Auction review: All Nations’ 1,100th auction exceeds pre-sale estimates

Last month, All Nations Stamp and Coin hosted its 1,100th weekly auction, which was highlighted by a series of paper money lots as well as a handful of gold and silver coins.

Auctioneer Brian Grant Duff said there was “standing room only” during the March 18 sale, which he added was “well supported with collector and dealer bids from across North America and around the world.”

According to Duff, pre-sale estimates of $92,685 were exceeded by a total gross of $106,000.


Among the sale’s highlights was Lot 189, an uncirculated 1923 Dominion of Canada $2 “Horseblanket” note (DC-26i), which earns its name from its large size.

“The Horseblanket is an oversized banknote—large enough to look like you could throw it over a horse,” said Duff, in June 2016.

The note, which features the future King Edward VIII, hammered down for $3,500, topping its a pre-sale estimate of $2,000.

Lot 168 was this 1653 British crown that realized $3,500. (Photo by All Nations)


Another highlight was Lot 168, a silver crown issued by the Commonwealth of Oliver Cromwell in 1653. Graded About Uncirculated Details by Numismatic Guaranty Corp., the 364-year-old coin brought $3,500. It had an estimate of $5,000.

Another high earner was Lot 171, which was described by auctioneers as a “lovely” uncirculated two-pound gold coin issued by Great Britain in 1887 to mark the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. It hammered down for $2,200, narrowly topping its pre-sale estimate of $2,000.

This coin’s larger version—an Extremely Fine 1887 five-pound gold piece—was offered as Lot 172. This “lightly cleaned” example exceeded its estimate of $2,500 when it crossed the block for $2,750.

Lot 169 was this 1847 Gothic silver crown issued by Great Britain. It brought $2,600. (Photo by All Nations)

Rounding out the sale’s top-earning coins was Lot 169, an 1847 Gothic silver crown issued by Great Britain. It sold for $2,600, nearly doubling its pre-sale estimate of $1,500.


Nearing the end of the 200-lot sale, Lot 191—a scarce 1935 $25 George V Silver Jubilee note (BC-11)—realized $2,300. According to auctioneers, the note was “avidly competed for” and hammered down to a floor bidder in spite of a tear.

For more information about All Nations’ 1,100th weekly auction, visit

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