Auction preview: Canadian currency coming to 2017 World’s Fair of Money

Next week, a selection of Canadian numismatic material will be offered by Stack’s Bowers Galleries, which is hosting a series of auctions in conjunction with the 2017 ANA World’s Fair of Money in Denver, Colo.

Seven lots Canadian coins (Lots 20211-17) will be offered on Aug. 1—opening day of the World’s Fair of Money—during part one of the Ancient and World Coins sale.

Among these coins are two $10 gold coins struck by the Royal Mint’s facility in Ottawa (the Ottawa Mint wouldn’t become the Royal Canadian Mint until 1931, when it began reporting to the Department of Finance). Both examples—Lots 20211 and 20212—are graded Mint State-65 by Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS).

Lot 20212 (shown above) is another 1914 $10 gold coin. Both examples have a grade of MS-65 and an estimate of $2,500 USD-$3,500 USD.

According to auctioneers, both examples are “sharply struck as would be expected” and “much nicer than normally found either from the reserve hoard or otherwise.” With a “light attractive tone in peripheries and excellent eye-appeal,” both coins are expected to bring between $2,500 USD and $3,500 USD.

Stack’s will also offer 15 additional lots (Lots 22108-22123) of Canadian coinage during its Internet-only World Coins sale on Aug. 8.


More than 130 lots of Canadian currency (Lots 30092-300127) will be offered during Stack’s World Paper Money sale on Aug. 4.

The top highlight of this auction’s Canadian material is Lot 30101, a 1924 $5 Queen Mary banknote issued by the Dominion of Canada (DC-27). The note, which is graded About Uncirculated-50 EPQ (exceptional paper quality) by Paper Money Guaranty (PMG), is one piece that’s “likely missing from many collections,” according to auctioneers.

“While the date shows 1924, it wasn’t printed until 1931. Furthermore, the small quantity printed of 2,000,000 was not released until 1934 and roughly a third of that number actually entered circulation,” reads the auction catalogue.

Lot 30101 is a 1924 $5 Queen Mary banknote issued by the Dominion of Canada (DC-27). It’s expected to bring upwards of $17,500 USD.

“Being released in 1934 made this a very short lived series as the 1935 Bank of Canada issues started to circulate with intentions of replacing the Dominion notes of old. Interestingly the engraved calendar date of May 26th coincides with Queen Mary’s birthday.”

The note has a pre-sale estimate of $12,500 USD-$17,500 USD.

Another Canadian paper money highlight is Lot 30094, a $4 banknote issued by the Dominion of Canada in 1900 (DC-16). The note erroneously shows the U.S. side of the channel locks at Sault Ste. Marie. All examples of this type previously offered by Stack’s were in Very Fine condition.

With a grade of PMG About Uncirculated-55, the note is expected to bring $10,000 USD-$15,000 USD.

Stack’s will also offer 12 additional lots of Canadian paper money (Lots 31059-31071) as part of its Internet-only World Paper Money sale on Aug. 8.

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