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 Posted 12/02/2021  2:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Orac to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Not many overprints on US notes.
My S overprint 1934 $1.
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 Posted 01/25/2022  8:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Orac to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here is one of my Irish wartime overprints, Letter G on a 10 note. Called the War Code, ETO code, or SIM code, depending on which books you read.
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 Posted 01/25/2022  8:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Orac to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
And just for fun, here is an S overprint on an Irish note, to go with the S Silver Certificate in the previous post.

This is the first date for the Central Bank of Ireland 10 overprints, and the 1944 G 10 note above is the final date with overprint code.

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 Posted 01/26/2022  10:58 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CelticKnot to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@Orac, what do the overprints mean on those notes?
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 Posted 02/01/2022  1:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Orac to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@CelticKnot

The overprints were used on Irish banknotes printed and issued during World War 2 to keep track of each print run during the production and delivery of the notes. When a batch was completed, the code letter would be changed.

Each batch of banknotes was printed with a specific code letter in a circle as an extra security feature. The notes were printed in Britain and transported by train and then ship to Ireland.

The Irish Issuing Authority, Currency Commission Ireland (1940-1942), and Central Bank of Ireland (1943-44) instructed the printers to use specific code letters on each print order. The choice of code letters was made more or less at random and the colours of the letters were also varied.

The code letters made it easy to cancel a batch of notes if any were lost during production and delivery.

The Irish banknotes website has a comprehensive write up on the Irish World War 2 Banknote Issues, including the background story of their development.

The Irish war code notes are a great variety in Irish notes from a collecting perspective, with 26 different codes to collect on 5 denominations of notes up to 20.



Similar special markings were also used on banknotes of the Banque de Syrie et du Liban during the war.
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 Posted 02/01/2022  2:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Orac to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here is a pic of the lowest denomination, 10 Shillings. This one also illustrates a banknote issued ubder the Currency Commission Ireland.

The issuing authority title was changed to Central Bank of Ireland on notes from 1943.


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 Posted 02/01/2022  4:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Lighthouse250 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
All I have here at hand is this one from the Pick Matches Grade set.

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 Posted 02/01/2022  4:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Lighthouse250 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I also have a whole truck ton of different overprint varieties from Bolivia 1987. That would warrant a thread of its own, some day
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 Posted 02/01/2022  5:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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All I have here at hand is this one from the Pick Matches Grade set.
Excellent!
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 Posted 02/06/2022  11:11 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Orac to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The highest denomination Irish World War 2 overprint is the 20 note.

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 Posted 02/07/2022  10:17 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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The highest denomination Irish World War 2 overprint is the 20 note.
Very nice!
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