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$10 Fenian Note 1866 Continental Bank Note Co.

 
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Posted 01/19/2022   10:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Bubbachismo to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I posted this over in the coin forum but I wanted to share here as well after seeing this section. Developed and sold by the "fenians" or better know irish republic. They were created to build financial support for the Irish to create their own free country away from Britain's rule.

Hundreds of thousands were sold with a 6% annual interest rate after the republic was formed. The Irish opened up a shop in New York city that ran into the 1920s to pay out the bonds until with good notice the shop was closed. Almost all were turned in and destroyed. Thus making the leftovers quite scarce. This one was found in a attic in Maine and purchased by myself. I have only seen 2 sell at auctions in the last couple years as well as 2 others listed on eBay.

The engraving is absolutely stunning showing a women and her dog helping up the man who just got done fighting the civil war and asking if he has one more fight in him for his homeland.

I hope you all like it as much as I do

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Posted 01/20/2022   01:05 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add FitzjamesHorse to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Interesting. I have only ever seen three and one was very worn.
The signature is of John O'Mahony who was involved in the Young Ireland Rising in 1848 and went "on the run" in New York City. I am not sure if he actually fought in the American Civil War but he was a colonel in the 69th New York Militia before the War. The Civil War soldier on the note "one more fight" is probably a reference to the raids into Canada.
The other portraits are Wolfe Tone who committed suicide in prison after the 1798 Rebellion and Edward Fitzgerald killed while being arrested in 1798.

Coincidently the Irish Free State (later) Republic came into existence 100 years ago this month.
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Edited by FitzjamesHorse - 01/20/2022 01:14 am
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Posted 01/20/2022   10:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bubbachismo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Very cool info Fitz. I have it in a frame right now trying to lessen the creases. It's in pretty nice shape for 150 years old and found in an attic.
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Posted 01/23/2022   5:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A very attractive "bond" -- thanks for sharing.
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Posted 01/24/2022   4:03 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DeeBee to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
You're right about the beautiful engraving. Probably the most appealing method for printing stamps, as well. Well, I guess that might be a tad subjective. Thanks for posting those images.
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