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"
Assigning an estimate to an auction lot is not an exact science; when dealing with scarce and rare material, catalogue prices are often not available or don’t really apply. The Geoffrey Bell Auctions Ltd. Toronto Coin Expo 2018 Spring Sale saw many lots exceed their pre-sale estimates as eager bidders jockeyed over a chance at […]Read more "Estimates Routinely Exceeded at Toronto Coin Expo"
As you’re collecting your date set of Canadian coins, many collectors will start looking even closer at their possessions. Maybe a digit will look different, some element of the design will not quite be like other coins, or maybe a mint error will find itself on your want list. Recognizing varieties is a sign of […]Read more "Scarce Canadian Coin Varieties"
Session one of the Geoffrey Bell Auctions Ltd. Toronto Coin Expo 2017 Fall Sale is set to close with a choice selection of Canadian (and provinces) varieties. We don’t remember such an extensive collection of scarce pieces coming to market at one time, so it’s going to set some precedent with collectors of this type […]Read more "An Important Offering of Canadian Variety Coins"
July 16th marked only the fourth anniversary of the passing of Alex Colville, one of Canada’s most celebrated artists and someone of absolute renown in Canadian numismatics for his designs on Canada’s centennial coinage. Among a large portion of today’s collectors, those designs were directly responsible for creating an interest in numismatics. Even though they’re […]Read more "Alex Colville’s Coins"