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1859 one dollar, Ponterio sale 152, lot 5099

1859 one dollar

The first specimen was lot 5099 in Ponterio sale 152 (New York, January 2010), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "CANADA. Colonial Bank of Canada. 1 Dollar, 4.4.1859. P-S1666. (Charlton #130-10-02) Another scarce early dated Canadian note which shows a lovely woodcutter vignette along with a woman at the left in a porthole frame. A small notch in the lower left margin is mentioned along with a small hole just above that flaw as well. A few other scattered minor internal splits are evident. One of the most important features is that the note bears the serial number three. GOOD-VERY GOOD."

1897 two dollars

1897 two dollars, photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

The second specimen was lot 20061 in Ponterio sale 161 (Chicago, August 2011), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "CANADA. Dominion of Canada. $2, 2.7.1897. P-24Cb. DC-14c) A striking note which will certainly be well received by the collecting community. It is the only piece for the catalog number which PMG has graded at the Extremely Fine grade level with only a scant few higher. Brilliant inks illuminate the fisherman vignette at center and clarify the portrait of Edward, the Prince of Wales at left. Seldom offered publically and even more so in this lofty circulated grade. PMG Extremely Fine 40."

1898 dollar

1898 one dollar, photo courtesy Ponterio and Associates
photo courtesy Ponterio and Associates

The third specimen was lot 5083 in Ponterio sale 152 (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $419.75. The catalog description noted, "CANADA. 1 Dollar, 31.3.1898. P-24. (DC-13a) This note shows the more scarce 1898 inwardly curved lettering of the word "ONE" at the left and right and will be a piece to excite collectors. The note shows the lumberjack vignette with stunning quality considering the technical grade. FINE."

1901 5 dollars

1901 5 dollars, Ponterio sale 152, lot 5093
photo courtesy Ponterio and Associates

The fourth specimen was lot 5093 in Ponterio sale 152 (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $632.50. The catalog description noted, "CANADA. Bank of Commerce. 5 Dollars, 2.1.1901. P-S960e. (Charlton #75-14-06) This early Bank of Commerce note has lovely color for the grade with nice detail of the hand signed signature. No problems are mentioned on this evenly circulated note. VERY GOOD-FINE."

1902 4 dollars

1902 4 dollars, photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
1902 4 dollars, photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

The fifth specimen was lot 15959 in Heritage sale 418 (Long Beach, September 2006), where it sold for $1955. The catalog description noted, "DC-17a $4 1902. This is the scarcest of the three types of fours issued in the 1900-1902 series. The central vignette is changed to reflect the Canadian works, but most of the other design elements remained unchanged from the 1900 series. Fine-Very Fine, the bottom margin trimmed slightly into the design. The paper surfaces appear a bit rubbed in spots."

1913 ten dollars

1913 ten dollars, photo courtesy Ponterio and Associates
photo courtesy Ponterio and Associates

The sixth specimen was lot 5097 in Ponterio sale 152 (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $948.75. The catalog description noted, "CANADA. Royal Bank of Canada. 10 Dollars, 2.1.1913. P-S1379. (Charlton #630-12-08) We are pleased this highly popular design which shows a Dreadnaught Battleship at sea much like the U.S.A. 1918 Issue Federal Reserve Bank Note. In this note's case, the all important face shows with excellent appeal with strong definition of the vignette. The reverse shows a bit of soiling in the center of the note. A couple of pinholes are mentioned. VERY FINE."

another 1913 ten dollars, photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

The seventh specimen was lot 6230 in Ponterio sale 151 (Baltimore, November 2009), where it sold for $368. The catalog description noted, "CANADA. The Royal Bank of Canada. 10 Dollars, 2.1.1913. P-S1379. (Charlton #630-12-08) A popular note showcasing a 'battleship' vignette at the center which is quite reminiscent of the reverse of a 1918 Two Dollar United States Federal Reserve Bank Note. A few pinholes are noted. FINE."

1923 one dollar

1923 one dollar, photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

The eighth specimen was lot 20066 in Ponterio sale 161 (Chicago, August 2011), where it sold for $4,887.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "CANADA. Dominion of Canada. $1, 1923. P-33g. (DC-25g) Another amazing opportunity to secure one of the finest known large size Canadian notes. This 1923 issue shows with a vibrant red Department of Finance seal at right with a 'Y' prefix. The note is unquestionably perfect to the naked eye with an incredibly sharp impression and vivid color throughout. Well embossed overprints attest to the strictly original paper and picture perfect centering and margins allow for the utmost amount of visual prowess. Truly a note which will sit comfortably as the finest known of its type for years if not decades. PCGS Pop. 1/None finer. PCGS Superb Gem New 68 PPQ."

1925 twenty dollars, photo courtesy Ponterio and Associates
photo courtesy Ponterio and Associates

The ninth specimen was lot 5087 in Ponterio sale 152 (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $753.25. The catalog description noted, "CANADA. Bank of Nova Scotia. 20 Dollars, 2.1.1925. P-S629a. (Charlton #550-28-18) A tough-to-find higher denomination note from this bank which shows a lovely fishing vignette at the center and a pleasing rayed under print. A few margin tears are mentioned for accuracy. FINE."

1935 five dollars, photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

The tenth specimen was lot 8042 in Ponterio sale 150 (Los Angeles, August 2009), where it sold for $1150. The catalog description noted, "CANADA. 5 Dollars, 1935. P-42. BC-5. A simply gorgeous original English text note with what we can only see as handling through the PCGS holder. The note shows bright white paper and lovely embossing of the serial numbers. PCGS CHOICE ABOUT NEW 58PPQ."

1935 ten dollars, photo courtesy Ponterio and Associates
photo courtesy Ponterio and Associates

The eleventh specimen was lot 5088 in Ponterio sale 152 (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $546.25. The catalog description noted, "CANADA. Bank of Nova Scotia. 10 Dollars, 2.1.1935. P-S633. (Charlton #550-36-04) This note shows the design in perfect form with lovely margins, centering and color. The note has very original paper and will be highly regarded among collectors. UNCIRCULATED."

photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

The twelfth specimen was lot 8043 in Ponterio sale 150 (Los Angeles, August 2009), where it sold for $19,550. The catalog description noted, "CANADA. 1,000 Dollars, 1935. P-56. BC-19. The first of two Gem $1,000 Canadian notes we are offering today which will be a highlight for any advanced collection of Canadian banknotes. This English text variety, although not as rare when compared to the French text note variety, will surely attract considerable attention, as it presents itself flawlessly. PMG GEM UNCIRCULATED 65EPQ."

photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

This note was lot 8045 in Ponterio sale 150 (Los Angeles, August 2009), where it sold for $21,275. The catalog description noted, "CANADA. 1,000 Dollars, 2.1.1937. P-65. BC-28. Alongside the 1935 Issue $1,000, this tremdously scarce note is another highlight of the sale with a terrific low serial number of A/K0000100. This example shows nice original paper along with stunning color which illuminates the design. The reverse allegorical scene is breathtaking, showing a women with a sword and shield sheltering a young child. PCGS GEM NEW 65PPQ."

Canada 1924 50000 dollars UBS 76-4357q00.jpg

This note is lot 4357 in UBS sale 76 (Basel, Switzerland, January 2008).

Source:

  • Ponterio, Rick, et al., Ponterio sale 161: The Chicago ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's-Bowers, LLC, 2011.

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