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 Posted 02/22/2018  8:42 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add chadcoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I don't know much on playing card money but noticed lots 104 to 110 session 1 at the Torex auction have already surpassed the expected selling price. The King of Spades seems to be a card of interest. Feel free to comment on this topic, kinda interested what some have to say about these lots.
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 Posted 02/22/2018  8:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add papeldog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That would be a piece of history in your hands if a person had one wasn't it the first form of paper currency in the Western world
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 Posted 02/22/2018  11:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kuh_85 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here's the info from the COA of the Jack of Hearts $15 coin; 1st coin in the series that commemorates the playing card money.

During the 17th and 18th centuries, New France faced chronic shortages. The colony was months away from the motherland, isolated for months by winter ice and the treacherous Atlantic Ocean that claimed countless sailing ships. Everything was scarce - including coins.

Still, merchants, civil servants and soldiers had to be paid. In a desperate move to keep daily transactions flowing, the governor began issuing playing cards with a written promise to pay what was owed when the next shipment of coins arrived from France. Historic records show that cards were cut into halves or quarters and had their corners clipped to reflect different values.
"Playing card money" was first issued in 1685. Despite the king's displeasure, authorities continued to implement this temporary measure whenever their colony faced a coin shortage. In 1729, they began using plain card stock which circulated like modern bank notes until New France fell to the British in 1759.

Counterfeiting was always a concern and the penalty severe. Cards that weren't reissued when they were "cashed in" were destroyed. As a result, only one set of playing card money is known to have survived into the 20th century. It served as the model for reproductions created by Henri Beau, iconographic researcher at Library and Archives Canada which graciously provided this drawing of the Jack of Hearts for this series. The name G DE PARIS that appears across the bottom is likely the name of the original artist while the name LAHIRE is believed to reflect the 15th -century custom of naming each jack after a famous figure, in this case one of Charles VII's generals. The inscription on the back of the card suggest the Jack of Hearts was valued at fifty livres.

The Jack of Hearts design has been selectively coloured and reflects the single right-side-up image that prevailed prior to the introduction of the double-headed designs after 1870. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
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 Posted 02/23/2018  01:46 am  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow, I did not know about this. Thanks for posting!
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 Posted 02/23/2018  09:17 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add papeldog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great write up on our Canadian history kuh_85 with lots of info.
Thank you for posting
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 Posted 02/24/2018  12:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Cacc to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice bit of knowledge! Thanks for sharing that.
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 Posted 02/24/2018  1:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DBM to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great historical items if genuine.
Should have sold fo ten times the realized price.
Check out the last two sold by Heritage.
Sale of genuine playing card money is restricted by the Heritage and Culture Act, I see no caveats in the auction listing,I wonder if the auction company sold these in compliance with the law.
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 Posted 02/24/2018  5:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add okiecoiner to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Uh-oh ..
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 Posted 11/09/2019  10:48 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MrCanada to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have 5 a royal flush in diamonds , I purchased the first one as the script on back looked like my gg grandfathers name perrault or possibly Terraoult he was living in new france at the time activly fur trading. Facinating stuff would love to know more of how all these surfaced suddenly new of them but never saw one till the last 3 auctions
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seen it. want it
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