All Nations holds milestone auction

More than 200 worldwide bidders participated in All Nations Stamp and Coin’s milestone 1,450th auction on March 16. The Vancouver-based business is celebrating 75 years in business this year, and owner Brian Grant Duff is also marking 40 years of operating coin and stamp shops in Vancouver and Toronto.

Of the recent milestone auction, Grant Duff writes: “The stamps and postal history offered included useful Canada and British North America (BNA) last offered in the 1970s, the Brewery Collection, featuring fine Canada and BNA purchased from Robert Lyman in the 1950s and 1960s, with more to come, and the Tunnel Collection, which yielded nice BNA and better worldwide, with more to follow.”

Some of the notable lots in the sale included the second known very good unused stitch watermark 1859 two-cent stamp (Scott #20ii). It sold for $1,650. A used fine-plus magenta 1897 $4 Jubilee block of four, with adhesion on one stamp, realized $1,760. A fine used example of the scarce British Columbia 1865 five-cent imperforate (SC #3), from the Senator Calder Collection, realized $3,492.

One of 65 known examples of the world rarity New Brunswick 1860 five-cent Connell (SC #5), an unused lower left sheet margin single, with a 1916 Royal Philatelic Society of London certificate, fetched $6,655. A fine used example of the Nova Scotia 1857 1/- (SC #6), also from the Calder collection, hammered for $1,620.

For complete results of the milestone auction, visit

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