Top 12 Fun Facts about Alliance Coin & Banknote

  1. Most noteworthy customer – the tallest woman in the world! (Sandy Allen)
  2. Most remote mail-order sale – the volcanic Island of Reunion (east of Madagascar)
  3. Largest collection purchased – a tie:
    The Bonavita Trade-Dollar inventory: 55,000 Tokens, 1 Ton
    The Fesco World Collection – 40,000 coins, 1 Ton, 1 Transport Truck with security escort
  4. Amount of Silver bullion handled since opening in Almonte: 10.5 Tons
  5. The celebrated Canadian actress and director Megan Follows once filmed a Hallmark Christmas scene at our back door (and took her lunch break in our lounge!)
  6. Our antique display cabinets were used for a pivotal scene in “The House Sitter” movie, with Tori Spelling
  7. Most valuable coin handled – an 1859 Brass One Cent: $45,000 (a world-record for a Canadian Large Cent!)
  8. Heaviest coin handled – the incredible 2014 “Haida Gwaii” $500 issue: 11 pounds of Pure Silver!
  9. Average number of collections we examine each year (big and small) – 300
  10. Most memorable appraisal engagements: Nobel Prize Medals for both Physics & Chemistry
  11. Number of Pennies we have donated to the Almonte General Hospital – 620,000
  12. Number of Kilometers driven since Sean became a coin dealer – 1 Million+ and counting!

Image of Reunion courtesy of worldwidewendy.be.


The Ballad of Frank McPhail

I don’t believe I had any sense of what it was to be a “man’s man” until Frank McPhail came into our lives. A status not erroneously earned through athletic prowess, bombast or the ability to survive two weeks in the bush with just a can of beans and a bowie-knife. Rather, Frank quietly impressed with an unwavering dedication to those most ancient of qualities – ethics, humility, and an unparalleled mastery of carpentry.

It is almost 13 years ago that Frank was recommended to us by the venerable Leonard Lee, to whom I sought advice on who might assist us with the intimidating task of renovating our new permanent headquarters at 88 Mill Street. Mr. Lee told us Frank was our man, but he cautioned us with one piece of advice.

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Coin Show in Westboro, Dec 6th

If you’re an avid coin collector, please consider coming out for a Coin Show in Ottawa’s Westboro neighbourhood on Sunday, December 6th.

Coin Show Location

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 480 Westboro, 389 – 391 Richmond Road, Ottawa, Ontario  K2A 0E7

9am – 3:30pm | 7 dealers – buy, sell, trade.

All Covid–19 safety protocols will be observed and enforced. Only 50 people allowed in at one time. Patrons must mask up and use the hand sanitizer provided upon entry, and always maintain physical distancing.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Special Indonesian Exhibit enters its final week

On Monday October 5th, we had the great pleasure of welcoming his Excellency, the Indonesian Ambassador to Canada, for the formal opening of our special exhibit “Numismatik Nusantara”.

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Coins, medals, and more, from our latest ebay coin auction

The Weird & Wonderful rolling auction continues!

Our next session in our ongoing “Weird & Wonderful” sales will be live on Ebay at midnight this Friday!

With 100 fresh new lots from all areas of our inventory, we invite you to take a browse:

Click here to access our ebay coin and collectibles auction.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to add something unique to your collection!

 

 

Alliance Coin & Banknote retail store

Now re-opened for business!

We are pleased to report that as of September 10th, we have now reopened for limited browsing hours of 10:00 to 5:00, on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at Alliance Coin and Banknote, 88 Mill Street, Almonte.

Currently limited to a maximum of four customers in our gallery at any given time, we also remain available for appraisals and purchasing and Tuesdays and Wednesdays (Glebe location only on this day), however please note that these services are only available by pre-booked appointment.

Unfortunately, due to both capacity restrictions and my own limited availability, we cannot accommodate walk-in requests for appraisals or purchasing.

We thank you for your understand as we continue to adapt our business in order to comply with the our current public health environment.

As always, appointments can be booked by telephone, email, or by reaching out to me directly on my cell phone.

Please be patient, as it may take a number of days to keep up with our current call volume.

Current Opening Hours at a Glance

Thurs – Sat: 10am – 5pm
Almonte store and gallery open for browsing

Tuesdays (Almonte)
By appointment only for appraisals/purchases

Wednesdays (The Glebe)
By appointment only for appraisals/purchases

Elephant Castle Lady Godiva halfpenny

Our largest rolling ebay sale continues

Having decided to remain open by Appointment Only, at least for the remainder of the summer, we’re very happy to point our customers to our largest rolling ebay coin and collectibles auction. The latest installment, with our largest ever inventory of Weird & Wonderful items is now live.

