Well, I was hoping a few collectors out there would share some of their notes. I'm guessing "we're shy..." as momma used to say.
Anyway, moving right along, now we'll look at the original Journey FIVES
(BC-62 or P-101) which rolled out in 2002. These had a much more staid release than their TEN DOLLAR
counterparts. The notes were similar in design, with the gold leaves on the front, lots of microprinting & security features that showed up in UV light. Wilfid Laurier was featured on the front (+ parliament building) and a very popular outdoor hockey scene on the reverse:
The notes were either printed by the BABN
(British American Bank Note designated by the "A" prefix) such as the ANV
prefix above or the CBN co
(Canadian Bank Note Co with the "H" prefixes):
-which I posted here on CCF
a few years back.
Since no short prefixes or tough change-overs were noticed a lot of us reverted to tucking away a special serial number here & there.
However, finally we did discover "quite late in the day" that the BABN
would no longer print the fives & so that the AOF
prefix was short (3.8M run). This fact caught most of us by surprise (except your's truly who managed to snag a couple):
In 2003 the BoC Sr Deputy Governor changed & Jenkins-Dodge was the new combo with the HNN
prefix. However, the change-over was nearly in the middle so that both prefixes were plentiful.
In 2004, when the new $20 appeared & the rampant counterfeiting of the $10 necessitated a design change, it became clear that the original $5 would be phased out too. We were all on the look out for something tough (or collectible). What happened was similar to what occurred with the shortage of 2003 BER
TENS, we began to see 2005 HOH $5 but no (or very few) 2004 HOH
Although the BoC
released numbers to indicate that 5.970,000 2004 HOH
prefixes were printed, most were likely returned/destroyed since collectors reported very few on the SNDB
(Serial Number Data Base) hosted by the CPMF
(Canadian Paper Money Forum). The highest 2004 HOH
reported was HOH0187763
(& I believe my note was from a large run of the higher range). It is unlikely that all 2005 HOH
were released too since mostly ranges were discovered. We often saw the replacement version along with runs so that the 2005 HOH can be tough too. However, their scarcity was eclipsed by the 2004 HOH
super short run (not as advertised, much like the 2003 BER $10).
The 2005 rolled out in regular predictable fashion so there were no further surprises other than the fact that we saw new Single Note Replacements (SNR
's) with the 2004 HNN
change-overs, & the last 2 prefixes HOZ & HPA
. These became quite sought after.
One other surprise was to see the AOF/HPA
prefixes to be continued (& the BABN
producing FIVES again) with the new upgraded 2006 Series (BC-67
). I guess it should not have been overly surprising since the last time the BoC
had a design modification (1954 Devil's Face & Modified series) they too had design change-over prefixes (which became very scarce, unlike the Journey change-over prefixes).