1713 Sight Note (£28, 1s & 4d) James Swift. The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland.

Irish Banknote Guide: James Swift & Co (Dublin) 1721-1746

Introduction: James Swift registered his bank in Dublin in 1721 but he was operating in Dublin beforehand, probably as a Goldsmith notory or banker of some description – as can be seen by this ‘sight note’ from Sir Francis Child (a London Goldsmith and banker). Sight note, 14 May 1713, ‘At three days sight pay…

1833 £5 Gibbons & Williams, Dublin, S/N 1042, dated 1st September 1833. The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland.

Irish Banknote Guide: Five Pounds (Gibbons & Williams’ Bank) 1833

Gibbons & Williams Bank: Gibbons & Williams was one of the last private banks to be founded in Ireland. Founded in 1833, it spectacularly collapsed in 1835 when the senior partner, Hutchins Thomas Williams, was found to have been embezzling client funds. James Gibbons had parted company with him in 1834 and wasn’t involved in…

1797 Killarney, William Murphy, Sixpence ha'penny, 7 March 1797, signed by William Murphy. The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland.

Early Irish Banknotes: Killarney, William Murphy (Sixpence ha’penny) 1797

The Killarney Bank: This ‘bank’ does not appear to have ever been registered and, if the stories about are anything to go by, its lack of official registration is easily explained. The bank was run by one William Murphy – a saddler in the town of Killarney – and his notes were used as small…