What would you do if you found a People’s Bank of Halifax $20, 1864 banknote? For one thing, you may be surprised to find out that you could still redeem it for face value, but that may not be the wisest financial decision. Since there are no known issues, your discovery would be worth a proverbial pretty penny. So why are we writing this? To talk about Geoffrey Bell Auctions Ltd.’s Paris Sale and the history surrounding each piece, such as a proof version of the above banknote.
The People’s Bank of Halifax was established in 1864 and created a blueprint on how to successfully run a sound financial institution. Set on the shoulders of strong management, the bank expanded within their home area making it a juicy addition to any other company looking to quickly establish themselves in the Maritimes. That’s what happened in 1905 when its 26 branches were absorbed by the Bank of Montreal.
The note in the Paris Sale, CH-580-10-04, is an AU example with the upper left corner removed and some mounting stains. It would be difficult to find a more beautifully designed front with it’s exceptional central vignette surrounding a bust of Victoria, flanked by the Princess of Wales and a pair of sailors on shore, one pointing to sea and the other looking through a telescope. As mentioned, Charlton states there are no known issued notes.
Every piece in the Paris Sale represents a morsel of history waiting to be discovered. We’ve quickly come to look forward to these auctions and to bringing our well-known Maritime hospitality to the Paris/Brantford area and the popular Paris Coin Show. The Paris Sale is now open for bidding on iCollector and goes live August 11th, 2018 at 5pm local time.