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Volume 53 – #15

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Volume 53#15

November 3 – November 16, 2015

Lot 129 was this 1845 Bank of Montreal halfpenny (Breton 527), which realized $61,200 and set a new Canadian numismatic record.

1845 BMO halfpenny sets Canadian numismatic record

Another 170-year-old token sold for more than $60,000 at the recent Fall 2015 Toronto Coin Expo, setting a new numismatic record for the highest-priced Canadian token sold at an auction. Altogether, the auction realized nearly $800,000 from some 950 lots of tokens, coins, medals and banknotes as part of Geoffrey Bell Auctions biannual Coin Expo sale. The auction’s highlight was undoubtedly lot 129, an 1845 Bank of Montreal (BMO) halfpenny (Breton 527) that crossed the block for $61,200 after an estimate of $40,000-$50,000. Continue reading →

Features
Penmanship card an ‘interesting’ aside to Canada’s banking history
Page 1
Mint coins honour legendary NHL goalies
Page 1
ANFC ‘back on track’ after 13 years: founder
Page 16
‘Crappy’ zinc coins tell fascinating wartime tale
Page 17
Young collectors get tips, inspiration at expo workshop
Page 25
Banks on rails an example of one of many ‘crossover hobbies’
Page 28

Regulars
CCN Trends
Focus on Proof-like singles
Page 10
CCN marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 30
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 33
Editorial
Live events great for the hobby

Pictures do tell the story, and I received one by text on the first evening of the recent Geoffrey Bell sale as a reminder that live auctions are still popular. “Live auctions are alive and well,” the text accompanying the picture proclaimed. It shows the auction room, held at the downtown Toronto Reference Library, almost filled to capacity. I was speaking to auctioneer Brian Bell afterwards, and I agree with him that, despite increasing online bidding, live auctions are not dead. The keys are great material, strong marketing and passionate collectors that stay connected to the hobby.

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By mwalsh
Columns
Stanley Clute
Ancient Money
Clever Cleopatra kept Rome at bay for two decades
Page 8
Tim Grawey
Colonial Tokens
Packet ship served as model for Upper Canada tokens
Page 15

Sean Sinclair
Commemorative Coins
Mints around the world honour fallen soldiers, leaders
Page 22
Lewis E. Tauber
Numismatic Collateral
19th-century notes offer fascinating study
Page 24

Jesse Robitaille
New Issues
New numismatic issues from around the world
Page 29
Jesse Robitaille
Numismatic Profile
Young numismatist destined for hobby greatness
Page 32

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