Victorian coins to lead way in upcoming Premier Auction

By Jesse Robitaille

Early Canadian coins, including a pair of Victorian half-dollars, are among the most-anticipated lots of this spring’s Premier Auction.

Hosted by Kitchener, Ont.’s Colonial Acres at the National Postage Stamp & Coin Show, the two-session, 1,388-lot auction begins April 3, a day before the show starts in Mississauga.

“This is our third year doing auctions at the National Postage Stamp & Coin Show, and we continue to be impressed with the number of attendees and participation in our auction at this location,” said auctioneer Todd Sandham, co-owner of Colonial Acres.

The auction house began hosting one of its twice-yearly Premier Auctions in conjunction with the show in spring 2018.

An 1870 ‘No LCW’ half-dollar in Independent Coin Graders About Uncirculated-55 (with ‘damaged/cleaned’ designation) has a pre-sale estimate of $12,000 as Lot 717B.

This year, auctioneers are offering “some ultra-rare items that haven’t seen the light of day for some time,” including a rare Mint-State (MS) example of Canada’s 1871 half-dollar. Tied as the second-highest graded example by Toronto’s International Coin Certification Service (ICCS), the coin is certified as MS-63. Crossing the block as Lot 718B, it’s expected to bring $22,000.

Another Victorian half-dollar, this an 1870 “No LCW” variety, will also be offered as Lot 717B. It’s certified by the U.S.-based Independent Coin Graders as About Uncirculated-55 with a “damaged/cleaned” designation.

“It’s a very scarce variety with no damage present behind the front of the crown, where the ‘shamrock’ would be found on ‘LCW’ varieties,” said Sandham, who added this lot has a pre-sale estimate of $12,000.

An 1889-dated 10-cent coin in ICCS About Uncirculated-58 will cross the block as Lot 514C with an estimate of $18,000.

Rounding out the Victorian highlights is an 1889-dated 10-cent coin in ICCS About Uncirculated-58. A key-date coin with “blast-white nice original lustre,” it’s expected to bring $18,000 as Lot 514C.

“The numismatic community has been very strong over the last several years with lots of renewed interest in Canadian coinage and currency,” said Sandham. “We have an amazing selection of Canadian coinage and currency in this auction with some ultra-high grade coins and paper money that will please even the most advanced collector.”

A 1952 six-coin specimen set certified by Professional Coin Grading Service is expected to bring $6,000 as Lot 158.

1952 SPECIMEN SET

Moving ahead to the George VI era, a 1952 six-coin specimen set certified by the U.S.-based Professional Coin Grading Service is set to cross the block as Lot 158.

The set includes:

  • a one-cent coin in Specimen-64 Red;
  • a five-cent coin Specimen-64;
  • a 10-cent coin in Specimen-65;
  • a 25-cent “Low Relief” variety in Specimen-64;
  • a 50-cent coin in Specimen-66; and
  • a silver $1 “Short Waterline” variety in Specimen-66.

This lot has a pre-sale estimate of $6,000.

PAPER MONEY

An English 1935 Series $20 note certified by Paper Money Guaranty (PMG) as Choice Uncirculated-63 has a pre-sale estimate of $15,000 as Lot 1144.

In paper money, an English $20 note from the Bank of Canada’s 1935 Series (BC-9B) is among the anticipated offerings.

With the Osborne-Towers signature combination and a serial number reading “A135884-D,” the note is certified by Paper Money Guaranty (PMG) as Choice Uncirculated-63. It has a pre-sale estimate of $15,000 as Lot 1144.

Another 1935 series note, this an English $25 bill (BC-11), will cross the block as Lot 1145. In PMG About Uncirculated-55, it also features the Osborne-Towers signature combination with a serial number reading “A007128-A.”

“As mentioned on the certification, the reverse has a small section with some discolouration in the upper-right corner,” said Sandham, who added this “typically occurs from older plastic pages used for storing.”

It’s expected to bring $13,000.

