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Irish Papermoney Historical Timeline
All Ireland 1850-1920

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Historical Timeline of Irish Paper Money
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All Ireland ca1850

Old Banknotes: Introduction of Multi-Branch Issues


All banks with the right of note issue were required to list the branch of payment on each banknote. Around 1850 banknotes of the Bank of Ireland began to appear with several branches on each note. This practice was swiftly adopted by the other banks, leading to the multi-branch note issues.

The earliest recorded instance of an issued multibranch note for each of the banks is as follows: Bank of Ireland, 1852; National Bank, 1870; Ulster Bank, 1852; Northern Bank, 1866; Provincial Bank of Ireland, 1870; Belfast Banking Company, 1874. Earlier multibranch notes likely existed for some of these banks.

By the 1860s six of the larger Joint Stock banks had the right of note issue. They were: Bank of Ireland; National Bank; Ulster Bank; Northern Bank; Provincial Bank of Ireland; Belfast Banking Company. A seventh bank, the Agricultural and Commercial Bank failed in 1840.


Bank of Ireland 5 Pounds 1856Northern Banking Company 1 Pound 1866Ulster Banking Company Five Pounds 1857
Provincial Bank of Ireland Two Pounds 1860Belfast Banking company One Pound 1909Ireland National Bank 3 Pounds
Bank of Ireland One Pound 1869



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