Northern Bank multibranch General Issue
Issued notes of Type A are very rare, as are examples of Type B prior to ca1900. Proofs and specimens of earlier issues are available to collectors.
Series B [1857-1920] Multi-branch General Issue
All branches of the bank listed on each banknote. Banknotes printed on both sides. Head Office Belfast.
Three Types by design variation
There are three Types by major design variation for Series B banknotes, as listed below.
Type A. 1857-73. Northern Banking Company. Bank branches listed in the borders of each banknote on £1 notes, and on the top and bottom borders of higher denominations. 13 Branches appear on a Proof £20 dated 1857. The number of branches increases with time.
Extra branches were added at various locations on some banknotes as follows:
a. ca1873 BALBRIGGAN, DUNGARVAN, HILLSBOROUGH, OLDCASTLE, STROKESTOWN, BALLINAMORE, CUSHENDALL, FIVEMILETOWN.
Type B. 1883. Bank title changed to Northern Banking Company Limited in 1883.
BELFAST DUBLIN added as the principal offices of the bank in 1888.
Denominations recorded: £1, £5, £10, £20.
Extra branches were added at various locations on some banknotes. The combinations listed have been observed so far. Certain combinations occur on specific denominations. Extra branches are integrated into the main blocks on the banknote borders on some denominations. This gives an indication of when some of the denominations were printed.
1. ca.1873 BALBRIGGAN, DUNGARVIN, HILLSBOROUGH, OLDCASTLE, STROKESTOWN, BALLINAMORE, CUSHENDALL, FIVEMILETOWN
2. ca.1900 BRAY, DUNGLOE
3. ca.1905 DRUMSHAMBO, HOLLYWOOD
4. ca.1908 ELPHIN (BERAGH stamped on by hand)
5. ca.1912 BERAGH
6. ca.1914 KELLS
7. ca.1913 BERAGH, KELLS
8. ca.1913 KINGSCOURT, BERAGH, SHERCOCK, KELLS
9. ca.1916 KINGSCOURT, BERAGH, SHERCOCK, KELLS, ARMOY, NEWCASTLE
10. ca.1916 ARMOY, NEWCASTLE
11. ca.1918 KINGSCOURT, BERAGH, SHERCOCK, KELLS, ARMOY, NEWCASTLE, BOYLE, OMAGH, DUNGANNON, PORTAFERRY, AUGHNACLOY, BALLYMONEY, MILFORD
12. ca.1919 KELLS, ARMOY, NEWCASTLE, BOYLE, OMAGH, DUNGANNON, PORTAFERRY, AUGHNACLOY, BALLYMONEY, MILFORD, CARRICKMACROSS, MAGHERA, PORTADOWN.
Type C. 1918. Branches listed in the centre of each banknote in several lines on £1, £5, £10, £20 notes.
The design of all denominations produced by the Northern Bank was modernised to make room for a greater number of branches by listing them in several lines in the centre of each note rather than along the borders.