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"
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"
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"
With the recent success of the extensive Gannet Collection at Geoffrey Bell Auctions Ltd.’s Toronto Coin Expo 2018 Fall Sale it seems like a great time to focus on some possible collecting strategies. The availability of so many scarce and rare banknotes can be overwhelming, so highlighting specific collections can be valuable to any level […]Read more "Chartered Banknotes of the Royal Bank of Canada"
Many lots exceeded their pre-sale estimates at Geoffrey Bell Auctions Ltd.’s Toronto Coin Expo 2018 Fall Sale and it’s worth taking a closer look at those that did to see if those examples are providing an indication of how our hobby is performing, perhaps even foreshadowing growth areas. The sale was expertly crafted to provide […]Read more "What was Hot at Toronto Coin Expo"
Canada has always taken its hockey very seriously. Today we recognize the sport as a source of national pride and it was no different a century ago. To the sports fan, Olympic medals represent the pinnacle of achievement and such medals maintain that folkloric ambiance for the collector. Geoffrey Bell Auctions Ltd. is pleased to […]Read more "Strike Olympic Gold with our Toronto Coin Expo 2018 Fall Sale"
What would you do if you found a People’s Bank of Halifax $20, 1864 banknote? For one thing, you may be surprised to find out that you could still redeem it for face value, but that may not be the wisest financial decision. Since there are no known issues, your discovery would be worth a […]Read more "People’s Bank of Halifax at the Paris Sale"