Realizations do not include buyer’s premium
Among the top highlights of the first session was Lot 464, a Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) token struck for the post established around 1848 in Little Grand Rapids, Man. According to auctioneers, the 28-mm aluminum token was not listed by Gingras, although he was aware it existed (it would become Gingras 270c). This roughly 170-year-old token hammered down for $13,500.
Other token highlights included Lot 450, an 1820 North West Company copper token (Breton 925) measuring 28 mm and weighing 10.02 grams. In Fine-plus to Very Fine condition, this lot realized $7,000 at last night’s sale.
Another token, this struck by I. G. Baker and Company and offered as Lot 499, was a 50-cent uniface piece on a 34-mm brass planchet. Listed as “F540b” in Donald M. Stewart’s Alberta Trade Tokens, this “exceedingly rare” offering also brought $7,000.
Lot 447 was a brass, 25-cent token listed by Gingras as “230” (and is also listed by Stewart in Alberta Trade Tokens under Fort Macleod as “F570i”). This token—with “H.B.C.” re-stamped over “I. G. B. & Co.”—realized $4,100.
Earlier in the sale, Lot 202 was offered as a 1909 25-cent coin in Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) MS-65. According to auctioneers, the coin features “bright blue/olive and blue-green patina with complimenting tones of orange-gold and mauve.” It eventually sold for $4,000.
Rounding out the highlights was Lot 244, a 1911 50-cent coin in PCGS MS-64. Described by auctioneers as a “superior example of this conditionally rare” type coin, this example is only bested by four other examples with a higher grade. This “rare and highly desirable” lot hammered down for $3,800.
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