Ulster Bank multibranch General Issues
Issued examples of banknotes of Type A and Type C are rare. Specimens and proofs are also scarce. Type H £1 notes are relatively easy to obtain.
Series B. [1852-1919] Multi-branch General Issue
Large sized banknote. Uniface. All branches listed in two columns on the left and right side of each banknote.
The number of branches listed on the notes increases as time goes on, with branches being added at the bottom of each side column, out of alphabetical order. Correct alphabetical order is restored periodically by means of a new printing plate.
Nine Types by design variation
There are nine Types by major design variation for Series B banknotes, as listed below.
Type A. 1852. Ulster Banking Company Belfast at bottom. 18 branches listed initially. Only £1 notes have been seen.
A1. 1852. Initial issue, printed by Charles Skipper & East.
Denominations seen, £1.
Type B. 1857. Ulster Banking Company Belfast at bottom. 18 branches listed, in solid lettering on £5 notes, and in outline lettering on the other denominations.
All known examples are Specimens or proofs. Denominations other than those listed may exist.
B1. 1857. Printers, Perkins Bacon.
£1, £5, £10, £20.
Type C. 1861. Ulster Banking Company Belfast omitted from bottom. 21 branches listed.
Other denominations may exist.
C1. 1861. Printers, Charles Skipper & East.
Type D. 1862. Ulster Banking Company. Twin head offices introduced: Belfast Dublin at bottom.
Most known banknotes are Specimens. Denominations other than those listed may exist.
Type E. 1883. Overprint on earlier-dated notes. 'ING COMPANY' of bank title crossed out, and text added 'LIMITED AS FROM 1 SEP. 1883' as overstamp. Otherwise design the same as Type C.
Type F. 1883. Bank title changed to Ulster Bank Limited in 1883. Belfast Dublin at bottom.
Design similar to Type C, but bank title altered to reflect the bank's incorporation as a limited liability company.
£1, £5, £10.
Type F1. Prefix of letter over letter introduced on £1 notes introduced in place of single letter prefix from ca.1902.
Type G. 1907. Denomination in central panel changed to solid ink in place of outline, creating better contrast on £1 notes.
Type H. 1907. Style of bank title and 'BELFAST' 'DUBLIN' on bottom changed to script. Denomination in central panel changed to solid ink in place of outline, creating better contrast.
Colour on £5 notes changed to green, colour on £10 notes changed to red.
Denomination on left and right of central vignette on £5 notes changed from upper case letters to numerals.
£1, £5, £10, £20.
Extra branches have been observed added outside of the main block after 1910 as follows:
1. ca.1914 Extra branch added in bottom border; CLOGHER.
2. ca.1916 Extra branches added in bottom border; CLOGHER, EDGEWORTHSTOWN
3. ca.1917 More extra branches added; CLOGHER, EDGEWORTHSTOWN, GORTIN, KILLYLEAGH, DRAPERSTOWN.
4. 1917 All branches integrated into main blocks. GORTIN & KILLYLEAGH not in alphabetical order.
Type I. 1919. Branches changed from upper case bold lettering to outline lettering on £5 notes.