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Estimate: 250 USD   |   Starting price: 1 USD Price realized: 204 USD
Canada – W & J. Bell, Perth, Upper Canada 12 Pence or One Shilling Nov. 15, 1839 Graham ON10-10-06. PCGS Gem New 66PPQ. ...

Canada – W & J. Bell, Perth, Upper Canada 12 Pence or One Shilling Nov. 15, 1839 Graham ON10-10-06. PCGS Gem New 66PPQ. The Canadian paper scrip from the 1833-1845 Hard Times-era is often quite intriguing. These notes have been relatively neglected by American collectors, but they are underrated, and many are much scarcer than catalogs reveal. Often the notes are bi-lingual and multi-denominated, which adds to their appeal. The twin Bell brothers opened their successful general merchandise store in 1828, but the North American banking crisis and suspension of specie payments in 1837 sent it into debt and the company failed in 1846. Its five copper printing plates were discovered in 1980, and now are in the Canadian National Currency collection. This uniface type has a perpendicular vignette of the store at the left. The reverse of a British 1834 shilling at the right end serves as a counter for the illiterate. Fully signed and issued. In an exceptional grade for an issued note from the Bell twins. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education SocietyHID07501242017
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