Numismatics is history and few collecting genres embrace this more than shipwreck coins. Canada far exceeds any other nation in the world with over 200,000 kms of coastline, so it stands to reason that we’d be front and centre when it comes to wreck discoveries, especially ones transporting quantities of coins. At the Geoffrey Bell Auctions Ltd. Toronto Coin Expo 2018 Spring Sale two important ships sunk of the coast of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia will be represented.
The HMS Feversham was a 32 gun British warship launched in 1696. The ship’s design was ideal for colonial coastlines, but in 1711 it joined three supply ships off Cape Breton to ready for an attack on Quebec, encountered a gale and went too close to Scatarie Island where the ships sank. 100 of the Feversham’s crew perished and 49 survived.
The coins recovered from the Feversham in 1986 make up a rare and historically important snapshot as to what circulating coinage of the time looked like because they were intended pay for supplies and wages.
Being auctioned in the Spring Sale is a Potosi, assayer V, waves/pillar type 8 real cob, 1683, double date weighing 22.9 grams. It possesses a nice, fine obverse and is ex: Nadin Davis International.
In 1761, the Auguste, a former French privateer ship, sank off the coast of Nova Scotia after fighting a losing battle with a winter storm. The ship was transporting French aristocrats and officers exiled from their Canadian homes after the Seven Years War between France and Britain. Only 7 of the 121 aboard L’Auguste made it to shore alive.
The coins recovered from this wreck were the life savings of the exiles being transported to France and were diverse, high quality coins saved over many years. The lot available in Toronto consists of a nice 1735A French ecu, also ex: Nadin Davis International.
The Toronto Coin Expo 2018 Spring Sale, which takes place May 3rd and 4th, 2018, is shaping up to be a memorable auction, featuring exceptional quality material for every collecting field.