Mallow Bank 1801-1835

Banknotes issued by Irish Private Banks ca1700–ca1833
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Mallow Bank 1801-1835

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The Mallow Bank had a reasonably good innings. The bank was taken over by the Provincial bank of Ireland in 1835

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Mallow Bank unissued One guinea note, early 1800s.

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Mallow Bank Three Pounds 1831 (it looks like 1831, not sure).
The design of this note resembles that of Bank of Ireland notes of the same era. It is one of the more attractive private bank notes of the era.
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Here's a 25 Shilling note issued by the Mallow bank in 1816.

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‘Silver’ notes for small denominations were issued in Ireland in the early 1800’s to compensate for the lack of coinage or specie during the Napoleonic Wars. Here is a curious example for One Shilling Seven Pence Half-Penny issued by Mallow Bank. The partners at the time would have been Robert De La Cour and William Galwey but they are not mentioned on the note. The strange denomination equates to 1/14th of a Guinea.
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Here is a One Pound 1833.
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Interesting to see no partners on the 1833 £1.

Here is a silver note for 9 Shillings with partners Robert De La Cour and William Galwey issued in the early days of Mallow Bank.
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DOC wrote: 21 Nov 2020 13:20Interesting to see no partners on the 1833 £1.
Indeed. Could the bank have had just one partner at this time?
We have seen this also in the case of the Bank of Kingscourt, no partners' names printed on the note.

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I just realised, the date on the note is 1833, after the point at which the bank was no longer required to list its partners on notes!
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The 1833 £1 note above has serial number Y3073 which suggests it is part of a long run of £1 notes issued by this bank. Here is an example of a £1 note issued in 1834 with serial number 554. The resetting of the serial number is in line with a design change with ‘ONE POUND’ now in solid black text.
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That seems to be the only change in the design. A bit like Gibbons and Williams making small changes on their bills.
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Three note issuing partnerships are known for Mallow Bank as follows:
A) Robert De La Cour, William Galwey (1801-1815)
B) Robert De La Cour, Richard Tonson Cuthbert (1815-1823)
C) Robert De La Cour (1823-1835)

Here are examples of Type B and Type C 30 shilling notes. The Type B note is a contemporary forgery but comparing it to the genuine Type C note, it can be seen that the forgery is faithful to the original design.
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It's a good forgery, a bit low grade. And that's a high number on the genuine bill, don't often see them that high on these private notes.
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Here is a decent example of a later design 30 shilling note from 1834, with Robert de la Cour as sole partner.
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Here is an earlier type £1 note, issued in 1821, by the Mallow Bank, Robert De La Cour & Co. The partner’s names are listed and the note promises to pay J. Lee or Bearer on demand. From observation, Irish private bank notes issued in 1821-1822, are very rare, presumably a result of the fallout from the 1820 Banking Crisis.
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This note of 1821 above is interesting in that it is denominated as ‘Twenty Shillings’, with later £1 notes being ‘One Pound’.

Also, interesting to note is that the design of the Mallow Bank Silver note for 9 Shillings in an earlier post is similar to that of the Malahide Bank silver notes; particularly in the type style used for the bank title. Quite a coincidence.
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