Geoffrey Bell Auctions’ Spring Sale: extraordinary rarities await

Geoffrey Bell Auctions’ upcoming spring sale promises a dazzling array of extraordinary rarities that will captivate collectors. Among the coveted treasures up for grabs are two illustrious Indian treaty medals, an exquisite Bank of British North America $4 banknote, a pristine 1913 ten cents coin, and a prestigious medal collection curated by Canadian authors Raymond and Carol Gregory.

Auctioneer Brian Bell assures that the sale exemplifies the auction house’s consistent professionalism, with nearly 1,100 lots sourced from 42 different consignors. The auction will take place on May 2-3, coinciding with the Toronto Coin Expo held from May 3-4.

Highlights of the auction include a meticulously curated collection of 131 lots of medals, as detailed in the Gregorys’ two-volume work, Numismatic History of Canada and the United States. Notable pieces include the 1926 Manhattan Tercentenary Medal, the 1867-1927 Canada Confederation Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the 1759 Quebec Taken bronze medal.

The sale also features three remarkable medals: two Indian treaty medals and a George III Indian Peace Medal, each carrying a pre-sale estimate of $25,000-$30,000. These medals hold historical and cultural significance, representing tangible artifacts of the relationship between the Canadian government and First Nations.

Additionally, the auction boasts a diverse range of coins, including a rare 1913 ten cents coin with a pre-sale estimate of $50,000-$60,000 and error coins from the late Patrick Glassford’s collection. Notable among them is a 1982 Constitution dollar with a split planchet error, described as “the rarest form of error.”

The auction will also feature governor general medals, military medals, historical medals, Canadian pre-Confederation tokens, and numismatic tokens, offering collectors a diverse tapestry of numismatic history and cultural heritage.

Online bidding is now open, with live viewing of all lots available on May 2-3 at the Toronto Reference Library. The live auction will take place on May 2-3, starting at 5:30 p.m. EDT. For more information and to bid online, visit

Click here for the auction schedule and Toronto Coin Expo show hours.


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