The material in the Seminaire sale brought very high prices when I was there, which lasted only for the first 52 lots. I later had a bid placed for me, but was
I did not describe any of the material in the auction. Indeed, I only went to see it a couple of days before the sale. I gave the owner some insights into the collection, which
I had long known of. Father Marcotte was one of the enthusiasts at the Sherbrooke Seminary.
There will be three other auctions, the first of which is mainly medals as I understand, which comes up in early November, I believe. The second is a strong collection of
Canadian colonial coppers. The third represents The Seminary's collection of foreign coins.
Here is the biography of Father Leon Marcotte written by Fred Bowman, published in the C.N.R.S. in 1972, as Collectors of Canadian coins of the past.
Fred may have known Marcotte, as he claims the collection to have been his. However, the collection was founded in the early 1890s according to Ron Sigler (writing for the
auction firm) by Abbe Charles Jos. Roy, the founder of the Musee de Monnaie at the Seminary of Sherbrooke. Father Marcotte carried it on, after 1905. The Seminary probably counted
on donors to acquire the material in their collections.