Series B (1976/82 - 1989/ 93)

Irish Writers, Philosophers and Artists

In 1976 the Central Bank introduced an entirely new series of notes which progressively replaced the Lady Lavery notes (Series A), although this new series never featured a £100 note. Each denomination featured a different writer or philosopher from Irish history. Signatories titles now in Gaelic only.

£1 Note: Queen Medb (Maeve)

£1 Front£1 Back

Reverse side: Extract from Lebor na hUidre
Colour: Green and Red
Size: 148 x 78 mm
Security feature: Watermark (Female Head)
Metal Security Thread
Date on first notes: 10/6/77
Date on last notes: 13/9/89

£5: Johannes Scotus Erigena

£5 Front£5 Back

Reverse side: Extract from the Book of Kells
Colour: Brown
Size: 156 x 82 mm
Security feature: Watermark (Female Head)
Metal Security Thread
Date on first notes:26/2/76
Date on last notes:7/5/93

£ 10: Jonathan Swift

£10 Front£10 Back

Reverse side:Detail of 1756 Dublin street map
Colour: Purple
Size: 164 x 86 mm
Security feature: Watermark (Female Head)
Metal Security Thread
Date on first notes: 1/6/78
Date on last notes: 15/4/92

£ 20: William Butler Yeats

£20 Front£20 Back

Reverse Side: Map of the Blasket Islands
Colour: Blue
Size: 172 x 90 mm
Security feature: Watermark (Female Head)
Metal Security Thread
Date on first notes: 7/1/80
Date on last notes: 14/2/92

£ 50: Turlough O Carolan

£50 Front£50 Back

Reverse side: Wood carvings in organ loft of St.Michans Church
Colour: Reds and Browns
Size: 180 x 94 mm
Security feature: Watermark (Female Head)
Metal Security Thread
Date on first notes: 1/11/82
Date on last notes: 5/11/91