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!
Screenshot of online inventory for Alliance Coin & Banknote

Browse and search Alliance Coin & Banknote’s online inventory

I am pleased to report that we are making excellent progress in refreshing our online inventory database at alliancecoin.com.

Please browse through our current offering of more than 300 newly-posted Canadian and World items, all specially-priced for our internet audience. Many will sell at our upcoming show in Hamilton, so visit today for the best selection!

It is somewhat a “catch 22”, in that our inventory experiences heavy adjustments through attendance at our numerous trade-shows, and the key to keeping our listings “fresh” is to take advantage of those pockets of time between shows to post new material. We shall do our very best and invite you to visit often.

You can browse or search at: https://alliancecoin.com/site/Inventory_Summary.cfm

2018 Boxing Week Blowout at Alliance!

Our final event of the year will be our near-legendary Boxing Week Sale, which we firmly believe to be the biggest boxing week sale in the Coin Business. In addition to huge discounts on virtually our entire stock, we always pride ourselves on including fresh new inventory.

No items held back or hidden away for the sale. In fact, by the time we open our doors to our loyal customers, we will have added at least 1,000 new coins and notes to stock over the past week or two.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, 27th and Friday, 28th (9am – 7pm) and Saturday, 29th (10am – 6pm) December 2019 at Alliance Coin & Banknote, 88 Mill Street, Almonte.

Flyer front for the 2018 Boxing Week Blowout at Alliance Coin

Door Crashers for Alliance Coin's Boxing Week Sale

Maundy coin set

Maundy Money and Mammoth Steaks – Memories of Allan Davies

In my “Isaacs Cabinet” writings, I traditionally highlight a particular coin in my personal collection and the memories surrounding its acquisition. With the passing just over a week ago of long-time friend and colleague Allan Davies, I have chosen instead to highlight a couple memories of the man himself, intricately connected as they still may be to my winding numismatic path of the past 35 years.

As I have written in earlier recollections, Al was the first coin dealer I had ever done trade with.  Shortly after settling in the city around 1980, I met Al through the City of Ottawa Coin Club.  A knowledgeable vest-pocket dealer – I believe still working for the Federal Government at that time – Al became a trusted source in my quest for interesting early English coins.  I recall he would even make house-calls to indulge the collecting passions of a teenage collector, a testament as I now reflect to his patience and accommodating nature.

Maundy coinAnything pre-Victorian captivated me at the time, and one of the earliest items I purchased from Al on my limited budget was a delightful four-piece set of Queen Anne “Maundy” coinage. Held once per year since at least the middle ages, the “Royal Maundy” became a ceremony in the Church of England in which the reigning monarch or his/her representative distributed a small amount of special coinage to selected elderly recipients.

A complete Maundy set consists of the four silver coins, denominations one through four Pence, with the smallest denomination measuring a mere 12mm in diameter (“cute” is a term I am not embarrassed to use in describing these delightful tiny sets).  With varying dates of 1708-1710, the set Alan had procured for me was housed in a later, very quaint original Maundy case of the Victorian period.

It remains a prized part of my now eclectic collection, and in the ensuing years I have acquired only one other Maundy set, a 2000-dated example of Elizabeth, with almost 300 years of history between the two Queens. Interestingly, to this day the current Royal Maundy coinage continues to be the only issues of the British Commonwealth to bear the original 1953 portrait of Queen Elizabeth.  Although Allan’s much-respected expertise lay in the field of Canadian colonial tokens, in those early days I knew him mainly as my personal purveyor of nice early English coinage.

Later, as a dealer myself, although my travels with Allan were quite infrequent, I do look back fondly on one particular “road-trip” memory.  He, Paul Davis and I had traveled to the Chicago Coin Fair, somewhere around 1990 or so, and found ourselves at the iconic Chicago Chophouse for dinner.  I don’t recall whether through challenge or simple youthful gluttony, but Al and I found ourselves facing off with absurdly-large 32oz steaks.

Now, Allan was not a small man, but looking back with the objectivity of time, I expect he and I were at that sweet spot of intersecting capacities.  Myself, likely at the peak of a 23-year-old’s bottomless appetite, and Allan perhaps on a somewhat tapered trajectory in which the mature male no longer requires the 4,000 daily caloric consumption of youth. At any rate – and as lame as it perhaps is to see myself write this – just about the only memory I have from our Chicago trip was cleanly putting away that 32oz mammoth, and then finishing off the third of Al’s steak that he had left aside. Whether that dinner earned me pride or shame I’m not entirely certain, but the memory still prevails of a great meal with great company.

