Volume 55#13

October 3 – October 16, 2017

Lot 709 is a 1921 50-cent coin, known as the ‘King of Canadian Coins,’ which is expected to bring upwards of $65,000 at the Sept. 29-30 Toronto Coin Expo sale hosted by Geoffrey Bell Auctions.

‘King of Canadian Coins’ expected to bring $65k

A 1921 50-cent coin – known affectionally as the “King of Canadian Coins” – will hit the auction block this September, and it’s expected to bring upwards of $65,000. Described by auctioneers as “Canada’s most desired coin,” this 96-year-old example will be offered as Lot 709 of the upcoming sale hosted by New Brunswick’s Geoffrey Bell Auctions. With a grade of International Coin Certification Service (ICCS) Very Good-8, this lot is described by auctioneers as a “strong example” and one of only 75 believed to have survived the original mintage of 206,398. “This circulated example is perfect for the collector who has dreamed of owning a problem-free coin,” said auctioneer Brian Bell, who’s also the owner of The Coin Cabinet in Moncton, N.B. This example is only one of nearly 1,600 lots to be offered via floor and Internet bidding on Sept. 28-29 in conjunction with the biannual Toronto Coin Expo, which is held at the Toronto Reference Library on 789 Yonge St. Other highlights include the final offering of both the Richard Cooper Collection as well as the Covered Bridge Collection, the latter of which will see “fresh rarities that are coming out of storage for the first time in numerous years.” Trophy notes from many chartered banks – complemented by a Choice Uncirculated French 1935 Series $50 note – will also garner a “frenzy of bidding,” Bell said. Continue reading →

Features
Calgary Numismatic Society newsletter editor celebrates 40th anniversary
Page 1
Canadian symbols stand out in Mint’s September releases
Page 1
1921 George V five-cent on offer for $5.5k
Page 6
Coin Expo ready to roll out ‘another packed show’
Page 11
Medals and tokens channel hydro-electricity theme
Page 26

Regulars
CCN Trends
Focus on Canadian 50 cents
Page 28
CCN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 34
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 37
Columns
Tim Grawey
Colonial Tokens
Debate swirls around 1832 Thistle counterfeits’ origins
Page 8
Stanley Clute
Notes & Bills
Macdonald has become a fixture on our $10
Page 12

John Regitko
Errors & Varieties
Stature of coin errors has experienced highs and lows
Page 14
Jeff Fournier
Numismatic Fringe
Loads of club medals issued for Canada 150
Page 22

Mike Walsh
New Issues
New numismatic issues from around the world
Page 27
Past Issues
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