Do you have an interest in Canadian pre-confederation tokens? We have good news! Geoffrey Bell Auctions Ltd. has assembled an impressive offering of nice-grade tokens for their Paris Sale, which takes place February 3, 2018, giving opportunity for enthusiasts of these historic bits of metal to fill some of those hard-to-find holes or upgrade their existing collection. Here’s just a few examples.
Out of Newfoundland, Rutherford Bros. tokens are very popular pieces. With the local government not issuing coins until 1865, Newfoundland merchants needed to address the shortage of coinage on their own. Rutherford Bros. tokens have the family arms on one side and a suspended sheep’s carcass on the other. One of the Rutherford Bros. tokens in The Paris Sale is out of Harbour Grace, a CH-NF-1C1 graded by ICCS as EF45.
The ships, colonies & commerce tokens were very relevant to Atlantic Canada, circulating widely in Prince Edward Island and even smuggled into Newfoundland, where they had to be banned by the government. A nicely pedigreed scarce Lees 24 is already garnering attention online.
From Lower Canada, where private merchant tokens really evolved, there are some lovely Bouquet-sous, such as this brass BR 674 in EF, Tiffin tokens, like this lot of four, as well as some very nice Wellingtons, like this ICCS MS62 BR 987.
The iconic Bank of Upper Canada tokens featuring the St. George and dragon motif are some of the most recognizable pre-confederation tokens and there is a fantastic number of very attractive pieces in The Paris Sale, like this 1852 large 2 CH-PC-6B5 in UNC that is on the radar of savvy collectors.
Blacksmith, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Bank of Montreal; they’re all represented in The Paris Sale. If you’re a collector, or are considering jumping into this rewarding field, you’ll want to be bidding either in-person or online come February 3rd.