Auction preview: $1,000 Bank of Canada note among highlights of tomorrow’s Colonial sale

Tomorrow, Colonial Acres Coins will host its 752-lot Coins, Currency and Bullion Auction, which features estate coin collections, gold and silver bullion, paper money, group lots of tokens, world sets, original rolls, Franklin Mint and Royal Canadian Mint products, silver year sets and more.

Leading the way so far is Lot 427, a 1988 $1,000 note issued by the Bank of Canada. The note’s obverse, which features a Thiessen-Crow signature combination, depicts Queen Elizabeth II alongside the Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings and the library in Ottawa. A Canadian flag flies above the Peace Tower, and the numeral “1000” appears in the security device in the top-left corner. A landscape design featuring a pine grosbeak is on the reverse.

On May 11, 2000, all $1,000 notes were withdrawn from circulation as the Bank of Canada cited increased counterfeiting and use with money laundering and other illegal activities.

The lot’s current bid (at time of publication) is $1,725.

Lot 3 has a current bid of $1,724 (Photo by Colonial Acres)


Close behind is Lot 3, a .99999 $200 Gold Maple Leaf test coin struck by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2007. Featuring a Privy Mark and all original packaging, the coin is described by auctioneers as a “very tough test coin to find.” It’s current bid (at time of publication) is $1,724.

Lot 8 is a 1967 silver commemorative year set featuring a $20 gold piece in its original black display. The set was issued by the Mint to mark Canada’s centennial.

Rounding out the highlights is Lot 405, a complete signature type set of the 1954 Modified Portrait $100 banknote issued by the Bank of Canada. Included in the lot are three 1954 Modified Portrait $100 notes, one of each signature combination available in the series.

For more information about tomorrow’s auction or to bid online, click here.

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