Happy New Year!
We sincerely apologise for letting the blogging side of things go a bit stagnant over the last few months…although, there’s been lot’s of changes at RobertsWorldMoney since Katie was busy getting married and settling into her new home… Although, I suppose I am the one to blame for that: I’m Jack, Katie’s husband and newest assistance to the RWM team! I have helped Katie in the past with designing Instagram posts and making videos, but this is my first blog!
Katie and I will still be trying to help with RWM while we are in England. Therefore, I thought it would be appropriate to start this years’ blogs by featuring a note from nearby, Ireland. Which, may I add, is also the ONLY ONE IN STOCK that we have on our website!
Just over a decade ago, in 1999 (the year in which Westminster passed power onto Belfast) Ireland introduced the Euro as it’s currency. Before this, money in Ireland was unique and exciting: It has rich history dating back to the vikings: King Silkbeard (Sihtric the 3rd) ordered the first Irish coins to be made in Dublin, in 997AD. These coins were copies of coins issued by the king of England at the time, and whenever the Anglo-Saxon king redesigned his coinage over the next two decades, the vikings issued copy-cat versions too.
Coins in Ireland flourished, however when the Anglo-Normans arrived on the island, dramatic changes occurred. King John ordered that the new Irish coins be made in Kilkenny, Limerick and Waterford, rather than Dublin. Not only this, but their weight and design were different too: In the 13th century, a triangle (rather than a circle) enclosed the reigning monarch’s head (this occurred only on Irish currency)
A few centureies later, in 1460, a new era of irish currency begun. There were now a range of denominations, these coins were struck not just in Dublin and the main cities of Cork, Galway and Limerick, but also in smaller regional centres such as Drogheda and Dublin. 70 years after that, English monarch Henry VIII declared himself King of Ireland, and another new series of Irish coins was launched this time with the Celtic harp making its first appearance on Irish currency (it still appears on Irish Euro coins).
Coins remained king in Ireland, until 1800, when the Act of Union attached Ireland politically to the rest of Britain. This of course led to Ireland’s distinctive coins becoming valueless. Fast forward to the 20th century, following its seperation from the United kingdom, the Free Irish State issued new coinage and banknotes. These notes were designed by Sir John Lavery and featured a portrait of his wife, Hazel Lavery. This currency was know as the Saorstát (Free State) shilling, however, after 1938 this was simply known as the Irish pound.
Which brings me nicely to this beautiful 10 shilling note from the 1940’s…The things this note must have seen! The striking, orange note of course features Lady Lavery, a Chicago-born artist, who married Sir Lavery in 1909 and also a traditional celtic drawing of a face on the back. These images are what makes the note so significant and meaningful: these depict what Ireland has prided itself on for thousands of years; it’s unique heritage.
While this particular banknote is an “only one” we have several different denomanations and yearsfeaturing Lady Lavery.