Country: Northern Ireland (UK)
Issuer: Bank of Ireland, Belfast
Denomination: 100 Pounds Sterling
Date: March 1st, 2005
Type of Note: Private banknote, "payable to bearer on demand", backed by UK/British Pounds on deposit.
This week I have yet another note from Northern Ireland - I am really on a kick with these because there are so many different varieties. This particular note is a fairly recent 100 Pounds from the Bank of Ireland, Belfast. It is a private bank which has an arrangement with the Bank of England to emit its own banknotes, backed by Pound Sterling. The reason I think it is so attractive is that it incorporates a colorful and vibrant design with traditional and officious appearance. Modernity and tradition do not have to be mutually exclusive. The six crests/shields near the top are a great touch and in general I think its a very tasteful banknote (even if it is still just un-backed fiat paper, haha).