About #16 - 50 Dollars Type 1872
Canada. Dominion of Canada. 1870-1872 issues. 50 Dollars Type 1872. Engraving: American Bank Note Company. Ltd, New York. Printer: British American Bank Note Company. Ltd., Montreal & Ottawa. Dimensions: 182 x 76 mm. No watermark. No security thread. Front and back: print in black and green. Front: representation of the god Mercury holding a map of British North America. In the background, there is an Harbour, ships and a train. The note contains an alphabet letter "A, B, C or D" positioned near the number. For each city, a different color ink was used to print duplicate sheet numbers printed in blue (for Montreal) or red (for Toronto and Ottawa). The photo note has no signatures, but the location is reserved: on the left For Minister of Finance and on the right For Receiver General. The value "50" is repeated twice on each side of the central drawing and printed in green. We also find this value in two black rosettes above. Back: green monochrome print. The value "50" is printed in the center in a medallion with above and below, "Payable at xxxx". (3 cities are listed). It is recalled that for each city, the bill was signed by the hand of a locally appointed responsible officer. Uniface proof known from the back printed on cardboard. Uniface proof of the front known on cardboard for Toronto letter "A", perforated twice "SPECIMEN" horizontally but not numbered. One banknote known for Montreal: A 5501 canceled. Banknotes for Toronto and Ottawa: we did not find any copies. Images are courtesy of the Bank of Canada Museum's National Currency Collection.