Auction review: All Nations’ 1150th sale exceeds expectations

All Nations Stamp and Coin held its 1150th weekly auction, which saw 97 per cent of the lots sold while pre-sale estimates were topped by 25 per cent on a sunny Saint Patrick’s Day.

Held March 17, the 200-lot sale was comprised of two Canadian estates that featured several numismatic highlights.

“A full house competed avidly against collector, dealer and institutional absentee and telephone buyers from across North America and around the world,” said Brian Grant Duff, owner and auctioneer of the Vancouver-based auction house. “New bidders joined in the fray as a result of stories in the Vancouver Sun and on Breakfast Television. There was no room for the television cameraperson who showed up to the sale. The session began with a flurry of phone bidders from as far away as China and the United Kingdom, but settled into an enjoyable few hours of the floor buyers trying to take home some of the proffered collectibles.”

Among the top highlights was a rare uncirculated 1913 silver 10-cent “Broad Leaves” variety that yielded $9,500 as Lot 171.

Lot 182 was a 323 BC Alexander the Great gold stater that brought $6,500.

An extremely fine Alexander the Great gold stater from 323 BC sold for nearly $6,500 as Lot 182.

A set of 100 proof Franklin Mint silver Art Masterpiece medals brought $4,708 as Lot 190.

Rounding out the coinage highlights is Lot 180, an uncirculated 1948 silver dollar that netted $1,500.


Lot 193 was an 1897 Dominion of Canada $2 ‘Fishing Dory’ banknote that realized $1,100.

In the paper money section, a very fine 1897 Dominion of Canada $2 “Fishing Dory” banknote realized $1,100 as Lot 193.

An extremely fine-plus 1935 Bank of Canada Queen Mary $2 bill realized $1,028.50 as Lot 196.

Lastly, the McDames Creek Hudson’s Bay Company $5 card money—from the Sydney Hodgkinson find—sold for $1,100 as Lot 199.

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