galway, and Westport; 219 x 126 mm.; uniface, black on white.  Watermarked paper, large central BANK OF / IRELAND curved 2 lines w date 1838 between, the date the paper was made.

PMG Fine 12.  A well preserved large margined early branch banknote, the first year of issue for the new Medusa Heads notes, whose basic design survived thru 1985.  Free of marks; an ink spot to the back; miscellaneous light foxing; worn left edge w two small margin tears, two very tiny pin holes on the left.  Extremely Rare and important, perhaps one other early issue note is known for the Westport Branch, which still survives today.  $20K.

Ex Bob Blake Collection, DNW 2 Oct 2008, L.46.  This note was the stand alone cover note for the first sale of the Blake Collection, which would form the basis for some 8 sales.  It is photographed in Blake and Callaway's book on the Banknotes of Ireland, published 2009, by Pam West, p. 110.
Obverse side
Princess Kaiulani Collection
Reverse side
Princess Kaiulani Collection
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