Obverse side of a Series A £50 note, showing the female figure taken to be Lady Lavery, wife of artist Sir John Lavery

The Oireachtas Library & Research Service is marking 90 years since the first Irish state banknotes were entered into circulation. This month’s document in the display case is the 1929 report of the Currency Commission, which had been established to oversee the production and issue of the new currency.

The legal tender notes were issued on 10 September 1928, and were known as the “Lady Lavery” banknotes. The female figure on the banknotes were designed by Sir John Lavery.

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