Newspapers in Canada are all over the story of Heritage's recent sale of a rare $500 Canadian banknote. The story goes that the owner had found it among some old books and papers and (rightly) suspected it was valuable. -EditorA vintage Canadian $500 bill - described as a "classic rarity" and one of only three known to exist from a 1911 printing that featured a picture of Queen Mary, the wife of King George V - has been purchased at a Texas auction of antique currency for a stunning $322,000 U.S. by a Canadian-born businessman living in Dallas.
The bank note - its sale price hailed as an "all-time record for a piece of Canadian paper money" - was first found 20 years ago in an old book by an unnamed Canadian man, and was recently re-discovered among a pile of papers being readied for a shredder.
"Its existence represents a true miracle of survival," announced Heritage Auction Galleries, the Dallas-based collectibles giant that handled the sale.
The Queen Mary note is so rare it's absent even from the Bank of Canada's own currency collection in Ottawa, experts said.
"It's a remarkable story," said MacDonald. "Someone was sifting through paper on a desk and shredding documents. And just prior to shredding a handful of documents, this $500 note dropped out and was brought in for discussion to see if it had any value. It was a true discovery note - and importantly, it's in better condition than the other two that exist."
MacDonald said the chances of any $500 bill from 1911 or 1925 remaining in private hands through Great Depression and surviving intact until today were extremely slim.
To read the complete article, see: Rare Canadian $500 bill brings in $322,000 at auction (http://www.canada.com/topics/news/national/
Wayne Homren, Editor
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