Finlay's Bank, Dublin • 1754–1829

Banknotes issued by Irish Private Banks ca1700–ca1833
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Finlay's Bank, Dublin • 1754–1829

Post by Mac » 26 Feb 2015 16:10

A visitor to the Dublin Coin Fair in February asked me about Finlay's bank.

A bit of research suggests that there were three different registrations of Finlay's bank in Dublin, with changes in the partners.

1754-1778
1778-1816
1816-1829

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Finlay's Bank 20 Pounds


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Finlay's Bank 5 Guineas

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Re: Finlay's Bank, Dublin • 1754–1829

Post by DOC » 01 Dec 2018 10:18

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 two examples posted previously appear to be issued notes which have been cancelled. The 1798 example has the signature area removed while the £20 note is unusual in having several details crossed out.
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Re: Finlay's Bank, Dublin • 1754–1829

Post by DOC » 08 Dec 2018 13:01

Here is a £10 unissued note from this bank with Thomas Finlay as lead partner. An interesting feature is the counterfoil on the left, a useful feature for recording details when notes were issued. It reminds me of the counterfoil on modern day cheque books.
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Re: Finlay's Bank, Dublin • 1754–1829

Post by Mac » 08 Dec 2018 23:50

You don't often see them with the counterfoil.
Where it was cut off seems to be a bit random. The £20 above has all of the left side design intact, whilst the 5 guinea has had most of that design feature cut away.

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Re: Finlay's Bank, Dublin • 1754–1829

Post by ThePloughman » 14 Dec 2018 01:31

DOC wrote:
01 Dec 2018 10:18
the orderly wind down of its operation in 1829 with full payment of issued notes outstanding.
An orderly wind down of operations was surely unusual for a private bank of that era!

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