Canada 1872-H 5 cents

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Heritage sale 3040, lot 29453
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 29453 in Heritage sale 3040 (Chicago, April 2015), where it sold for $3,760. The catalog description[1] noted, "Victoria Specimen 5 Cents 1872-H SP64 PCGS, Heaton mint. A coin that obviously rested in its original box of issue for ages, with surfaces that have deeply toned throughout, leaving the obverse drenched in an mixture of electric blue-green and peach shades and the reverse in rich, earthy tones. Still, reflectivity remains apparent, a sign that the dies were obviously highly polished before striking occurred. One of likely only 8-10 struck for the presentation sets of the year, and even when its rarity is not considered, impressive in its own right." This type was struck at Heaton and London 1858-1901. This Heaton mint issue is fairly common up thru extremely fine.

Recorded mintage: 2,000,000.

Specification: 1.16 g, .925 fine silver, .034 troy oz ASW, reeded edge.

Catalog reference: KM 2.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Cris Bierrenbach, Heritage Signature Auction 3020: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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