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 Posted 03/15/2018  6:29 pm  Show Profile   Check colonialjohn's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add colonialjohn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Ten Vexators! I will be honest here - I never held a Brass Vexator. They do seem to be of a low zinc type like the W13-18 GIII Portrait Blacksmiths. In other words almost appearing like copper. JPL.
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 Posted 04/04/2018  4:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add carabonnair to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Just looked at the lots on the Heritage site. Amazing!
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 Posted 04/05/2018  4:43 pm  Show Profile   Check colonialjohn's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add colonialjohn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes Carabonnair until this sale I never seen a Vexator in low zinc brass. I am assuming low zinc for personal reasons.
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 Posted 04/06/2018  5:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add carabonnair to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I was wondering about this one that appeared on eBay recently


https://www.ebay.com/itm/Blacksmith...323163029406

What is it - is there one like this in Robins collection?
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 Posted 04/07/2018  4:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add purelywasted to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow, that is an amazing collection. I had never really branched into token collecting, but I might need to bid on a few of these.

If I don't keep my copy of the auction catalog, would anyone like it? HA sent it to me for free, so no cost on my end.

They also sent the world & ancient collection catalog to me, it feels like it weighs about 7 lbs. I will not be keeping this catalog, free local pickup (Burnaby) or you pay the postage. PM me if interested.
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 Posted 04/08/2018  5:51 pm  Show Profile   Check Wade's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Wade to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have bids in on 4 lots, and while I hope they go (to me) for the (for what I think are low) auction estimates I don't suspect that will be the case.

Such an amazing collection it is a shame to see it broken up....

.... unless of course I get my piece of the pie!

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 Posted 04/20/2018  10:20 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add 1960NYGiants to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I was able to watch most of the auction on Heritage Live tonight. All I can say is WOW! Some fantastic pieces with all of the proof / specimen issues going for 2 to 6 times estimate. I was able to get one lot of 3 Sloops relatively inexpensive. Anyone else get anything?

Gene
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 Posted 04/20/2018  11:00 pm  Show Profile   Check Wade's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Wade to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I wished I was able to watch more, but was working.
As I browse the results all I can say is... Heritage must be very pleased... 4x estimate in most cases.
I was able to pick up 2 lots (posted in errors section and grading section).
It will be a long time before I am able to top these purchases.

Bottom line,

I am stunned to think that all this was in ONE collection... can't even imagine...
more importantly, the high end market in Canadian Colonials is alive and well.

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 Posted 04/21/2018  04:16 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add okiecoiner to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Congrats, Gene. Unfortunately, I forgot all about it and didn't tune in to the auction. But I'm really not into tokens anyway.
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 Posted 04/21/2018  1:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bosox to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Congrats, guys. Doug had some great stuff. I sat through many auctions where he was in the room buying things with both hands.
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 Posted 05/04/2018  09:21 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add EFLargeCents to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
What was the general consensus on the prices realized? I am not a token collector, but I grabbed one lot of French regular issue that are condition rarities. I feel like I stole them. They crossover to US colonial collecting so I was a bit surprised at the hammer.
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 Posted 05/11/2018  2:40 pm  Show Profile   Check XavierOfGreen's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add XavierOfGreen to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I tried bidding on the finest known PC-2B which is in RB MS66 but knew I would get beaten, I was still amazed that it went for only $900 when proofs which were conditionally more common of the same issue went for $2000.
Oldest Found-------
Cent: 1842 (from machine) ---- Three Cent: 1866 [Nickel] (from machine)
Nickel: 1883 (from roll) ---- Dime: 1911 (from roll)
Quarter: 1932 (from machine) ---- Half: 1917 (from roll)
Dollar: 1880 (from machine) ---- Foreign: 1863 (from machine)
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 Posted 05/11/2018  9:17 pm  Show Profile   Check Wade's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Wade to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I won 2 of the 4 lots I bid on (was underbidder on the other 2), and got the 2 for less than I had budgeted.
Still it was a bunch of money, but looking at the results of many other lots it looks like a bunch of people spent a bunch of money.

All in all it was good to see that top pieces are still getting top dollar.
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 Posted 05/13/2018  5:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add yarm to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I was all out to go 1 of 2 on the specimen bank tokens but found some of the MS lots quite reasonable.

Boning up for the sale was interesting but I felt hampered by the absence of provenances on many lots.
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 Posted 06/19/2018  10:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add medievalcoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This was one of the greatest sales of Canadian tokens yet in the 21st century. I knew Doug personally, and he was very generous with his time, and helping me as a younger collector.
Was fortunate to acquire many nice pieces from the sale...and will cherish the catalog which will become part of my library.
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