To my Canadian readers, Alicia and Sid Belzberg need little in the way of introduction. Canadian chess is richer because of their sponsorship of a number of Olympic teams and Canadian Championships. Sid is a master level player who today does not play much competitively , but he and I both played in the 1975 Canadian Open in Calgary!
''Alicia and I are indeed "collect--aholics" of everything from ancient coins to pocket watches to fountain pens to hot wheels to Russian Space toys from the 1960s to unique Picasso ceramics. Many of our items have ended up in museums including the Hot Wheels collection that will likely be on loan to the Smithsonian. Everyone has a certain weird quirk. I guess collecting is mine...Collectibles have proven to be an uncommonly good investment and has vastly outperformed all other investments including stocks, gold, etc.'' --Sid
Late Sunday evening on this blog I wrote a short entry about the Belzbergs' passion for collecting. I had the good fortune that Sid happened to see that article, and the next day he contacted me and provided me with wonderful photos of some of the remarkable objects that he and Alicia have collected over the years. Enjoy!
''When I catalogued the Belzberg Collection in late 2002," noted Warren Tucker, Heritage's World Coin Director, "I couldn't imagine that I would ever see another catalog of Canadian coinage that would approach its quality... ''
''Here is a set (above) of British Columbia coins made during the Gold Rush there. British Columbia was a colony of the UK and they were ordered to immediately cease and desist making their own coinage. This is among the world’s rarest set of coins. I sold this set several years ago.''-Sid Belzberg
Stack’s Tallent and Belzberg Collections Nets over $6.5 Million!
Stack’s sale of the Michael S. Tallent and the Alicia and Sid Belzberg Collections took place last Thursday, April 24 at the Doubletree Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois. With standing room only, this jam-packed auction room witnessed the extraordinary sale of $6,592,516 worth of world coins and medals....
The Alicia and Sid Belzberg Collection opened with a stunning group of select Polish rarities, and their performance indicated that the robust Polish coin market is in no present danger. The epic Battle of Chocim 1621 Gold 50 Ducat commemorating the Polish victory finally weighed in at a whopping $431,250, the highest realization in the sale, after intense bidding.
Excitement abounded when, minutes later, the exceedingly rare 1614 Gold 5 Ducat soared to $115,000 and the 1624 Gold 5 Ducat made its way to $63,250. All paddles were in the air when the magnificent and extremely rare 1617 Silver Double Talary crossed the block, topping out at $184,000.