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Value of Old Banknotes from The Standard Bank of Canada in Toronto

Old Money from The Standard Bank of Canada in Toronto

The Standard Bank of Canada originally existed as The St. Lawrence Bank.  The bank struggled under its first title so it simply rebranded itself.  That strategy worked.  The Standard Bank came into existence in 1876 and it deposits doubled within the first five years of operation.  The bank had 50 branches in 1907.  The Standard Bank of Canada would go on to purchase The Western Bank of Canada and The Sterling Bank of Canada; that brought its total branches up to 243 locations.  The bank would ultimately merge with The Canadian Bank of Commerce in 1928.  Today we have some lovely and rare bank notes from The Standard Bank in Toronto.  See our guide for more information.

Bank Notes from 1876 & 1881:

The first bank notes issued by The Standard Bank of Canada were printed by The British American Bank Note Co. Montreal.  Denominations of four, five, ten, and fifty dollars were issued.  The three lower denominations are dated as 1st Nov 1876 and $50 bills are dated as 1st Dec. 1881.  Thomas N. Gibbs has his signature and portrait on each bank note.  Four dollar bills are occasionally available.  All other notes are very rare.  We would certainly welcome the chance to purchase any denomination.
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Bank Notes from 1890:

The Standard Bank of Canada issued both $10 and $50 bills dated as 1st Dec 1890.  And surprisingly, the $50 bills are actually more common.  Generally speaking though, both notes are rare.  Ten dollar bills feature a portrait of Thomas N. Gibbs.  W.F. Cowan is shown on $50 bills.  Cowan’s engraved signature is on both denominations.  Please contact us if you need a free appraisal on your note.
standard bank 1890 50

1891 Five Dollar Bills:

Records indicate that 1,114,000 1st May 1891 $5 bills were issued by The Standard Bank of Canada.  This time The American Bank Note Co. New York got the printing contract.  These notes come in four different varieties based on their front color and back color.  Prices range from $200 to thousands of dollars based on the variety and condition.  Please contact us for an exact value.  We are also buyers.
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1900 Ten Dollar Bills:

Here is another colorful and attractive bank note from The Standard Bank of Canada.  These $10 bills are dated as 1st May 1900.  W.F. Cowan is pictured on and signed each bank note.  Values start at $500 and go up from there based on condition.
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Bank Notes from 1914 – 1917:

We are starting to get into some slightly more common bank notes.  These can be dated as 2nd January 1914, 2nd January 1918, or 2nd January 1919.  As the denomination increases, so does the rarity.  That just means that $5 bills are more available than $100 bills.  Each denomination has different varieties based on the year and signature combination.  Five and twenty dollar bills have generic vignettes.  Mr. Cowan is pictured on the $10 and $100 bills.  Other signors besides Cowan include W. Francis, A.F. White, George P Scholfield, C.H. Easson, and N.L. McLeod.  If you have any bank note from this series then you definitely want to work with an expert (like us) to establish an accurate value.
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standard bank 1914 10
standard bank 1914 20
standard bank 1914 100

1924 Ten Dollar Bills:

The Standard Bank of Canada issued two types of ten dollar bills dated as 2nd January 1924.  Some varieties have a yellow-brown tint.  Others have a yellow-orange tint.  N.L. McLeod signed on the right hand side of each note.  The left signor can be W. Francis or A.F. White.  The Francis signature carries a premium.  Please contact us if you would like some exact values.
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We buy all types of Canadian currency.  We are especially interested in bank notes from The Standard Bank of Canada in Toronto.  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 The Standard Bank of Canada in Toronto could look similar to the one seen below.  There are lots of other designs, denominations, and varieties.  So your exact bank note could certainly be different.  Contact us for more value information.