Auction preview: 1935 Type II J.O.P. counterstamped silver dollar to be offered at Paris Winter Sale

New Brunswick’s Geoffrey Bell Auctions will offer a 1935 Type II “J.O.P.” counterstamped silver dollar at the Paris Winter Sale on Feb. 3.

Named after its producer Joseph Olivia Patenaude, a British Columbia businessman and promoter of Canadian silver mining, the silver dollar features the now-famous “J.O.P.” counterstamp between the canoe and year-date on the reverse.

“Our performance with J.O.P. counterstamped silver dollars has been consistently strong, so it’s no wonder we continue to be privileged with representing many of these scarce bits of Canadian numismatic history,” reads a blog post published by the auction house earlier this week. “Few non-traditional Canadian decimal items have generated as much research and passion as these dollars, but it’s no wonder—how often do you get to hold something in your hand that can be directly attributed to a single, celebrated individual?”


The example to be offered by Bell Auctions is graded About Uncirculated-55 by International Coin Certification Service.

“The type II counterstamp is a favourite; it embodies the skill Joseph Oliva Patenaude had as a jeweller, watch maker, and optician,” reads the blog post. “The stamp is described as having a small set of Patenaude’s initials within an oval, with periods after the J and O. The coin up for auction is a beautiful specimen; it would be a desirable example of Canada’s first silver dollar without the mark, but with the pristine stamp, it’s going to attract some attention in Paris.”

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