Canada 1872-H 10 cents

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Heritage sale 3032, lot 24227
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 24227 in Heritage sale 3032 (Chicago, April 2014), where it sold for $12,925. The catalog description[1] noted, "Victoria Specimen 10 Cents 1872-H, Heaton mint, SP67 PCGS. Sheathed in a rich blanket of tone on both sides with iridescent blue coloration around a portion of the obverse legends and dusky rose and orange-peach in the centers. Similarly toned on the reverse, only deeper in hue and with more blue-green mixed in. Very likely coming from the same set as the 1872-H Specimen quarter in this sale, with a color palette that appears too similar to be just coincidence. A tiny freckle, apparently a strike-through of some sort, is the only perceptible imperfection, with the surfaces that appear otherwise pristine. Like all the Specimen strikings of 1872, thought to exist today in numbers around 5-7 pieces, with an original mintage that was in all likelihood around 10. To date, PCGS has recorded seven submissions with NGC having seen none. Not surprisingly, the present Superb Gem is the lone finest graded, thus creating a singular opportunity for the collector that demands the finest. Ex: Norweb Collection (B&M 11/96, Lot-180). From The Prager Collection of Canadian Specimen Coins." The type was struck in 1858 and 1870-1901. Despite the ample mintage, this date is rare.

Recorded mintage: 1,000,000.

Specification: 2.32 g, .925 fine silver, .069 troy oz ASW, 18 mm diameter, reeded edge.

Catalog reference: KM 3.


  • 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]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3024, featuring the Kairos and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collections, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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