“If it ain’t broke, break it,” is a new take on an old cliché that’s essentially been applied to the Paris Coin Show. The show that was often referred to as the SWON Show has been the best one-day coin show in the country for quite some time, but with this last show it just got better thanks to the addition of a Geoffrey Bell Auctions Ltd. sale the night before.
The première Paris Sale was a very successful numismatic auction with a wide assortment of quality material spanning nearly every collecting genre. As with other Bell auctions, participants could bid live in-person or online via their iCollector site, in addition to the traditional mail and phone bids.
The results for this first Paris sale were strong. Not surprisingly, paper money figured in the forefront of the highest sales. With only two known overprint notes in private hands, a rare Consolidated Bank of Canada $5, 1876 realized $2,600. Other banks notably represented included the Bank of Nova Scotia, Canadian Bank of Commerce, Bank of Upper Canada, Molsons Bank, and the Royal Bank of Canada.
Counterstamps outperformed expectations once again. The 1935 Type II JOP counterstamped dollar, graded AU55 by ICCS, hammered at $1,600. Savvy collectors should also note the performance of a nice collection of five Nils Ohman counterstamped Newfoundland 50-cent coins.
Some nice, key Canadian decimal coinage found their way to a new home, including a high-grade 1947 50-cent piece, a few MS George V key-date cents, and a number of other desirable beauties.
A lovely assortment of NGC graded German talers achieved nice results and an extensive collection of Canadian pre-Confederation tokens made collectors happy.
The debut Paris Sale has set an example of what’s to come in the future: a fun, lively sale with an across-the-board assortment of quality numismatic material. You may wish to start planning for the next Paris Sale, which takes place August 11, 2018.