Princesses in Paris

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 […]

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Multiple Radar Notes for Paris Sale

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 […]

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Who Surprised in Paris?

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 […]

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Leroux Well-Represented in Paris

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 […]

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Paris Sale Banknote Types

Geoffrey Bell Auctions Ltd.’s Paris Sale takes place August 11, 2018 at the Hampton Inn & Suites, Brantford, Ontario.  This offering, held the evening prior to the popular Paris Coin Show, can be summed up with one adjective: strong.  These are the types of sales for which the Moncton based numismatic auction house has become […]

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