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Value of Old Banknotes from La Banque Jacques Cartier in Montreal, Canada

Old Money from La Banque Jacques Cartier in Montreal

This bank has a great title.  It was obviously named as a tribute to the great French explorer Jacques Cartier.  La Banque Jacques Cartier was open from 1861 until 1900 when it changed its name to La Banque Provinciale du Canada.  All bank notes from the Cartier bank are rare.  Our guide below has more details:

Bank Notes from 1862:

This goes against traditional logic, but notes from 1862 are actually the most common bank notes issued by La Banque Jacques Cartier.  One and two dollar notes are occasionally available today.  Five and ten dollar bills were also printed, but they are very rare.  Each note is dated as 2 Janvier (January) 1862.  They can be signed by H. Cotte, J.L. Beaudry, A. Manseau, or R. Trudeau.  The American Bank Note Co. New York handled the printing duties.  Each note has a vignette showing Jacques Cartier.  One dollar bills also have an image of Queen Victoria and Louis H. La Fontaine.  Queen Victoria is also on the $2 bill along with the Prince of Wales.  Five dollar bills show LaFontaine again along with Jean-Louis Beaudry.  Ten dollar bills have Beaudry and the Prince of Wales.  So each denomination has a different design, but they are all relatively similar.
banque jacques cartier 1862

Bank Notes from 1870:

La Banque Jacques Cartier issued four, five, twenty, fifty, and one hundred dollar bills dated as 1 Mai (May) 1870.  All of these are very rare today.  Notes should be signed by Manseau and Trudeau.  There are a couple of varieties for this issue.  Please contact us with questions.
banque jacques cartier 1870

Bank Notes from 1871:

There is a variety of $20 bill that was printed by The British American Bank Note Co. Montreal and Ottawa for La Banque Jacques Cartier in 1871.  These are dated as 2 Mai 1871 and they have the same design as the earlier 1870 bank notes.

Bank Notes from 1880:

Five dollar bills from 1st June 1880 were issued by La Banque Jacques Cartier.  All notes should be signed by Manseau and A. Desjardins.  A blue “Victoriaville” overprint should be found on each of these bank notes.

Bank Notes from 1886:

The Canada Bank Note Co. Montreal printed five and ten dollar bills for La Banque Jacques Cartier that are dated as 1st June 1886.  Most have an overprint in blue for St. Simon.  All of these bank notes are very difficult to locate today.
banque jacques cartier 1886

Bank Notes from 1889:

These are just like 1886 notes except the date on these reads as 1er Juin 1889.  The color scheme is also different.  All 1889 and 1886 bank notes are very rare.
banque jacques cartier 1889

Bank Notes from 1895:

Five and ten dollar bills were redesigned and reissued for 2 Jan 1895.  These are only found as proof notes today.


We buy all types of Canadian currency.  We are especially interested in bank notes from La Banque Jacques Cartier in Montreal.  You might be surprised at how much money we can offer for some currency.  Send us an email with pictures of the front and back of your bank note and we will respond quickly with our offer.


Sample Bank Note Image:

Your piece of currency from La Banque Jacques Cartier in Montreal could look similar to the one seen below.  There are other types and denominations that were issued, so don’t worry if yours is different.  Contact us for more value information.