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Downtown Stamp and Coin Sales Limited has expanded to the Hudson's Bay Company's flagship Vancouver store. Stamp and Coin dealer Brian Grant Duff has taken over the 700 square foot collectibles center, located on the fourth floor, adjacent to Toys, at 674 Granville Street.

Grant Duff started his career there, half his lifetime ago, as an F.E. Eaton & Sons retail clerk, when the long-established Vancouver firm operated Coin and Stamp departments in the Bay and Eaton's. Subsequent operator Yeno Nyeste has retired after operating the Vancouver Bay's Coin and Watch Repair department for the last fourteen years.

Grant Duff previously ran stores and auctions for Eaton & Sons in both Vancouver and Toronto. Collectibles dealing runs in his family. His Great Uncle, Peter Chance, was chairman of Christie's. During the 1990's, Grant Duff ran Eaton's Stamps and Coins in downtown Vancouver, then acquired All Nations, a fifty year old Stamp and Coin Shop, located at 434 Richards Street, when owner Eero Muna retired. David Hamilton, longtime coin auctioneer and Antarctic banknote entrepreneur, will continue to conduct Downtown Stamp and Coin's weekly auctions and e-Bay offerings at All Nations.

Grant Duff hopes his association with the historic Bay will help grow collectors. His new venture began with a bang when his first meeting with the Bay was interrupted by the Seattle earthquake, then a whimper when the Vancouver transit strike coincided with his first day of operations at the Bay. Undaunted, Grant Duff soldiers on in the frontline retail trenches of his trade.

He can be reached at the Bay Coins and Stamps, P.O. Box 54023, 674 Granville Street, Vancouver, B..C., V6C 1Z3, phone (604)689 2230, or at All Nations, 434 Richards Street, Vancouver, B.C., V6B 2Z3, phone (604)6844613, e-mail: , Pacific Standard

Time Store hours are 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday at All Nations, and 930am to 7pm Monday to Wednesday, until 9pm Thursday and Friday, from 8am to 7pm Saturday, and from 11am to 6pm Sunday, at the Bay. The Bay Coin and Stamp Department features Canadian and world stamps, coins, banknotes,sportscards, and collectors' supplies and caters to all levels of collectors from amateurs to experts.

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