Two Canadian lots in this month’s HKINF sale

Two Canadian lots sit among Heritage Auctions’ 543-lot Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair (HKINF) paper money sale, slated for June 23.

The twice-yearly HKINF, one of Asia’s top numismatic events, was among the first major cancellations following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. The 10th HKINF remains postponed until Dec. 10-12 while the show’s auctions have been held remotely since last spring.

Leading this June’s sale is a 1935 Series $2 note (BC-3) from the Bank of Canada’s inaugural issue. Offered as Lot 26018, the English-language note is certified as Choice Uncirculated-63 by Paper Money Guaranty (PMG).

“Truly uncirculated examples are not frequently encountered,” auctioneers said, adding the lot is expected to bring at least $1,200 US (about $1,450 Cdn.).

As of June 8 – 14 days before the sale – bidding reached $925 US (about $1,110 Cdn.).

The second Canadian offering, Lot 26019, includes the scarce front and back proofs for the Bank of Toronto’s 1935 $5 note (Charlton 715-24-02fp/bp). Certified by PMG as Superb Gem Uncirculated-67 EPQ (exceptional paper quality) and Choice Uncirculated-64, respectively, the front and back proofs are separately “mounted for rigidity,” auctioneers said.

The opening bid is $500 US (about $600 Cdn.), with the estimate set at $1,000-plus (about $1,200 Cdn.).

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