I would see Al at shows in the ensuing years, and most recently had him over to the house a couple months ago when he kindly offered a new home to our two younger cats, who would keep him company until his untimely passing.  Increasingly I find myself wondering where the years truly go, and am grateful for having met Allan in those early formative years.

Rest in peace, Sir.  Your memory will remain clear in both our hobby and our hearts.

Sean Isaacs

Silver Krugerrand front of coin

The Silver Krugerrand – A bullion coin 50 years in the waiting!

When the South African mint first issued the one ounce Gold “Krugerrand” in 1967, it was very much a watershed moment in the evolution of the global bullion market.  With a diameter of 32.77 mm, and gross weight of 33.93 grams of 22 Karat Gold (net gold content, therefore, of one troy ounce), the coin depicted the African springbok on the reverse, with obverse portrait of the Boer statesman Paul Kruger.

Gold KruggerandThe timing for the Krugerrand’s introduction was ideal.  Not only did it stand alone for years as the world’s only available one-ounce bullion issue, it was not until January, 1975 that United States citizens could legally own gold in bullion form.  Thus, not only was there zero competition in any form from the American economic juggernaut, but these two factors combined to create a very keen appetite for the Krugers in North America.

Undoubtedly good quantities of the coin found their way into the U.S. covertly during this ownership prohibition, but when the floodgates opened in 1975, an estimated 22 million gold Krugerrands (or 822 tons of Gold!) were imported into the country in the ensuing decade. Ironically, this flow suffered a strangle-hold in 1985 as the United States (and other countries) prohibited the importation of the South African gold coins due to their relation with the apartheid regime of the time.

By this point, however, there was already new competition on the horizon with Canada’s own gold Maple Leaf in 1979, among others. Even into 1980, however, the Krugerrand commanded a remarkable 90% of the world’s gold bullion coin market.  Domestically, the Krugerrand still enjoys a loyal following in Canada to this day, however it now sits at a pricing disadvantage under our federal HST legislation, which – due to its non-pure 22K status, compared to our Maple Leaf’s .999 fineness – causes it to attract sales tax when sold within Canadian borders.

The Krugerrand would undergo a modest evolution over the years, with the introduction of fractional sizes beginning in 1980, as well as the availability of frosted Proof strikings for collectors.  As both a collector and dealer, however, one prolonged “missing link” in the extension of this classic issue continued to both disappoint and perplex me: namely, the availability of a Silver Krugerrand. Sure, I have a Sterling Silver “10th anniversary” Kruger I bought from some direct-marketing flyer in 1977, but it’s a smaller, paler reflection of the noble coin that should have joined the current myriad of world Silver bullion coins decades ago.

Now, however, the wait and lamenting is finally over. After my muted excitement at the introduction of a Silver Kruger in 2017 – only to discover it was an extremely expensive “collector” strike that few could afford – the noble 2018 Silver Krugerrand has finally been released to the masses of appreciative collectors and investors.

Sure, it may have taken half a century to materialize after the first introduction of its golden parent, however – as is very often the case – good things are truly worth waiting for.

Get Yours from Alliance Coin

We are delighted to have received an initial shipment of the brand new South African .999 fine Silver Krugerrands, and invite you to add one (or more!) to your collection at just:

$23. each (tax-exempt)   OR

$26. each, inclusive of postage to anywhere in North America

88 Mill Street, Almonte, Ontario, Canada K0A 1A0
Tel. 613-256-6785 | Visit our website

2018 Annual Live Coin Auction

I am delighted to report that we continue to steam ahead with preparations for our second annual Alliance Coin & Banknote live public auction, to be held in the Almonte Old Town Hall on Sunday June 10th.

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

2018 Live Coin Auction posterThis will 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.

Please note that due to the unfortunate delayed receipt of some important Canadian material, printed sale catalogues will not be available until the actual weekend of the auction. Fortunately, however, complete listings will be available for both viewing and advance bidding on our website by mid-week prior to the auction, once we are able to complete the catalogue and assign final lot numbers.  We do sincerely apologize for the resulting very tight timing, but remain confident you will find it worth the wait.

Beginning this Tuesday the 29th, we are delighted to begin featuring a preview of selected auction highlights on our website, which will continue to expand as we move towards final completion of sale preparations.

Additionally, we invite our local customers to visit us for a preliminary viewing of available lots, this coming weekend.  Alliance Coin & Banknote will be open both Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 to 5:00, for your viewing pleasure.

Live Auction: Sunday, June 10th, 2018

Selected items online for preview: Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Live Preview In-store: Saturday, June 2nd & Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

 

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