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The Belfast Banking Company
Series B 1851-1920

Belfast Banking Company multibranch General Issue

Series B. [1851-1920] Multi-branch General Issue

All the branches of the bank are listed on each banknote in two wide columns on the left and the right. The number of branches listed varies over time, with 37 branches listed on a £1 dated 5.12.05, rising to 42 branches on a £1 dated 6.1.16. The vertical spacing between branches is reduced on later notes (Type D) to make room for extra branches as the need arises. DERRY is changed to LONDONDERRY sometime between 1905 and 1909.

Five Types by design variation

There are five Types by major design variation for Series B banknotes, which divide into several variations as listed below. There are many signature variations, and it is likely that other as yet unrecorded signatures exist on notes of all Types. Banknotes prior to Type D are generally rare.

Type A

belfast banking company one pound 1874

Type B
belfast bank one pound 1891belfast bank 1 pound 1891

Type C
belfast banking company limited one pound 1898

Type D
belfast banking company five pounds 1916belfast banking company limited 5 pounds 1917

Type E
belfast banking company limited 20 pounds 1917belfast bank 50 pounds 1917

Five Types

Type A. 1865. Belfast Banking Company. First multibranch General Issue design.
Design similar to Series A notes, but with 25 bank branches listed.
Type A1. “Ent’d” on bottom border of each note.
Type A2. 1867. “ESTABLISHED 1827 INCORPORATED 1865” on bottom border of each note.

Type B. 1879. Reverse printing introduced. Blue back now printed on all notes.

Type C. 1883. Bank title changed to Belfast Banking Company Limited. 35 branches.
All denominations except £1 notes redesigned. All observed serial Nos. 1–4 digits.

Type D. 1893. BELFAST DUBLIN added to all notes as principal offices of payment.
Type D1. Design similar to Type C.
Type D2. 1905. £1 Notes redesigned, with addition of blue central panel.
a. Branch WARRENPOINT stamped on lower right of banknote.
b. WARRENPOINT integrated into branch listings.

Type E. 1916. Gaps between branch bars removed in the two columns on either side to make more room for branches. 44 – 57 branches listed. • Version 2.1.0 • Last update • COPYRIGHT ©2000, 2009, 2015, M Mac Devitt. Reproduction with citation permitted.