Please visit us on ebay for a wonderful selection of coins, medals, and other collectibles. You can see a selection of highlighted items in this post.

We are also delighted to report that we are finally cleaning up the online inventory database on our website, and in the coming week will be posting 150 fresh new ICCS Canadian coins for your pleasure!

 

Knight Bachelor Badge

The second wave of our ebay sale arrives!

I hope this brief update finds everyone and their families safe and secure, as this insidious disease moves from being a distant threat to a very local one that now penetrates the sanctuary of many if not all of our own communities, big or small, rural or urban. Our faith, perseverance, and steadfast adherence to the very sage public health advice will carry us through to brighter days ahead.

Although now approaching one full month since the temporary closure of our retail store here in Almonte, it has been a very busy period for Alliance Coin & Banknote. Thanks to the wonderful support of our mail-order customers, more than 100 items from our recent Spring Catalogue have now found their way into the homes of fellow house-bound collectors. Hundreds of diverse items remain available from this price-list, so please feel free to browse its pages.

I am also very pleased to report that we have just closed out our single most successful ebay “Weird & Wonderful” campaign of the past few years, with more than 200 lots heading out to quite literally every corner of this continent. As with most industries these days, times are tough for the collectibles small business community, and I would like to humbly and sincerely thank our customers for your support over the past month.

I am also delighted to announce tonight’s launch of “wave two” in our ebay campaign, with new lots being added each and every day. Highlighted here is a small teaser selection of the truly remarkable items we have coming up for sale in the coming days – keep watch via the ebay link, and consider adding something new and unique to your collection!

Once again, I wish everyone well in the coming weeks.

Stay safe, and keep the faith.

Sincerely,
Sean Isaacs

Telephone: 613-256-6785
Toll-free: 888-592-4141
Email: sean@alliancecoin.com

Click to enlarge the images below!

Alliance Coin & Banknote retail store

Spring Catalogue now available!

If you had suggested to me six months ago that I would be running Alliance Coin & Banknote in self-isolation from my second floor home office, with its pleasant view of snow-dusted farmer’s fields across the street, I would have suggested staying away from the newly-sanctioned “edibles”.

Yet here we are, with our communities and society taking exceptional steps in times of exceptional public health crisis. Like all things, we will eventually move beyond this and once again grow and prosper, although in various ways it will likely be the formative experience of our time. Caution, patience, faith, and mutual support are definitely the key rules to live by in this current struggle, and I wish all of our customers, friends and colleagues continued health and sanity.

Both our Almonte store and Chris Green Stamps in Ottawa (the location of our Wednesday appraisal services) will continue to remain closed for the foreseeable future. We continue to monitor our telephone and email messages on a daily basis, however it will very likely be a further month before we are able to resume face-to-face transactions, out of a continued abundance of caution for the well-being of both ourselves and our customers.

In the meantime, the wheels of productivity cannot and will not stop in our industry. The cancellation of all trade-shows for the next two months certainly has not dampened the desire or need for collectors to keep collecting – and to this end, we have put all of our efforts into two projects.

Spring Catalogue
This first, being our new and largest-ever Spring Catalogue, I am very pleased to launch with this newsletter. All orders will have a fixed shipping cost of just $3.00, and with more than 1,200 lots, there should be something enticing for every numismatic interest. Our shipping department remains open and ready, so please order as early as possible for maximum choice.

Download the 2020 Spring Catalogue

Online Auctions
Secondly, we have now launched our largest continuous “Weird & Wonderful” campaign on ebay, with a fresh wave of lots being posted each and every day for at least the next month. We have dug down to the very depths of our vault for this project, and will be offering our usual outstanding cross-section of coins, medals, banknotes and tokens, including some fine items I would normally have reserved for our annual public auction sale.

Please visit our ebay site daily, to see what new and cool items have been posted the previous midnight.

Mail Order
Lastly, we remain available to satisfy all your supply needs by post, and continue to have a healthy inventory of 2×2 holders, pages, and albums, etc.

Telephone: 613-256-6785 | Toll-free: 888-592-4141 | Email: sean@alliancecoin.com

In closing, my family, staff and I sincerely thank you for your continued support and patronage. My personal best wishes to your families – keep well, and keep the faith.

Sean Isaacs