Dominion of Canada 5 Dollars banknote 1924 Queen Mary

Dominion of Canada 5 Dollars banknote 1924 Queen Mary
Dominion of Canada Five Dollar 1924 Queen Mary
Dominion of Canada Five Dollar 1924
Dominion of Canada 5 Dollar 1924 Queen Mary

Very few of the 1924 $5 notes ever hit circulation, or at least stayed there for long. Although the engraved date for this note shows 1924 the actual printing did not commence until 1931. Furthermore, the small quantity printed of 2,000,000 was not released until 1934 and roughly a third of that number actually entered circulation. Being released in 1934 made this a very short lived series as the 1935 Bank of Canada issues started to circulate with intentions of replacing the Dominion notes of old. Interestingly the engraved calendar date of May 26th coincides with Queen Mary's birthday.   This issue is considered very elusive in the collecting community and therefore the notes have considerable value.

The back depicts the East Block of the Parliament Buildings, engraved from a photograph.  The general layout conforms to the 1923 $1 and $2 notes.  They were printed in blue, distinguishing them from the other denominations.

Text:   The Dominion Of Canada – Will pay to the bearer on demand – Five Dollars – Ottawa, May 26th, 1924 – Canadian bank note company. Limited

Each 1924 $5 bill from The Dominion of Canada was signed by C.E. Campbell and Watson Seller.
Printer Canadian Bank Note Company. Quantity Printed:   2,000,000

Queen Mary (1867-1953) was the wife of King George V.  She was originally engaged to his elder brother, the wayward Duke of Clarence, but married George after the Duke's untimely death.  She lived to see the reigns of two of her sons, Edward VIII and George VI, and granddaughter Queen Elizabeth II.  The note bearing Queen Mary's portrait is dated May 26th, 1924, in honour of her birthday.

Delhi Durbar Tiara
The Delhi Durbar Tiara was made in 1911 by the then Royal Jewellers, Garrard & Co., for Queen-Empress Mary (wife of King-Emperor George V) to wear at the 1911 Delhi Durbar.

This tiara is made of platinum and gold, and set with diamonds. It was part of the Queen Mary's parure of emeralds and diamonds made for the 1911 Durbar, which also included a necklace, stomacher, brooch and earrings. While King George V wore a crown for the Durbar (the newly commissioned Imperial Crown of India), his Consort Queen Mary did not wear a crown for the occasion; instead, Queen Mary wore the Durbar Tiara, together with the other items of the Delhi Durbar parure.

The Dehli Durbar Tiara takes the form of a tall circlet of lyres and S-scrolls, linked by festoons of rose and brilliant-cut diamonds. The upper border was originally set with ten of the Cambridge emeralds, acquired by Queen Mary in 1910 and originally owned by her grandmother the Duchess of Cambridge, but these were removed by 1922 for use elsewhere. In the year following the Delhi Durbar, the tiara was altered to take either or both of the two Lesser Stars of Africa – Cullinan III and IV; the drop-shaped stone was held at the top of the jewel and the cushion-shaped stone hung in the oval aperture below.

In 1946, Queen Mary lent the tiara to the then Queen Consort Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother) for the 1947 South African Tour and it remained with her until her death in 2002, when it passed to Queen Elizabeth II. In 2005, it was lent by the Queen to Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.


Mary of Teck - Queen Mary of the United Kingdom
Mary of Teck (Victoria Mary Augusta Louise Olga Pauline Claudine Agnes; 26 May 1867 – 24 March 1953) was Queen consort of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Empress consort of India, as the wife of King - Emperor George V.
  Although technically a princess of Teck, in the Kingdom of W├╝rttemberg, she was born and raised in England. Her parents were Francis, Duke of Teck, who was of German extraction, and Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, a member of the British Royal Family. She was informally known as "May", after her birth month. At the age of 24 she was betrothed to Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, the eldest son of the Prince of Wales, but six weeks after the announcement of the engagement he died unexpectedly of pneumonia. The following year she became engaged to Albert Victor's next surviving brother, George, who subsequently became King. Before her husband's accession she was successively Duchess of York, Duchess of Cornwall and Princess of Wales.
  As queen consort from 1910, she supported her husband through the First World War, his ill health and major political changes arising from the aftermath of the war and the rise of socialism and nationalism. After George's death in 1936, she became queen mother when her eldest son, Edward, ascended the throne, but to her dismay he abdicated later the same year in order to marry twice-divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson. She supported her second son, Albert, who succeeded to the throne as George VI, until his death in 1952. She died the following year, during the reign of her granddaughter Queen Elizabeth II, who had not yet been crowned.


Canadian 5 Dollar Bills


Dominion of Canada 5 Dollar Bill 1924 Queen Mary           Canadian 5 Dollar Bill 1937 King George VI