Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice
IMPORTANT: In-person floor bidding is temporarily suspended and our offices are closed, except for scheduled appointments. See details including all options for bidding remotely.


    Rare James Baird Scrip- One of Five Pieces Known

    (St. John's), Newfoundland- James Baird Ltd. 50¢ Oct. 21, 1916
    A beautiful, well signed example with wide margins and attractive color that earned the Choice Uncirculated 64 grade from PMG. The issue date was rubber stamped vertically near the left margin. This scrip is quite rare. Of the five known pieces, four are listed in major collections, including one housed in the National Currency Collection. Based on the information we have, this is the only example that has been offered publicly and it is two numbers away from the plate note in Charlton. Beginning as a simple import and drapery business in 1853, Scottish-born James Baird eventually expanded his business into "one of the largest mercantile and fish exporting operations in the colony" through a series of partnerships according to Charlton's Canadian Merchant Scrip book. He was also key in securing fishing rights for residents on the west coast of Newfoundland.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2010
    17th-21st Thursday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 304

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    15% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 21 days left to consign to the 2020 August 4 - 10 ANA Worlds' Fair of Money World Paper Money Signature Auction - Pittsburgh!

    Learn about consigning with us

    I think heritage is the best auction house and has the best service - that’s why I use you. 
    Sara B.,
    Dubai, UAE
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search