Bell auction features part three of Cooper collection By Jesse Robitaille In recent years, the highlight of the Toronto Coin Expo has arguably been its auction, which is presented by Geoffrey Bell Auctions, of Moncton, N.B. In fact, last fall’s sale rewrote the record books after an 1845 Bank of Montreal halfpenny realized more than $60,000, setting a new numismatic record for the highest-priced Canadian token sold at an auction. Fortunately for Canadian collectors, the time has come for another Expo offering. “Geoffrey Bell Auctions will be featuring some rare and early pieces of Canadian history in its next auction at the Toronto Coin Expo, April 21 and 22,” said auctioneer Brian Bell. “This spring sale features a fine variety of numismatic material for both the beginner and connoisseur.” Continue reading →
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If you read the recent article in Ca- nadian Coin News which noted that the number of Royal Canadian Mint issues has grown 20 times in 20 years, you may have grumbled and complained how it’s now impossible for the average collector to afford everything that the Mint issues. I remember thinking this way a number of years ago. Last year, as that CCN article went on to explain, the RCM offered 225 products for collectors. A set of one of each would have cost $339,858. Preposterous? I think not.
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