The very last 2 pieces of the Sydney Hodgkinson card money collection are being offered in our 1200th Auction 9th March 2019 Lots 194 and 195
Card scripts (or card tokens) from the H.B.C. Tradings Posts in Northern B.C. were collected by Sydney Hodgkinson and brought in to All Nations by his family.
Sydney Hodgkinson worked as an accountant with the mighty Hudson’s Bay Company from 1908 to 1935. The trading posts were often in tiny,Â remote settlements.
Brian Grant-Duff is the expert who has handled the entire collection: card scrip is basically non-government issued, unofficial or semi-official currency. It looks like they come from the pre-World War I era. The historical record, which is scant, says that they were not supposed to be issued, they were not authorized by the Hudsons Bay Company. But the poor guys running the post needed some form of money as people were trading. So this is possibly locally created scrip.
The scrips are very small, like an old-fashioned ticket at a movie theatre. They come in four different denominations, each with a different colour. The 25-cent scrips were white, 50 cents were green, $1 was red and $5 was blue.
“What is interesting is that it’s multi-coloured printing,” said Grant-Duff. “They managed to get a rainbow-coloured printing on it, I guess to prevent counterfeiting. I’m not sure how they did that, but it’s extraordinary.
Grant Duff auctioned the first scrip in the cache on June 20 2015. It was estimated at $100, but wound up selling for $1,099. Six bidders from across Canada faced off over the scrip, which appeals to both Hudson’s Bay Company and B.C. collectors. The rarity of the scrips makes them valuable.
Thank you John Mackie for these words from your article in The Vancouver Sun.
Fort Grahame $1 card money
Sydney Hodgkinson was an imaginative and lyrical chap – he writes to a friend in familiar verse, thanking him for a book:
Sydney was a regular writer and contributed to The Beaver – H.B.C.’s inhouse journal:
Hudson’s Bay Company, B.C. District, Dease Post $5 scrip. This is the very last of the Sydney Hodgkinson find. Lot 195 in this week’s 1200th auction on 9th March 2019.
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Hudson's Bay Company B.C. District XF Dease 25c Card Money ex Hodgkinson Auction A1050 12 March 2016 Lot 194 Realized: $1375.00
Hudson's Bay Company B.C. District Unused $1 Scrip on red card ex Hodgkinson Auction #1026 - Noon Saturday 12 September 2015 Lot 194 Realized $412.50