Terms & Conditions of Geoffrey Bell Auctions

Credit and Deposits: All bidders must be approved. Those who do not have an established relationship with Geoffrey Bell Auctions must provide an approved reference or a credit guarantee prior to the sale.

Auction Conduct: All our starting bids will be opened at approximately 10% above the second highest mail or computer bid. If there are no mail bids, auctioneer will start the bids at the reserve price or half of the low estimate, advances are at the discretion of the auctioneer. In the event there are identical bids, floor bids will take priority.  We reserve the right to withdraw any lot prior to the sale. Lots are sold to the highest bidder at an average rate of 125-150 lots per hour.

Bidding Procedures: Bids may be made in person, fax 506-634-1026, email or by mail. Telephone bids are accepted through an approved agent provided by Geoffrey Bell Auctions at 506-333-7778. ALL Mail, fax and email bids must arrive to our office no later than 12 noon EST the day prior to auction date. The auction will be conducted on and all mail bids will be entered online. Geoffrey Bell Auctions reserve the right to refuse bids deemed not in good faith. We are not responsible for bidder errors so please check your bids carefully.  Bidding Increments are at the discretion of the auctioneer, the scale below will be used:

0 – 200


200 – 500


500 – 1,000


1,000 – 2,000


2,000 – 5,000


5,000 – 10,000


10,000 – 40,000


40,000 – 100,000


100,000 +


Grading Standards and Description: The Cataloguers have taken every reasonable measure to ensure that all the lots are as described by Geoffrey Bell Auctions.  Many of the lots are third party graded by PCGS, PMG, ICCS - We feel these are the most recognized grading companies in the industry.

Return Policies: Returns will be accepted by absentee bidders for lots that have been misattributed or incorrectly catalogued. We guarantee that all items are genuine and we will refund anything that has been misrepresented by the cataloguers.  Certified grading concerns are to be dealt with through the certified grading company, not Geoffrey Bell Auctions. No returns will be accepted on graded material. All floor sales are final, including those who choose to use our agent.

Lot pick-up:June 1st on the Toronto Coin Expo bourse floor from 10am-4pm. All lots not picked up after the show will be shipped at the bidders expense.  Shipping expense flat rates $30 within North America and $75 Overseas, and insurance is $5 per thousand.

Payment Details: Cheques must clear before shipping; money orders and certified cheques will be verified and shipped within 48 hours of receipt. Direct deposit into our TD Canada Trust account will result in immediate shipping [Canadian Dollar Account: 5240 5214697; USD Account 5240 7303279]. Credit Card payments and Paypal are accepted at a 3% premium to cover bank fees [Paypal Account is]. A Purchaser’s Commission of 15% for floor/mail/fax bidders and 20% for online bidders will be added to the Hammer Price.  Appropriate GST or HST will be added for lots delivered in Canada.  No taxes added if shipped out of country.  US Funds accepted at 2% over the posted rate on on the day of the auction.  Other foreign currencies will be converted at a 2% conversion fee on the day the invoice is paid. All accounts not paid within 30 days will result in an interest charge of 2% per month calculated from auction date.

Catalogue Values & References: All values are listed in Canadian Funds.

Abbreviations: Within the catalogue you will find many abbreviations, the list below describes each of them:

Al            Aluminium

G       Good

Approx.  Approximate

VG    Very Good

Bo           Bowman

F       Fine

BR          Breton

VF    Very Fine

Cat          Catalogue

EF     Extremely Fine

CH          Charlton

AU    About Uncirculated

COA                 Certificate of Authenticity              

UNC           Uncirculated

C/S          Counterstamped

S/N    Serial Number

mm         Millimeters

LER        LeRoux

SC           College Currency #206