Ffrench's Bank, Charles & Co. Tuam, Co. Galway • 1812–1814 (AKA Tuam Bank)

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Ffrench's Bank, Charles & Co. Tuam, Co. Galway • 1812–1814 (AKA Tuam Bank)

Post by Mac » 08 Nov 2016 22:23

Tuam Bank.
Another one of the better known Irish private banks of which there are a good few notes extant.

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Tuam Bank One Guinea 1812

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Tuam Bank Three Guineas 1812

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Tuam Bank One Pound 1814

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Post by DOC » 03 Dec 2017 00:17

Here is an earlier version of the £1 note from this partnership.
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Post by ThePloughman » 03 Dec 2017 20:52

A few more denominations from the Tuam Bank.

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One Guinea and a Half 1812

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Tuam Bank 4 Guineas 1813 Post Bill

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Post by DOC » 29 Dec 2017 23:57

Here is a later example of the 1 Guinea note from this partnership dated 25th June 1813.
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Post by DOC » 30 Dec 2017 00:03

Here is a later type 30 Shillings from the same partnership dated 10th February 1814.
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Post by DOC » 13 Jan 2018 18:13

Here is a £3 Bank Post Bill from this partnership dated 29th February 1812. The note is signed by one of the partners William Keary.
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Post by DOC » 13 Jan 2018 18:23

Here is a £4 Bank Post Bill from this partnership dated 13th November 1811.
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Post by ThePloughman » 15 Jan 2018 13:11

Seems like this bank concentrated mostly on lower denominations and issued the full range of values.
Four Pounds is a nice interesting one to have.

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Post by DOC » 16 Jan 2018 20:21

Yes, many denominations were issued. The highest denomination I have seen for this bank is a £5 Post Bill, scan attached. This denomination is not mentioned in PMI so I suspect it is rare.
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Post by Mac » 16 Jan 2018 21:32

Definitely interesting to see a fiver for this bank, even if it is a Post Bill.

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Post by DOC » 28 Oct 2018 21:09

Ffrench's Bank was originally founded in Tuam in 1804 by Sir Thomas Ffrench. Here is a rare £1 note from 1809 with Thomas Ffrench as lead partner (now described as Rt Hon Lord Ffrench) and partners Henry Edmond Taafe, Michael Morris, William Keary and Hon Charles Ffrench.
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Post by ThePloughman » 28 Oct 2018 23:38

Interesting also to see that the design of this bill is different to the others picured.

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Post by DOC » 04 Nov 2018 21:59

Yes, the note has a different design but the vignette depicting a female figure is similar to that used on later notes. From the attached examples of the vignette from later Tuam and Dublin notes, it can be seen that the figure is surrounded by ears of wheat. It seems likely that the female figure is a representation of Ceres, Roman Goddess of the harvest.
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Post by Mac » 06 Nov 2018 19:47

The earlier viginette is a much stronger engraving. Were they cutting back on the print quality of the notes, I wonder!

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Post by DOC » 06 Nov 2018 20:56

Interesting point ! Things were not going well for Ffrench's Bank at the time the later note was issued (24th May 1814). The bank collapsed on June 27th 1814. :(

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Post by Mac » 07 Nov 2018 14:54

Something to watch out for, quality reduction in a banknote issue!

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