Topic: Gold Flag, Flying Loon and Polar Bear Notes  (Read 5011 times)
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« on: March 10, 2009, 09:08:11 am »

Gold Flag, Flying Loon and Polar Bear Notes

One has probably seen many of these notes for sale on eBay beginning in 2007. There are three main notes:

"Polar Bear" 1986 $2 Note

"Flying Loon" 1973 $1 Note

"Gold Flag" 1967 $1 Note

"Year of the Dog" 2002 $5 Note

While each of these notes are legal tender and are authentic banknotes, neither the Bank of Canada nor the Royal Canadian Mint issued them with the overprinted markings. These have been added to the notes after being introduced to circulation and are thus NOT official markings from the Canadian government.

The original, unaltered notes have a catalogue value of approximately CAD$5.00, yet the modified notes have been sold to innocent, uninformed consumers and collectors for over USD$100.00 in some cases.

Also seen recently are "gold flag errors" whereby the gold flag appears elsewhere on the note, on either side, but out of its usual position. Be equally wary of these notes. It is simply an attempt to sell them for a higher price.

One reputable coin and banknote dealer had the following to say about these notes:
"Any good printer can add such trash to a banknote."

The Bank of Canada replied to another collector's inquiry with the following:

Do not get fooled by the claims of rarity in the auction listings! These notes are aftermarket forgeries and are barely worth their face value.

These notes are a waste of your hard-earned money. They will NEVER appreciate in value and are not collectible.

Putting it plain and simply, selling these notes and alleging that they are rare and special is fraud. Investigate for yourself and don't get caught up in the false hype.

(Note: There are several eBay sellers selling these items. Many of them do not know or realize the true story behind these notes. This guide is not meant to discredit any seller or comment negatively about any seller. This is about the notes, and only about the notes. Also, several sellers have begun openly stating that the overprints are added by a third-party company.)
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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2011, 09:25:31 pm »

I found this post very informative and educational. Great work.
« Last Edit: May 15, 2011, 09:28:29 pm by coinsoldier »

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