TYPE 1A.3.1 (1812-1824)

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TYPE 1A.3.1 (1812-1824)


Uniface Notes


BANK OF BENGAL in an ornated panel on the left in Bangla, Persian and Hindi. Calcutta in promise text. Manuscript serial number in centre left and lower right. Manuscript date and signature. Denomination in numerals and words in Bangla, Persian and Kaithi above Promise text. TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY in denomination panel at lower left. Entered by manuscript signature and For the BANK OF BENGAL. Printed on watermark paper of density 20 grams per square meter.


Within an ornamented rectangle, BANK OF BENGAL in first line; Bangla and Hindi in the second line, Persian in the third line. Stylised B of B 1806 in bottom left of third line.


  1. The bank found a way to convert “promissory notes” to “banknotes”. They printed banknotes of pre-determined denominations. All these banknotes were payable to ‘M.W. Morton’ who was the Secretary & Treasurer, or ‘bearer’. The notes thus performed the functions of a banknote and created its characteristics. This practice was adopted for all types.
  2. Promise Text in plural - ‘We Promise to Pay’.
  3. After encashment the note is retained for accounting purposes and it is over stamped with “CANCELLED”. Sometimes the signature portion of the note is also cut.


Type No. Denominations Remark Denomination Panel
1A.3.1.1 250 Sicca Rupees 1812 - 1824 dp-1A.3.1.1