Ireland joined the Euro and abandoned its own currency. These Crisp Uncirculated 5 Punt
notes are from the last design before the changeover.(P75)
They are quite small with a portrait of Catherine McAulay in the foreground and a view of
the Misericordiae Hospital in Dublin in the background. She was a nun who established the
Sisters of Mercy in 1831. This order was long associated with education . The back depicts a
schoolroom with an extract from a poem by Antoine O’Riafteiri on the blackboard. These are
all dated in the 1990’s and are in Crisp Uncirculated.
These £5 notes are dated 1974 and were issued by the Central Bank of Ireland
(P65c.)They come from what was effectively a brand new pack of notes which
had seen no circulation. Because of the way they were stored over the years, they have
a gentle roll fold which means the notes must grade EF despite having seen no circulation.
I think they’re lovely!
They feature the portrait of Lady Hazel Lavery. Her husband Sir John Lavery used
her as his model for the Irish Colleen which he was commissioned to depict for the
note issue of the newly independent Republic of Ireland in the 1920’s. This series was
known forever after as the Lady Lavery Series. It was eventually replaced in the late
1970’s with new designs so these notes are close to the end. £75 each and lovely!