Six-note specimen set brings nearly $4K at auction

A set of six specimen banknotes from the 1986-91 “Birds of Canada” series brought $3,720 (including buyer’s premium) at an auction in New Brunswick this November.

The set, which included a $2 (BC-55aS), $5 (BC-56aS), $10 (BC-57aS), $20 (BC-58aS), $50 (BC-59aS) and $100 note (BC-60aS), crossed the block as Lot 590 of Geoffrey Bell Auctions’ Nov. 21 Moncton Sale.

The notes’ serial number prefixes include “AJN” ($100), “EHP” ($50), “EIA” ($20), “ADA” ($10), “ENA” ($5) and “ARG” ($2).

“The Bank of Canada reports 751 notes were sold,” according to auctioneers, referencing the Bank of Canada Auction II hosted in November 2000, when the notes were first offered to the public.

That year, the set – offered by the bank as #0776 – was sold among a group of 10 complete specimen sets with an estimate of $4,000 altogether.

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