Serial Number 1 Merchants Bank of Canada 5 Dollar

Our upcoming August auction offers
an exciting and vast array of notes from a variety of countries. One is a 5
Dollar Merchants Bank of Canada issued note, CH #460-22-02. It bears the
coveted serial number "000001" and plate letter "A." It is
graded Extremely Fine 40 EPQ by PMG. This 5 Dollar note retains plenty of
appeal, including intricate designs and dark green ink on the face and ornate
lathe work on the back. The reverse of the note displays the bank name at
bottom, with a seal at center and "FI5VE" counters at left and right,
and the “5” denomination adorning the four corners.

Edward VIII, the Prince of Wales visited Canada in 1919
after the end of the First World War. The Prince of Wales’ informal dress and mannerisms
struck the right chord with Canadians and his tour was very popular. During this
trip, he would meet with the League of Canadian Indians and would also lay the
foundation stone of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill. His tour began in St.
John’s, Newfoundland and ended at Victoria, where the Prince laid the
foundation stone of a statue of Queen Victoria.

Included with the note is a period envelope that reads:
"First 5 Dollar Note of ‘a’ series issued by the Merchants Bank of Canada:
to coincide with the Prince of Wales visit November 1919." Also included
is a vignette by the American Bank Note Company of the Prince of Wales.

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries August sale will take place August
4-7, and will be posted online for viewing, bidding, and bidder registration at on July 10. For more information on viewing lots or assistance
in registering to bid, contact [email protected].

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