Few things are quite as Canadian as Canadian Tire money. “Canadian” is literally in the name. And if you have lived in Canada for a short or long while, you’ve definitely encountered the colourful cash at some point.
Hopefully, you kept on to those bills of store-specific tender, because you could be holding on to a valuable collectable.
Yes, Canadian Tire money can be worth thousands of dollars, depending on the bill. If you happen to have a very rare or special piece of Canadian Tire money, it’s kind of like having a super rare, first edition piece of Exodia (where my Yu-Gi-Oh! fans, at?) which can be worth far more than the paper its printed on.
To give you an idea, a 50-cent bill from 1958 is currently worth more than $1500, points out Maclean’s, who has written an extended feature on Canadian Tire money and its cabal of collectors.
A $2 Canadian Tire note sold from 1989 went to auction with a $3000 price tag.
Stacks of Canadian Tire cash can also be sold. Currently, on eBay, a brick of 25-cent bills from 1992 is going for more than $1000.
But, as with all collectibles, the standard stuff isn’t going to garner any interest. Only rare or peculiar pieces of Canadian Tire money are going to draw in collectors who will throw down big bucks.
For example, a $2 Canadian Tire bill from 1992 that had a misaligned serial number on the back can be sold for thousands. A $2 note from the same year, without the defect, won’t get nearly as large an offer.
So who designates how much a bill is worth? And who is actually going to buy these Canadian collectibles?
There’s a group for that: the Canadian Tire Coupon Collectors Club.
An online community, these collectors regularly discuss all-things related to Canadian Tire money. Guides are posted, history is discussed, and meetings are organized on the CTCC website, a one-stop resource for anyone looking to get into Canadian Tire money collectables.
And that includes random Canadians who want to appraise their wares. If you think you may have a rare bill, the CTCC is probably the best place to find out how much it’s worth, if anything.
Find out more by checking out the CTCC website (which was created in 1990 and doesn’t look like it’s been updated since) right here.