DALLAS – Heritage Auction Galleries will offer one of the rarest Canadian notes ever printed, the "Queen Mary" $500 1911, in their upcoming Long Beach Currency Signature Auction, to be held Sept. 17-19, 2008.
"This is an amazing note, one of the classic rarities in Canadian currency," said Michael Moczalla, Consignment Director for Dallas-based Heritage Auction Galleries. "Until the discovery of this particular piece, there were only two examples known to exist in private hands. In fact, this type and denomination is so rare that it is even lacking in the official Bank of Canada collection!"
"The specimen we’re offering in our Long Beach auction has been graded PMG Very Fine 20 with mention of minor restorations, which, although present, are exceedingly difficult to detect," Moczalla said. "Its existence represents a true miracle of survival, attesting to the fact that these high denomination pieces were actually used in commerce. If this were a United States issue, recognized as only the third example known for the design type, it would easily be a million dollar note."
"Canadian notes have been growing steadily in popularity and, given the performance of the Flynn Collection – which was part of our record-setting Central States auction held earlier this year – the market for true Canadian rarities is beginning to generate prices which are now standard south of the border. The current Charlton catalog places a value on this note in this grade of $250,000 Canadian. Our best guess here is that this ‘Queen Mary’ note will bring a solid six-figure price, but if two or more determined bidders decide they have to own it, our estimate will likely be conservative in the extreme."
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