Keller Collection draws ‘record’ interest at Torex auction

Lot 891 was an 1872H 50-cent ‘Inverted A/V’ variety from the Gerald Keller Collection that sold for $40,250.

A series of 50-cent coins in Choice to Gem condition from the Gerald Keller Collection highlighted the four-session Torex Auction recently hosted by The Canadian Numismatic Auction Company (TCNAC). Sessions one and two were held Nov. 17-18 at Toronto’s Hyatt Regency – the long-time venue of Torex Coin Show and Auctions – and featured 1,130 lots of coins, tokens, banknotes, errors, early Proof-like sets and gold bullion. Sessions three and four, which included Canadian coins, tokens and banknotes, were held at TCNAC’s headquarters in Québec. The event closed off a busy year of sales for the Québec-based auction house. “This sale saw a record high attendance and bidding action on the Internet platform, which did in some way hinder auction progress slightly, especially during session one, but of course this was all for the right reasons,” said auctioneer Marc Verret. “We are sure all consignors would agree.” Verret and fellow TCNAC auctioneer Eric Paquet said they are both “very satisfied with the overall attendance on both the floor and Internet, and the final sales results were proof of another quite successful sale.” Among the top highlights was Lot 891, an 1872H 50-cent “Inverted A/V” variety from the Gerald Keller Collection. The letter “V” from the inscription “VICTORIA” is an “A,” so the Queen’s name is spelled “AICTORIA.” In Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS)/International Coin Certification Service (ICCS) Mint State-62, the coin was described by auctioneers as being a “superior quality example with extravagant tints of orange and purples” and “the best example seen and handled by TCNC.” It realized $40,250 after a starting price of $35,000. Continue reading →

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