Sunday, June 5, 2011

Banknote of the Month - June 2011

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).

1 comment:

  1. Without a doubt a very attractive design!, disassociating the color and style of British banknotes (including Canadians and Australians) that seem to differ only in the numerical figure indicated.