Off market for 31 years, iconic fur trade relic, historic rarity tops $100K

An extremely rare circa 1817 engraved gold Beaver Club medal sold for more than $100,000 at an auction in Texas this April. The medal is named to David David, the first Jewish person born in Canada. Photos by Heritage Auctions.

A circa 1817 Beaver Club of Montréal medal named to David David, the first Canadian-born Jew, sold for $84,000 US (about $106,000 Cdn.) as part of the Donald Partrick Collection this April. The extremely rare engraved gold medal crossed the block as Lot 3060 of Heritage Auctions’ April 22-25 Central States sale, where it was tucked among a 28-lot offering of mostly U.S. medals and tokens. It last sold more than three decades ago – in a June 1990 Jeffrey Hoare Auctions sale – at Toronto’s Torex show, where it brought $51,700 as Lot 1206. Fewer than 25 examples are believed to exist, according to Heritage auctioneers, who found only eight appearances of four different Beaver Club medals – the David David example among them – over the past 150 years. Two of those medals have since found their way into institutional collections. Continue reading →

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