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    Canada, New France Playing Card Money 12 Livres S107 1729-49
    A scarce issue to be sure, with this 12 Livres example carrying the signatures of the governor and intendant similar to those seen on 1735 issues as illustrated in the 2010 Charlton Catalog of Canadian Government Paper Money. The date, which has faded substantially, prominently displays a 17 with the last two digits difficult to discern. The government seal remains strong and there is a notch at top center. The last example of card money to cross the auction block was an example in 2008 which realized $18,000 although it was in better condition. PMG Good 4 Net.

    Playing Card Money as it is known circulated in French Canada from 1685 until the fall of Quebec in 1759. French Colonial authorities first issued card money in 1685 because they needed a means to pay the troops that were defending against the Iroquois. The shortage of coins led to them to use playing cards as a form of currency. The cards were cut into quarters and the seal of the treasurer was affixed with wax. It was then signed by the governor and the intendant. It is believed that the first issue consisted of 15 Sols, 40 Sols, and 4 Francs. Later issues included half and whole cards as a means of differentiating denominations. The cards were originally intended to be a short-term solution, however they were so well received that their issuance continued. Card money was also used in Louisiana from 1722 to circa 1790.

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    June, 2010
    17th-21st Thursday-Monday
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