Collectible European Paper Money
In 1971, Ireland’s Central Bank issued a series of banknotes commemorating Irish history. The 1977-1989 Ireland One-Pound for example, features a portrait of the legendary Queen Medb, celebrating the vigor of Celtic folklore. The warrior-queen of Connacht is most famous for starting the Táin Bó Cúailnge (The Cattle Raid of Cooley) to steal the prize bull of her nemesis--and ex-husband--Ulster. Pre-Christian geometric designs are colorfully displayed on the note’s reverse, along with an excerpt from Lebor na hUidre, the most ancient of all surviving Irish manuscripts.
While Ireland’s newest One-Pound notes were busy circulating, the Currency Centre (or Irish Mint) opened at Sandyford, Dublin in 1978. Thereafter, a large portion of Irish banknotes and coinage have been manufactured in Ireland, as opposed to commercial printers and the Royal Mint of Great Britain.
The Irish One-Pound Note was removed from circulation in 1990, displaced by a new pound coin. Less than a decade later, Ireland moved to replace the pound altogether, and by 2002, the Euro reigned supreme. To get a copy of the bygone Irish One-Pound, a lovely example of the currency of Europe, browse Provident Metals’ convenient website and take advantage of the most timely, reliable shipping in the market.