The Vancouver Numismatic Society 2002 Coin Show Auction, conducted by All Nations, was held on Saturday April 20, 2002, in the Oakridge Shopping Center Seniors Auditorium, in central Vancouver. 652 lots of Canada, U.S., and World, coins, banknotes, tokens, medals,and collection lots were called by All Nations auctioneer David Hamilton.
Over fifty floor bidders attended, some having traveled from as far away as Quebec to participate. It was a long session, but Hamilton expertly and patiently worked his way through the sale, with many bargain hunters staying through the end. David's wife Val worked almost as hard processing the lot pickups. As in any auction, there were good deals to be had and many lots sold for a little over half the retail prices.
Realization highlights include lot 16 an MS60 1923 Canada red and brown Small Cent with 25% original luster fetching $539.00Cdn against a book value of $300. A similar 1926 Small Cent with a third original luster realized $154.00, including the 10% buyers premium. Lot 38, a fine 1921Canada Five Cents Silver, the Prince of Canadian Coins, brought $2530.00. Lesser key coins, such as the 1925 Five Cents and 1858 Twenty Cents performed well. An EF40 1858 Twenty Cents garnered $275.00. Better quality coins fared well as always. An AU50 1902 Canada Fifty Centsreached $660.00. An AU50 1948 Canada Silver Dollar hammered for $742.50. The PL64 1966 Canada Small Beads Variety Silver Dollar came in $2640.00, slightly over trends. An AU50 1876H Brown trace luster Newfoundland Large Cent brought $143.00, while a pretty 1917C ICCS graded MS62 Newfoundland Twenty Five Cents made $253.00.
Canadian Government Paper Money benchmarks include lot #210 a VF Montreal Series B 1878 $1.00 note, Charlton #DC8e-ii, realizing $660., and an EF+ 1935 French $1.00, with a partly trimmed top margin bringing $423.50. A VF French language 1935 $2 made $407.00, while an AU 1954 Specimen $2 met$154.00 A similar 1954 Specimen $5 reached $143.00 The VF 1935 Small Seal $20 achieved $880.00 each. A doggy, but rare 1935 French $25, brought $825.00. Of the 69 U.S. coin and banknote lots, the MS64 1887 Cents Below Wreath Five Cents at $225.50, and the MS60 1827 Square 2 Fifty Cents at $451.00 stand out. A rare VG8 1844 Seated Liberty Dollarmanaged $231.00.
In the world section an AU50 1905 G.B. Half Crown was had for $632.50, while a Swiss MS60 1939B Five Francs brought $905.00. World Paper highlights include relatively modern Hong Kong holding up at $495.00 for an AU 1970-5 Chartered Bank $50., and $1017.50 for an AU Chartered1961-70 $100 with a tiny clip spot. An AU Mercantile Bank 1973 Hong Kong $100 also made $1017.50, while an AU Chartered Bank $500 realized $1760.00.
Lot scans and presale bidding were available online as well as via the printed catalogue, and many floor bidders appear to have downloaded their catalogues from the All Nations website. The Auction Saturday was particularly busy at the V.N.S. Show, with many dealers suggesting it was the best attended local show in years. Thanks to all show and auction participants. For more information on the Vancouver Numismatic Society or All Nations, contact David Hamilton at 434 Richards St., Vancouver, B.C., V6B 2Z3, (604)689 2230.