Ulster Bank Notes Pre-1929

Banknote issues preceding the Irish Government issues. Joint Stock Banks. Private Banks.
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Ulster Bank Notes Pre-1929

Post by DOC » 02 Dec 2017 23:52

Hi Mac,

Nice job on the 1918-1928 pre-partition all-Ireland issues.
I attach scans for two other signature variants on Ulster Bank £1 notes, Robert Russell and James Ussher.
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Post by DOC » 15 Jun 2019 11:42

Here are two attractive colour proofs for the £1 notes: a branchless general issue note from ca.1920 and a multi-branch note from ca.1883.
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Post by DOC » 23 Jun 2019 10:48

Here are examples of Ulster Bank proof £100 notes, showing an interesting transition from multi-branch to branchless general issue notes. The example from 1904 shows all the branches, the 1918 proof is a transitional design with the branches in the side panels replaced by ‘One Hundred’. The design was modified again in 1920 and was ultimately used as the basis for the 1929 Northern Ireland Issue.
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Post by Mac » 23 Jun 2019 23:10

The 1918 transitional proof is interesting. Always nice to see the construction proofs that show the evolution of a design.

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Post by DOC » 05 Oct 2019 15:10

Here is an early Ulster Bank £1 note which turned up recently at auction. It appears to have suffered fire damage. Amazingly, this is the second example observed for this date which could well be the first date of the Series. It is the earliest example I have seen for of an issued multi-branch note from any of the Irish Joint Stock banks. Despite the damage, the signature is clearly visible and appears to be that of James Heron, a director of the bank at that time.

This type of note appears to be a previously undocumented type having no outline ‘ONE’ and printed by Charles Skipper & East, London. The proof notes of 1857 are similar in design with 18 branches but were printed by Perkins Bacon & Co.
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Post by Mac » 08 Oct 2019 22:50

A pity about the grade! Even with the damage, it is still a presentable note, and remains redeemable at its face value!
The low serial number suggests that it is close to the start of its run, unless there was a run with just numbers and no prefix, which could have had an earlier date.

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Post by DOC » 13 Oct 2019 11:01

It is possible that there is an earlier date without prefix. We may never know for sure as PMI reports that many of the bank’s early records, including most of the note registers, were lost when the Head Office was destroyed in 1941 during World War II.

Here is the other known example of the 1st July 1852 date. This is signed by Thomas Ringland who appears to have occupied the role of Secretary of the Bank at the time this note was issued. An example of an 1857 proof £1 note is also shown for comparison.
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