The Limerick Soviet Shilling Notes – 1919 and 2019 – Gary Oddie

Shortly after the Irish war of Independence began in January 1919, several areas declared themselves as self-governing Soviets. When Limerick was declared a Special Military area by the British army on 9 April, a general strike was called to start on the 14th and the Limerick Soviet began. Negotiations brought an end to the strike on 27 April. From 15-27 April a series of 1, 5 and 10 shilling notes were issued, and these are well-known to collectors. 

Less well known are the 1, 5 and 10 shilling notes that were issued in Limerick for the centenary celebrations. The notes circulated in several Limerick shops and businesses, exchanging at 1 shilling = 1 euro, and ceased circulation at midnight on 1 May 2019. There are similarities with the British Transition Town notes such as the Bristol, Lewes or Totnes Pounds.

One thought on “The Limerick Soviet Shilling Notes – 1919 and 2019 – Gary Oddie

  1. Just a quick addition to the list of serial numbers known for the 1919 issue. One shilling no 375 appeared as lot 397 of “The Collector’s Cabinet” auction 28 May 2022. Old Bray Road, Woodbrook, Bray, Co. Dublin, A98 RP79, Ireland.

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