Medals ‘under-appreciated’ in Canadian numismatics

A rare silver Confederation medal designed by Joseph Shepherd Wyon and his brother Alfred Benjamin Wyon sold for $2,750 (plus buyer's premium) at auction in 2011. (Photo by Geoffrey Bell Auctions)

Despite their inclusion in some of the most significant Canadian numismatic collections of all-time, medals remain an “under-appreciated” area of the hobby in this country. Going as far back as April 1895, when the Gerald Hart Collection was sold in New York by auctioneer Henry Merry, medals played a prominent part in collectors’ interests. The 619-lot Hart Collection catalogue, for example, includes a two-page preface highlighting its medals and their history. Continue reading →

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