Canada 1870 50 cents

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Ponterio sale 152, lot 7545
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

This specimen was lot 7545 in Ponterio sale 152 (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $4,255. The catalog description[1] noted, "CANADA. 50 Cents, 1870. No LCW. Toned. PCGS XF-45." This type was struck 1870-1901 in fairly large quantities but is hard to find in grades better than Fine. This variety, lacking the "LCW" (engraver's initials), is very rare.

Recorded mintage: 450,000 (all varieties).

Specification: 11.62 g, .925 fine silver, .3456 troy oz ASW, reeded edge.

Catalog reference: KM 6.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Cross, W. K., The Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian Coins, 47th Ed., Toronto: Charlton International, 1993.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 152: The 2010 NYINC Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2009.

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