A 115-year-old banknote issued by the Canadian Bank of Commerce – complete with a rare “Dawson” overprint – crossed the block for $40,000 at the Toronto Coin Expo Sale on Sept. 30. Auctioneer Geoffrey Bell said only four examples of this “outstanding rarity” are known to exist. “It’s a very historical piece, and it’s very interesting,” said Bell, of Lot 757, adding this 1901 $5 note (Charlton 75-14-06a) was acquired from a Canadian dealer several years ago. The long-time auctioneer and collector said he was “pleased with both nights” of the 948-lot sale, which was hosted by Geoffrey Bell Auctions on Sept. 29-30. Continue reading →
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For many years, the Royal Canadian and American Numismatic Associations organized special events, making a concerted effort to showcase our fine hobby to the public each October during “Coin Week.” A unique ANA initiative asked individual collectors, clubs and coin dealers to distribute inexpensive collector coins: the type readily available to the collector community, but rarely seen by the public. The ANA suggested the collecting community use some of these coins to make purchases at their local convenience stores, at the mall or anywhere else that an average person might shop and could receive one of these inexpensive “collector” coins in their change. What a great idea it was. What’s stopping any one of us from doing that in our communities today, even though we no longer have an organized coin week in Canada?
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