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