Ffrench's Bank, Charles & Co. Dublin • 1812–1814

Banknotes issued by Irish Private Banks ca1700–ca1833
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Ffrench's Bank, Charles & Co. Dublin • 1812–1814

Post by Mac » 16 Oct 2016 22:51

The notes of this bank are among the more common of the Private banks' notes, and they turn up frequently.

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Ffrenchs Bank 1 Pound 1813

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Re: Ffrench's Bank, Charles & Co. Dublin. 1812–1814

Post by DOC » 21 Oct 2016 20:58

Two variants of the 1 Guinea note are known with different designs and partnership listings. Images attached. I have not seen the later type for the £1 notes.

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Re: Ffrench's Bank, Charles & Co. Dublin • 1812–1814

Post by Mac » 13 Nov 2016 19:26

Below is a Post Bill for Four Pounds.

Ffernch's Bank Post Bill for £4, 1814
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Re: Ffrench's Bank, Charles & Co. Dublin • 1812–1814

Post by Mac » 06 May 2017 17:36

A Three Pound note from Ffrench's Dublin bank.

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Re: Ffrench's Bank, Charles & Co. Dublin • 1812–1814

Post by DOC » 28 Oct 2018 20:59

Here is a 25 shillings note of the second design type, dated 10th February 1814.
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Re: Ffrench's Bank, Charles & Co. Dublin • 1812–1814

Post by DOC » 05 Nov 2018 20:01

Two designs have also been observed for Ffrench's Bank Dublin 30 Shillings notes, examples attached. The later design has a vignette of a female figure, probably Cerus, Roman Goddess of the Harvest.
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Re: Ffrench's Bank, Charles & Co. Dublin • 1812–1814

Post by DOC » 10 Nov 2018 13:22

I have noticed a third type for the Ffrench’s Bank Dublin 30 Shilling notes. This has the vignette of a female figure and the Hon. Martin Ffrench no longer listed as partner. This type is also associated with a change of address for the Bank (now No.13).

In 1814 the Post Office renumbered the Ormond Quay addresses and No.12 became No. 13. The address change transpired to be an unlucky one. On June 27th, the bank stopped payment and a commission of bankruptcy followed. On December 9th, 1814, Lord Ffrench committed suicide, in despair over the bank's failure.
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Re: Ffrench's Bank, Charles & Co. Dublin • 1812–1814

Post by Mac » 10 Nov 2018 22:08

The female figure is quite different in the third type. All other aspects of the note appear to be similar to the earlier type, apart from the removal of the partner.

I'm not sure I would put my money into a bank located at No.13!

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