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Bank of BC Printer's Proofs

    On April 26, 1862 a group of British bankers received a Royal Charter to operate the Bank of British Columbia and the first branch opened in Victoria in July, 1862.

James Douglas the first joint governor of Vancouver Island and the later formed mainland colony urged British business leaders to create a new bank for the gold-rush driven booming colony. Desperate gold miners at the time were literally burying their gold dust in order to protect their savings.

Vancouver residents did not have the benefits of formal banking services until the Bank of British Columbia opened for business on West Cordova Street, Vancouver on September 1, 1886.

The Bank of BC operated until 1901, when it was acquired by the Canadian Bank of Commerce. During its 39 years of existance, several different designs of the notes were made, but it is very rare to see complete sets of printer's proofs, as they were usually destroyed.

Here are 4 complete sets of proofs dated January 1, 1894. Each set has an uncut set of four notes for the face, back and tint plates.

Provenance: The Christie's American Bank Note Co. archives auction where they were sold as part of a U.S. large lot. These proofs are similat to Pick Catalogue #5216-219var, but they are unlisted in any catalogue. This is a unique set, and it is the first time they have been back in British Columbia since they were printed, having been lost for 110 years.

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Bank of British Columbia black and white printer's proofs:
$50 face plate uncut set of 4
$50 back plate uncut set of 4
$50 tint plate uncut set of 4
 
$20 face plate uncut set of 4
$20 back plate uncut set of 4
$20 tint plate uncut set of 4
 
$10 face plate uncut set of 4
$10 back plate uncut set of 4
$10 tint plate uncut set of 4
 
$5 face plate uncut set of 4
$5 back plate uncut set of 4
$5 tint plate uncut set of 4

The full set of 12 sheets is valued at $38,500.00 CDN. Call or email the store if you are interested, or have more questions.


Bank of BC $20 Printer's Proof

Bank of British Columbia twenty dollar note

A full colour face proof printed on "India" type paper, attached to a thick card. A perfect proof, dated January 1, 1894.

CH - 50 - 16 - 06P

$1,550.00 CDN

sold


Bank of BC $10 Printer's Proof

Bank of British Columbia twenty dollar note

A full colour face proof printed on "India" type paper, attached to a thick card. A perfect proof, dated January 1, 1894.

CH - 50 - 16 - 04P

$1,550.00 CDN

Sold

Bank of BC $5 Printer's Proof

Bank of British Columbia twenty dollar note

A full colour face proof printed on "India" type paper, attached to a thick card. A perfect proof, dated January 1, 1894.

CH - 50 - 16 - 02P

$1,550.00 CDN

Sold

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