Ipswich 19th Century private bank notes displayed at museum

Cobbold Ipswich bank note
Image caption The Cobbold bank note is associated with the brewing family in Ipswich

Two bank notes issued by private banks in Ipswich about 200 years ago are to go on display in a museum.

They were bought at auction by the borough council for between £1,000 and £1500 for the pair, using money from a bequest.

One is an 1807 £1 note issued by Ralph Holden, Sanders & Co, the other an unused 1820 £10 Bacon, Cobbold, Dunningham and Cobbold note.

Both are on display at the museum in the town.

The Ralph Holden, Sanders & Co note, dated 10 January 1807, was the subject of a court case at the Old Bailey in London in its year of issue when it was alleged it was a forgery as Ralph Holden did not exist.

However, the two defendants were found not guilty as the note was "issued in the ordinary course of trade".

The £10 note is associated with the Cobbold family, bankers and brewers of Ipswich.

Philip Wise from the museum said: "These bank notes are miniature works of art.

"The Cobbold note in particular has a delightful depiction of a sailing ship."

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