Final Almonte Zombie Walk for Hunger this Saturday

A five-year tradition comes to an end this Saturday October 19th, with the final Almonte Zombie Walk for Hunger taking place at 2:00 pm.

Benefiting the Soi Dog Foundation, Country Cat Sanctuary, as well as our local Food Bank, I am delighted to once again serve as grand parade martial for the event.

With live musical entertainment during registration, and many prizes at the end for participants, we invite everyone to join us in making this final 2-kilometer stumble around the downtown core the best Zombie Walk ever! (Honestly, there’s no greater pleasure than freaking out Mill Street diners as they sit engrossed in conversation over their salads and hot-turkey plates!)

Hats off to Heather Gadbois for having made this a fun and material contribution to our local cultural landscape.

Almonte Zombie Walk for Hunger
2pm, Saturday 19 October 2019
Registration from 1pm at the Arena
Please bring a non-perishable item for the food bank

Our 3rd Live Auction is just around the corner!

We’ve been regularly adding new lot images to our website; this is your last chance for a sneak peek before Sunday’s Live Auction! All 570+ lots are available on our website and we’ve received many advance bids.

Click here to view the auction on our website. You can also review Terms of Sale, etc. on the site.

Please note: print catalogues will be available on the day of the Auction.

Live Auction: Sunday, August 18th, 2019
10am start | 12-1pm lunch | Auction will end when we’re done!
Almonte Old Town Hall – Main Concert Hall
14 Bridge Street, Almonte, ON K0A 1A0

Finally, this time of year is usually a busy time in our town. Make sure you arrive a few minutes early to ensure a good parking spot.

Sincerely,

Sean Isaacs

Sample lots from the auction

View all 570 lots+ for our rapidly approaching Live Auction

All 570 lots+ for our rapidly approaching Live Auction are now available on our website, many with pictures (which we continue to add), and we are inviting advance bids.

The full catalogue is also available for download in PDF format:

Introduction & Terms of Sale
Full Catalogue

Click here to view the auction on our website. You can also review Terms of Sale, etc. on the site.

Please note: print catalogues will only be available on the day of the Auction.

Additionally, watch our website and Facebook page for auction teasers, featuring some of the coolest items coming up in our sale!

Live Auction: Sunday, August 18th, 2019
10am – 3pm, Almonte Old Town Hall, Almonte

Live Preview in Ottawa: Sunday August 11th, 2019
9.30am – 3pm, Large White Dome next to main entrance,
RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa (Free Parking, Admission)

As always, my family, staff and I warmly thank you for your continued patronage, and I look forward to your participation in our impending public sale!

Sincerely,

Sean Isaacs

Our next Live Auction is August 18th

I am delighted to report that we continue to steam ahead with preparations for our third annual Alliance Coin & Banknote live public auction, to be held in the Almonte Old Town Hall on Sunday, August 18th.

The sale will begin at 10:00 am, with a one-hour break for lunch at noon, before continuing at 1:00 pm.

Our 2018 Auction

This will once again be a very diverse sale of 500+ lots, representing virtually every area of the coin, banknote, medal and token fields, as well as some truly unusual items in our “Artifacts,  Collectibles & Bulk Lots” category. With estimates ranging from $10 into the thousands, there will be something offered for every collecting level and budget.

Complete listings will be available for both viewing and advance bidding on our website by early August, once we are able to complete the catalogue and assign final lot numbers.   We also look forward to offering our local customers the opportunity for an auction preview at the Ottawa Stamp & Coin Dealers show one week before the live sale, on Sunday, August 11th.

Additionally, watch our website and Facebook page for auction teasers, featuring some of the coolest items coming up in our sale!

Live Auction: Sunday, August 18th, 2019
10am – 3pm, Almonte Old Town Hall, Almonte

Live Preview in Ottawa: Sunday August 11th, 2019
9.30am – 3pm, Large White Dome next to main entrance,
RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa (Free Parking, Admission)

Stay tuned for more details shortly!
The ladies of Acacia Lyra play for our guests

Reflecting on our Open House

Most recently, we were humbled by our December 2nd “Coins & Strings” Open House, which – in spite of threatening winter weather on a Sunday – saw the largest turn-out we’ve had in 15 years of hosting our popular annual event.

Upwards of 100 customers, friends and colleagues joined us for some great traditional harp music (by Acacia Lyra), and took in our special displays of world-class Large Cents and a selection of Silver cigarette cases from my own personal collection.

Thanks to the support of many, we were also delighted to present the proceeds of our final “Penny Round-Up” in support of the Almonte General Hospital’s MRI equipment fund, with a total of $1,250 raised (or 125,000 Pennies!).

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Coins & Strings 2018 Open House

Coins & Strings Open House marks a special anniversary

We are pleased to be putting the final details in place for our December 2nd Open House, which will coincide with my 30th anniversary of first entering the coin business as a keen-and-green collector, barely out of my teens.

Coin & Strings 2018 posterWe look forward to welcoming our local friends and customers to our gallery, where we will once again be hosting the traditional harp duo Acacia Lyra. We are very fortunate to be entrusted with an encore viewing of the “Melron Pennies”, one of the finest and rarest collections of Canadian Large Cents. Since the sets last public viewing six years ago, it has been upgraded with an exceptionally rare 1859 Brass striking, currently among the two most valuable Large Cents in existence. Do not miss the opportunity to see this remarkable display of Canadian copper numismatic heritage.

Our Open House will also see the culmination of our current “Final Round-up” Penny Drive, in support of the Almonte General Hospital’s campaign to bring a new CT Scanner to town. Many friends and local customers have been generous in their donations of pennies to the cause over these past few weeks, for which we extend our sincere thanks.

Lastly – to further thank our local collecting community for their support over these past 15 years in Almonte, we will be holding a Flash Sale during our three-hour Open House, and offering a 30% discount on virtually the entire store, with the sole exceptions of Silver/Gold bullion and 2018/19 dated Royal Canadian Mint products.

We look forward to welcoming you in out of the cold for some warm cheer, tasty refreshments, and great deals!

Auction 2018 an enjoyable success!

On June 10th, 2018 we held our second live public coin auction, once again from the floor of Almonte’s venerable Old Town Hall.

With 52 registered bidders and an overall sell rate of approximately 90%, this offering of more than 600 diverse lots attracted a good crowd, and by all accounts, an enjoyable time was had by all.

Auction Catalogue print cover

Auction Catalogue

Highlights of our sale included a lovely “Queen Mary” Five Dollar note of 1924, which sold for $6,000 in spirited bidding, while the nod for “most active lot” went to a very scarce 1939 Royal Visit presentation medal to a member of the Queen’s R.C.M.P. escort, which also included an excessively rare embossed luncheon napkin from the visit. With a pre-sale estimate of $150, this historically significant pair of items found a new home at $450.

Our sincere thanks go out to all who participated in our sale, as well as to David Giles for once again serving as our auctioneer, and to Foil Media for their fine work in designing our online auction template and print-catalogue production interface.

We look forward to hosting our third sale in 2019, and will strive to have our printed catalogues available in much better timing.