Denis O'Flynn Cork ca.1804

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Shopkeepers and merchants issued notes for low sums to compensate for the lack of coinage in the early 1800’s. Here is an example of an unissued note for 13 pence Irish (1 British Shilling) associated with a grocer based in Shandon Street, Cork. The monogram bears the initials ‘DOF’ and is thought to be that of Denis O’Flynn. Holden’s Directory of 1805 confirms the presence of Dennis Flinn, a grocer in Shandon Street.
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That is some good detective work there!
The design of this grocer bill is quite exotic and unlike any other Irish paper. A firm favorite of mine.
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Yes. The look of the 'Shandon Street' note is unique among Irish currency issues of the time. Is it known what he symbols on the top left and right are?
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Yes, those symbols are intriguing. I wonder could they have been used a security device? Here is a partly issued example of a 13d note (signed Denis O’Flyn !) with an 1804 date. The same symbols appear on this note. It would be interesting to see if other denominations from this issuer used different symbols.
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How many examples of these are known?
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ThePloughman wrote: 23 Aug 2022 23:50 How many examples of these are known?
Very few notes from this issuer are known although Paper Money of Ireland also mentions a 6½d note, which would have been equivalent to 6d British.
Btw, the Second Edition of Paper Money of Ireland has just been released. We should expect many interesting updates on the Irish Private Banks since the first edition in 2009.
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DOC wrote: 04 Sep 2022 13:55 Btw, the Second Edition of Paper Money of Ireland has just been released. We should expect many interesting updates on the Irish Private Banks since the first edition in 2009.
It will indeed be interesting to see the new stuff added to the second edition of the PMI book. I am hopeful for some new discoveries and pictures of currency bills too.
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ThePloughman wrote: 07 Sep 2022 02:48
DOC wrote: 04 Sep 2022 13:55 Btw, the Second Edition of Paper Money of Ireland has just been released. We should expect many interesting updates on the Irish Private Banks since the first edition in 2009.
It will indeed be interesting to see the new stuff added to the second edition of the PMI book. I am hopeful for some new discoveries and pictures of currency bills too.
I just received my copy of Paper Money of Ireland 2nd Edition :) There are several new additions to the Private Bank Section. Particularly significant is an image of the earliest known Irish banknote issued to bearer, dated 1732.
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1732 is a significant advance back in time over the previously record for the earliest note, which I believe was Dillon & Co. in Dublin.
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