The first notes issued by the Bank of Canada, the 1935 series, are unquestionably iconic to collectors of Canadian banknotes. The series is special because each denomination offers something extraordinary and the note featured in this post seems to hold a place in the heart of every Canadian, the one featuring an eight-year-old future longest-reigning […]Read more "Princesses in Paris"
Fancy serial numbered banknotes are a hot commodity in the numismatic market place right now and there’s no sign that that’s going to change. As witnessed in past sales, low numbers, solid numbers, ladders, and radars have consistently exceeded pre-sale expectations. Here are a few special radar notes that can be found in Geoffrey Bell […]Read more "Multiple Radar Notes for Paris Sale"
Do you study those pieces listed in the first section of the Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian Coins? Many collectors of our nation’s currency seem to ignore this section, jumping right to provincial coinage or even those struck by the Province of Canada in 1858, leaving these important pieces hugely under-appreciated. Canada’s history didn’t begin […]Read more "Early North American Currency at Toronto Coin Expo"
Errors are something out of the norm. They stand out as something that wasn’t meant to be and that makes them interesting, and sometimes valuable, to collectors. Banknote errors are not meant to be released to general circulation, but despite the Bank of Canada’s best efforts, some escape to become sought-after anomalies for us numismatists. […]Read more "Error Banknotes in our Toronto Coin Expo 2019 Spring Sale"
The role of Canada’s governor general is varied; formally, the governor general acts on behalf of the Sovereign, Canada’s Head of State. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the role has evolved over the years, especially given that this position predates Confederation by a long time. The governor general’s own website declares that Samuel de […]Read more "Governor General Medals for Toronto Coin Expo"
Geoffrey Bell Auctions Ltd. kicked off 2019 with its Paris in February Sale, part of a biannual auction held in conjunction with the Paris Coin Show, and this eager crowd didn’t disappoint. The numbers were good across the board, but the strongest performers were fancy serial numbered banknotes, pre-confederation tokens, and some American coins. A […]Read more "Who Surprised in Paris?"
In the publication the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce put out to celebrate their 150th anniversary, while our country was enjoying its own sesquicentennial, they note they opened for business as the Canadian Bank of Commerce in May of 1867, just before the confederation of Canada, but in a way, the bank is the original […]Read more "Paris in February Spotlight: Canadian Bank of Commerce"
Joseph Leroux was one of the pioneers of Canadian numismatics. On the cover of his 1888 book, The Canadian Coin Cabinet, he stated that, “This work has been honoured with a subscription from the French government,” and he also put that statement on the reverse of his promotional medals, so it seems only fitting that […]Read more "Leroux Well-Represented in Paris"
Coins of the French Regime are some of the most important pieces of history in Canadian numismatics and Geoffrey Bell Auctions Ltd. is pleased to announce the sale of the largest specialized collection of coinage for the French Colonies of North America ever to appear at auction, in conjunction with the Toronto Coin Expo, May […]Read more "Historic Offering of Early Canadian Coins"
Coinweek recently posted an article titled, “What to Give a Numismatist for Christmas,” by Jeff Garrett that had some wonderful ideas, but understandably directed toward an American audience. So, instead of just sharing it to our Facebook page, we wrote a Canuck version mostly following their fine suggestions. Below are our top gift ideas for […]Read more "Gift Ideas for a Canadian Numismatist"