1935 Bank of Canada $500 to make auction debut at Toronto Coin Expo

A ‘superb rarity’ that’s making its auction debut, Lot 530 features a 1935 Bank of Canada $500 banknote with a pre-sale estimate of $500,000-$600,000. The ‘trophy note’ will be offered in Geoffrey Bell Auctions’ Sale No. 29 on Sept. 29, to be held in conjunction with the Toronto Coin Expo.

A 1935 $500 Bank of Canada banknote that “hasn’t seen the light of day at any auction” will make its first appearance at Geoffrey Bell Auctions (GBA)’s Sept. 29 sale on the opening day of the Toronto Coin Expo. Describing it as a “superb rarity,” GBA’s Brian Bell says the auction firm acquired the rare... Continue reading →

Rare 1924 $5 Dominion note to hit auction block this fall

With a starting bid of $5,500, Lot 955 features this rare 1924 $5 Dominion of Canada banknote.

With only 109 reported in existence, a 1924 Dominion of Canada $5 banknote is available at Colonial Acres’ Fall Premier Numismatic Auction this September. Graded PMG VF-25, Lot 955 bears Campbell-Sellar signatures, with a presale estimate of $9,735. “You can expect to see some fantastic examples of numismatics in this auction,” says Colonial’s Todd Sandham.... Continue reading →

First-time exhibitor hits it out the park

Paul Demerchant, right, receives the Best of Show Award from head judge James Williston. The first-time exhibitor swept the awards for his exhibit on J.O.P. dollars.

While Paul Demerchant has been “seriously” collecting coins for the last 25 years, he decided this year at age 81 to enter his first exhibit in the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA)’s convention exhibition. It paid off big time for the Florenceville-Bristol, N.B. resident. Not only did he place first in his category of Canadian... Continue reading →

Pasqua First Nation repatriates treaty medal at RCNA auction

This 1874 Indian Treaty Medal No. 4 is returning home to the Pasqua First Nation in Saskatchewan.

The “much rarer” 1874 Indian Treaty Medal No. 4, sold at the recent Royal Canadian Numismatic Association convention auction, is returning home to the Pasqua First Nation in Saskatchewan. “Having possession of the Treaty 4 medal is important for the Nation,” the successful bidder writes in a news release from The Canadian Numismatic Company (TCNC),... Continue reading →

‘A vanishing rarity,’ 1921 fifty-cent coin to hit the auction block in September

‘PCGS certified as a Specimen 64,’ the 1921 fifty-cent coin hitting the auction block in September ‘is garbed in a fitting sombre grey patina with undertones of regal purple,’ Colonial Acres says.

The “King of Canadian Coins” will be one of many rarities featured in Colonial Acres’ Fall Premier Numismatic Auction this September. “Colonial Acres will be presenting to the public a vanishing rarity: one of but six specimen-grade examples of the 1921 fifty-cent piece known to exist,” says the auction firm’s Todd Sandham. “PCGS certified as... Continue reading →

Collectors gather in Halifax for coins, camaraderie

RCNA Convention chair James Williston (left), cruise organizer Stephen Oatway (centre) and RCNA President Steve Woodland stand aboard the Bluenose II alongside more than 60 other show-goers.

Friendships, education, and camaraderie are the ingredients that make for a successful and memorable Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) convention. “Going to an RCNA convention is very much the same as eating peanuts. Once you start, it’s impossible to stop and you keep on coming back all the time,” says William Waychison, a past president... Continue reading →

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