Geoffrey Bell Auction Ltd’s Annual Premier Auction is set for October 4th, 2019 in Toronto. Held in conjunction with the Toronto Coin Expo, the sale features a format a little different from the New Brunswick based auction firm’s usual setup: one session only, packed full of the best rare and scarce numismatic material, making it the one sale in Canada serious collectors won’t want to miss.
This year’s event is chock-full of highlights, including rare Bank of Canada, Dominion of Canada, chartered banknotes, and many impressive errors and fancy serial numbers. There are many Canadian decimal rarities, pre-Confederation tokens, Hudson’s Bay Company material, and medals that are rarely offered.
For paper money, the 1935 series is noteworthy for a Banque du Canada $2, 1935 – BCS Unc 60, Original; a Banque du Canada $50, 1935 – VF; and an elusive pair of English and French Bank of Canada $100s. There is also an excessively rare Bank of Canada $10, 1954 Devil’s Face replacement note of which only 4800 were printed with this signature combination.
Exciting Dominion of Canada notes include Dominion of Canada $2, 1897 – PCGS VF30, a dazzling selection of Dominion of Canada $5, 1912 “train notes,” including specimens; and famous Queen Mary examples.
The chartered banks are headed by some rare Canadian Bank of Commerce notes, including a lovely Canadian Bank of Commerce $50, 1917 and a Canadian Bank of Commerce, 1938 £1 Jamaica. Anyone enjoying early banking history will be closely watching a unique trophy note in the Banque Ville-Marie $10, 1873.
A rare certified 1969 10-cent large date heads the decimal section with some important specimen half dollars. Other rarities include a 2003P 1-cent non-magnetic and a very nice 1966 small beads silver dollar.
Of course, this is only a small representation of a sale full of important Canadian numismatic pieces. Make sure you’re present, either in-person or online, when the Annual Premier Auction goes live at the Toronto Refence Library October 4th at 6pm Eastern.