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Banknotes of the Irish Private Banks
William Tennant and Co. Belfast Commercial Bank.
1809-1827 merged

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Belfast Commercial Bank - 3 Series, 4 Partnerships



Tennant's Bank


The Belfast Commercial Bank was established on 1st June 1809. The original partners were William Tennant, Robert Callwell, Robert Bradshaw, John Cunningham, John Thompson and John Stewart. The Bank went through a number of partnership changes before merging with the Belfast Bank of Narcissus Batt & Co. (formerly David Gordon & Co.) on 1 August 1827 to form The Belfast Banking Company.


Tennant's Bank Note issues


Tennant's Bank was an important note-issuing bank in the north east of Ireland in the early 1800s. Together with the two other banks established in Belfast around the same time, Gordon's Bank (est.1808) and Montgommery's Bank (est.1809), it's note issues replaced gold coin in circulation.

Issued banknotes of Tennant's Bank are very rare. A few examples of proof and specimen notes are known.


Three Series of notes known

There are three Series by design, and four Types by partnership.
Series 1. Denominations recorded: £1.
Series 2. New design. Denominations recorded: 1 Guinea, 35 Shillings.
Series 3. New modern design. Denominations in British Pounds.

Four Types by partnership.
Type A. 1809-1815. William Tennant, Robert Callwell, Robert Bradshaw, John Cunningham, John Thompson, John Stewart.
Type B. 1821-1822. William Tennant, Robert Callwell, Robert Bradshaw, John Cunningham, John Thompson.
Type C. 1823-1824. William Tennant, Robert Callwell, John Thompson, James Luke, John Thompson Jnr.
Type D. 1824-1827. William Tennant, Robert Callwell, James Luke, John Thompson Jnr.

Denominations recorded: £1, 25 Shillings, 30 Shillings, £20. Others likely


Series 1, Type A

Ireland, National Bank Limited, One Pound 1922
Belfast Commercial Bank, William Tennant & Co., One Pound, 13th July 1811

This note was payable in Dublin at Messrs. Croker, Darling & Co. This agent was based at the time in Townsend Street, Dublin.


Series 2, Type D

Belfast Commercial Bank. One Guinea 1825
Belfast Commercial Bank, Tennant's, One Guinea, 4th March 1825


Belfast Commercial Bank. 35 Shillings
Belfast Commercial Bank, 35 Shillings Proof, ca1824-1825



Series 3, Type D

Belfast Commercial Bank. One Pound Proof ca1826
Belfast Commercial Bank, One Pound Proof, ca1826. Denominated in Pounds British


Belfast Commercial Bank. 25 Shillings 1826
Belfast Commercial Bank, 25 Shillings Proof, ca1826. Denominated in Pounds British

Belfast Commercial Bank. 20 Pounds 1826
Belfast Commercial Bank, 20 Pound Note Proof, ca1826. Denominated in Pounds British, with 'British' spelt in an older style using a ligature for sh




References
Young, D. (March-April, 1981). The Private Banks and Their Notes, Belfast Commercial Bank 1809-1827, Irish Numismatics Magazine, No. 80. pp. 99-101.






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