Rare Money Blog

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

​​Among the most evocative of all the Gold Rush issues, the huge octagonal $50 gold pieces nicknamed "slugs" have been favorites of numismatists for generations. Tokens and medals made in imitation of these iconic pieces have been produced throughout the twentieth century, and even the popular Panama-Pacific Exposition octagonal $50 commemoratives were based loosely on the slugs of Augustus Humbert and the United States Assay Office of Gold.

By Aris Maragoudakis, Director of World Currency Auction

​An Upper Canada 1 Dollar Note from 1831 brought an incredible $8,400 USD in lot 30105. Other strong results for the country of Canada were the Upper Canada 4 Dollar that sold in lot 30106 for $4,800, as well as a Royal Bank of Canada 50 Dollar note that realized $7,200.