Auction recap: Colonial Acres Spring Numismatic Auction

Prices do not include 15 per cent buyer’s fee or taxes

This past weekend, Colonial Acres Coins hosted its 2016 Spring Numismatic Auction.

Many starting bids in the 1,022-lot sale were listed at about 50 per cent of their respective Trends valuations, offering a good opportunity for collectors to fill some holes in their collections, said auctioneer Kirk Parsons, who’s also co-owner of Colonial Acres Coins.


Among the top highlights was Lot 502, an 1899 Canadian 50-cent coin graded About Uncirculated-55 by International Coin Certification Service (ICCS).

“This coin is seldom found in the higher grade points,” said Parsons, who added the lot realized $4,301. It had a starting bid of $4,000.


Lot 522, this 1947 50-cent ‘Curved Seven’ Maple Leaf coin in ICCS Specimen-62, realized $3,000. (Photo by Colonial Acres Coins)

Another highlight was Lot 522, a 1947 50-cent “Curved Seven” Maple Leaf coin in ICCS Specimen-62.

“That’s a rare variety,” he said. “A curved Maple Leaf is a coin that most dealers don’t see too often, so it doesn’t come on the market too often.”

It crossed the block for $3,000 after a starting bid of $1,950.

Continuing the highlights was Lot 647, a “bright, flashy” 1967 “Diving Goose” dollar in ICCS Mint State-65. Issued as part of the final offering of Canadian silver dollars in 1967, this coin commemorating the 100th anniversary of Canadian Confederation features a Canada goose and the inscription “CANADA 1867-1967” on its reverse; however, because of an improperly rotated die, the goose appears to be diving down at a 45-degree angle.

“That’s tied for the highest grade by ICCS,” said Parsons, who added the lot sold for $1,400 after a starting bid of $1,000.


The sale also included some noteworthy notaphily, one highlight of which was Lot 718, a 1917 Banque d’Hochelaga note in Paper Money Guaranty Very Fine-25.

“The signature combination – Vaillancourt-Leman – is extremely rare, and as far as we know, it’s the finest example known to exist in private hands.”

Lot 718, this 1917 Banque d’Hochelaga note in Paper Money Guaranty Very Fine-25, sold for

Lot 718, this 1917 Banque d’Hochelaga note in Paper Money Guaranty Very Fine-25, sold for $3,000. (Photo by Colonial Acres Coins)

It realized $3,000.

Rounding out the highlights was Lot 749, a 1937 $10 BC-24a banknote in Gem Uncirculated-65.

“That’s the Osbourne-Towers signature, which is the rare one. In the population report, there are only about three known in that grade.”

It sold for $2,150 after a starting bid of $1,800.

For more information or to view lots from Colonial Acres’ Spring Numismatic Auction, click here.

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