Tokens will dominate the numismatic portion of Jeffrey Hoare Auctions’ Jan. 29, 2017 sale, being held in conjunction with the Canadian Association of Numismatic Dealers annual show in Hamilton. The tokens, coming from the collection of collector and dealer Jack C. Lavis, are extensive, covering the era from the French Regime to post-Confederation. It includes Lots 95 and 96, a pair of rare blacksmith tokens. Considered contemporary counterfeits, blacksmith tokens received their name because it was once claimed they were created by a blacksmith to support his drinking habit. They are known for small flans and poorly struck images, often in mirror form of the original token. Lot 95 is a Warehouse/JB in script, BL-31, About Fine and estimated at $1,200; while Lot 96 is a bust left and Britannia facing right, BL-38A2, VG with a tiny clip and some verdigris, estimated at $2,000. There are also five lots of jetons – French counting pieces used as a medium of exchange. Continue reading →
My earliest recollection of having a fascination with coinage came in 1967 when I was four years old. So 2017 actually marks the 50th anniversary of my ‘obsession’. I did not begin actively collecting coins until 1971, however, at the ripe old age of eight. My collecting interests now include Canadian municipal and commemorative medals, coin club medals, centennial collectibles, municipal trade currency, Canadian decimals, Chartered and Government of Canada banknotes and a host of other items. My involvement in organized Numismatics began around 1975 and since that time, I have become progressively more active.
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