Canadian notes highlight Florida United Numismatists sale

More than 50 Canadian banknotes crossed the block during one of several sales held in conjunction with this January’s Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention in Orlando, Fla.

The Jan. 13 Heritage Auctions sale – postponed by a week and held at the firm’s Texas headquarters instead of the FUN venue due to COVID-19 – saw three Canadian notes crack the top 10 realizations.

The sale’s top-earning Canadian lot (and the sixth overall) was a rare French example of the 1935 $25 commemorative note with a low serial number, “F000004.” It brought $37,200 US (about $46,700 Cdn.), including premium, falling just short of its $40,000 US estimate.

The January 2022 FUN Convention saw three Canadian notes crack the top 10 realizations.

The other two top-earning Canadian notes – both tied for the sale’s ninth highest realization – each brought $26,400 US (about $33,150 Cdn.), including premium. One of the notes, an 1878 Dominion of Canada $2 note with a “Payable at St. John” back vignette – one of the four domiciliary locations for this issue – was estimated at $25,000 US. The other piece, an 1889 Union Bank of Newfoundland $20 note, had a $20,000 US estimate.

While the 2021 FUN Convention was cancelled due to the pandemic, this year’s Jan. 6-9 show drew thousands of attendees with about 1,500 dealers, only a few of whom cancelled due to the pandemic, organizers said.

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