At Geoffrey Bell Auctions Ltd., 2018 will be off to an exciting start with the Paris Winter Sale February 3rd in Paris, Ontario. Shows in the dead of winter can be fun because that’s when most collectors are busy working on their material, so numismatics is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. All the I’s are being dotted and the T’s crossed on the auction lots, so you’ll have a complete listing soon, but our smart clients know to watch our blog to learn about some of the more interesting pieces.
Our performance with J.O.P. counterstamped silver dollars has been consistently strong, so it’s no wonder we continue to be privileged with representing many of these scarce bits of Canadian numismatic history. Few non-traditional Canadian decimal items have generated as much research and passion as these dollars, but it’s no wonder – how often do you get to hold something in your hand that can be directly attributed to a single, celebrated individual?
A counterstruck example hitting the blocks at the Paris Winter Sale is a 1935 Type II J.O.P. Counterstamp graded AU55 by ICCS. The 60th edition of the Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian Coins lists four varieties of J.O.P. counterstamps (of course, readers of this blog will know about a fifth mark), with the fourth perhaps being suspect as to its authenticity.
The type II counterstamp is a favourite; it embodies the skill Joseph Oliva Patenaude had as a jeweller, watch maker, and optician. The stamp is described as having a small set of Patenaude’s initials within an oval, with periods after the J and O. The coin up for auction is a beautiful specimen; it would be a desirable example of Canada’s first silver dollar without the mark, but with the pristine stamp, it’s going to attract some attention in Paris.
The Paris Winter Sale is going to be a lot of fun, both for us and our clients, so mark your calendars for the auction taking place live in Paris and on iCollector February 3rd, 2018. Of course, if you’re in the area, plan to attend the Paris Coin Show February 4th.