An English 1935 Series $25 commemorative note in PMG About Uncirculated-55 will cross the block as Lot 1145 with an estimate of $13,000.

Issued more than two decades before the Bank of Canada’s establishment, a 1912 Dominion of Canada $5 note (DC-21c) will be offered as Lot 1102. A “No Seal” variety, this note features the “Various-Boville” signature combination with a serial number reading “B465052-C.” It’s certified by PMG as Gem Uncirculated-65 EPQ (exceptional paper quality). It has a pre-sale estimate of $8,000.

A 1954 “Devil’s Face” $1,000 note (BC-36) from the Bank of Canada’s “Canadian Landscape” series is also among the highlights. Featuring the Coyne-Towers signature combination and a serial number reading “A/K0004763,” it’s graded Extremely Fine-40 Original by Kitchener’s Banknote Certification Service. It’s expected to bring $7,000 as Lot 1189.

A 1912 $5 train note – ‘No Seal’ variety – will cross the block as Lot 1102 in PMG Gem Uncirculated-65 EPQ (exceptional paper quality). It’s expected to bring $8,000.

Rounding out the highlights is a rare nine-piece set of 1973 $1 notes (BC-46a), all in Uncirculated condition and with million-numbered serials.

The notes’ serial numbers include:

  • “IF1000000”;
  • “GG2000000”;
  • “LW3000000”;
  • “IE4000000”;
  • “MB5000000”;
  • “IJ6000000”;
  • “LK7000000”;
  • “GN8000000”; and
  • “AH9000000.”

It has a pre-sale estimate of $6,000 as Lot 1216.

A 1954 ‘Canadian Landscape’ series Devil’s Face $1,000 note is graded Extremely Fine-40 Original by Banknote Certification Service. It be offered as Lot 118 with an estimate of $7,000.

WWII MEDALS

A group of five Second World War medals, including the prestigious Distinguished Flying Medal, awarded to Flight Sergeant W. H. Magill for his “achievements and bravery in active combat overseas,” said Sandham.

The group includes:

  • a 1939-1945 Victory Medal;
  • a Canadian Volunteer Service Medal;
  • a France and Germany Star;
  • a 1939-1945 Star;
  • a Distinguished Flying Medal (with reigning sovereign King George VI on the obverse alongside “IND: IMP:” (for Indian Emperor); and
  • a Royal Canadian Air Force Overseas Reserve pin.

All medals are on their original bar with original ribbons.

A rare nine-piece set of 1973 $1 notes, each with million-numbered serials, has a pre-sale estimate of $6,000 as Lot 1216.

“As a nice complement to this to add to its provenance, there are original photos and a signature of Mr. W. H. Magill. Army archives are included and outline that Magill destroyed two enemy aircraft as a gunner for Flight Lieutenant H. W. MacDonald, of the Bison Squadron. They took down a single-engine Jerry at 600 yards.”

It’s expected to bring $6,000 as Lot 1002.

Other highlights of the upcoming auction include an “interesting selection of error coins and notes and many interesting million- and low-numbered notes as well,” Sandham said.

“In honour of the 350th anniversary of the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC), we have several HBC memorabilia and tokens up for sale. Once again, we have a selection of vintage gold and silver bars for sale that always seem to have spirited bidding.”

A group of five Second World War medals plus a pin awarded to Flight Sergeant W. H. Magill is expected to bring $6,000 as Lot 1002.

LOT VIEWING

Both evening live-auction sessions on April 3-4 will be preceded by lot viewing throughout the day.

Lot viewing will also be available at Colonial Acres’ storefront on 991 Victoria St. N. in Kitchener beginning on March 13. Viewing times are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

At the show, lot viewing will begin on April 3 at noon and April 4 at 10 a.m., followed by the live auction at 5:30 p.m. each day.

In addition to bidding from the floor, bids will be accepted online before and during the event as well as by phone and mail.

For more information, visit colonialacres.com.

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