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Banknotes of the Irish Private Banks
Findlay's Bank, Dublin
1754-1829 closed

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Finlay's Bank - 1 Series, 4 Partnerships



Findlay's Bank - A solid Dublin bank


At the time of its closure Finlay & Company were one of the oldest banks in Dublin. The bank first operated from a premesis at Jervis Quay, Dublin. In 1767 its address changed to12 Upper Ormond Quay, Dublin. In 1804 the bank relocated to 21 Jervis Street, Dublin.

The senior partnership in the bank passed from Thomas Finlay to his son John in 1778.

Many of the partners of the bank were well connected in Dublin society, politics and banking. Robert Law was a director of the Bank of Ireland during his tenure as a partner in Finlay's. More detailed information on the background of Finlay's bank and its partners can be found in Irish Numismatics, No 51, May-June 1976.


Finlay's Bank Note issues


Finlay’s Bank is reputed to have been a significant issuer of banknotes over its long history but today its notes are scarce, particularly in issued form. The reason for this may be due to the orderly wind down of its operation in 1829 with full payment of issued notes outstanding.

The bank’s note issue in the early 1800s was modest in comparison to that of other private banks of the era, with a reported issue of £33,461 in the year ending 25 March 1800, rising steadily to £67,700 in the year ending 5 Jan 1804. The bank tended to favour the issue of higher denomination notes until in 1803 it started issuing significant quantities of notes in low denominations under 3 Guineas.

Findlay’s ceased issuing notes in 1826.

One Series of notes seen

There is one Series by design and four Types by partnership. Other series and partnerships are likely.

Four Types by partnership.
Type A. 1754-1773. Thomas Finlay, Arthur Jones Nevill, Benjamin Greale, John Hunt.
Type B. 1773-1778. Thomas Finlay, Richard Nevill, Benjamin Greale, John Hunt.
Type C. 1778-ca1816. John Finlay, Richard Nevill, Joseph Lynman, John Geale, John Lynman.
Type D. ca1816-1829. Thomas Finlay (Jr), Robert Law, Michael Law.

Denominations recorded: 5 Guineas, £5, £10, £20. Others likely.


Series 1, Type C

Thomas Finlay & Co. 5 Guineas 1798, John Finlay, Richard Nevill, Joseph Lynman, John Geale, John Lynman
John Finlay & Co., 5 Guineas, 18th January 1798, John Finlay, Richard Nevill, Joseph Lynman, John Geale, John Lynman


Series 1, Type D

Thomas Finlay & Co. 5 Guineas 1825, Thomas Finlay (Jr), Robert Law, Michael Law
Thomas Finlay & Co., 5 Guineas, 12th July 1825, Thomas Finlay (Jr), Robert Law, Michael Law

The date on this note is indistinct, with the numeral 5 added by hand. The serial number on the note is 1224

Finlay & Co. unissued 10 Pounds ca1815-1826
Thomas Finlay & Co., £10, ca1815-1826, unissued


Thomas Finlay & Co. cancelled note £20, Thomas Finlay,  Robert Law, Michael Law
Finlay's Bank, £20, ca1816-1826, cancelled note, Thomas Finlay (Jr), Robert Law, Michael Law




References

Young, D. (May-June 1976). "The Private Banks and Their Notes, Finlay & Co., Dublin. 1754-1829", Irish Numismatics Magazine, No. 51, pp101-103.





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