Canada 1871 50 cents

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Heritage sale 3008, lot 20644
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 20644 in Heritage sale 3008 (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $5,750. The catalog description[1] noted, "Canada. Victoria 50 Cents 1871 Obverse 2, MS63 PCGS. From our September 2006 sale of the Dominion Collection, where it was described, 'Superbly struck with attractive gold, sea-green, and argent-gray toning over full underlying luster. Housed in a first generation PCGS green label holder. Only three pieces have been certified finer by PCGS.'" This type is notoriously dfficult to find in nice condition despite being minted in respectable numbers 1870-1901. This date is priced slightly higher than the commonest dates (1870 or 1900).

Recorded mintage: 200,000.

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]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3008: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2009.

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