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The Hibernian Bank Ltd. 1929-1940

Two Types, by signature

Type 1H. H. J. Campbell 1929-1939. £1, £5, £10, £20
Type 2H. A. K. Hodges 1939-1940. £1, £5, £10

The Hibernian Bank


The Bank was founded as The Hibernian Joint Stock and Annuity Company in April 1825. It changed its name later to The Hibernian Bank. The bank aimed itself primarily at the Dublin business community.

Bank of Ireland opposed any attempts by The Hibernian Bank to acquire the right to issue banknotes of its own. The Hibernian issued Tokens, engraved on stamped paper, signed and dated. Although legal, these were withdrawn following their opposition by Bank of Ireland. It also issued other banknote-type instruments.

In 1844, the Hibernian again tried unsuccessfully to obtain the right of note issue. Any further attempts to obtain the right to issue its own notes were prevented by the 1845 Act.

The Bank received the right to issue its own Banknotes in 1929, when it issued Consolidated Banknotes in the Irish Free State.

Being a relatively small bank, the Hibernian allocation (£439,000) of Ploughman notes was comparitively modest. Hibernian Ploughman notes are medium scarce in general. Hodges signature Ploughman Hibernian One Pound notes are the only second signature notes available to collectors, as £5 and £10 notes of the signature were never issued.

The Hibernian Bank was taken over by Bank of Ireland in 1958.

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2 Hibernian Bank

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