South African Bank

About a decade and a half ago, while visiting relatives in London, I purchased a couple old checks from South Africa. The one shown below is quite interesting. It comes from Cape Town, South Africa yet it has written on the check Union Bank, South African Bank and the Cape Of Good Hope Savings Bank Society. It was printed by Van de Sandt de Valliers & Co. Cape Town.

Old South African Check (1890)
Image Contribution: Handini

The denomination is One Pound and 15 Shillings, payable to 33269 Smith or Bearer. The oval purple impression states: "Cape Of Good Hope Bank Limited. Cape Town" while the orange oval stamp states: "The Standard Bank Of South Africa Limited. Cape Town". The check was issued on July 26, 1890 and redeemed on August 1, 1890.

South Africa must have had a complex banking history for so many banks to be attributed on a single check.

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