Canada 1881-H 50 cents
This specimen was lot 22310 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $360. The catalog description noted, "CANADA. 50 Cents, 1881-H. PCGS Genuine--Cleaned, AU Details Secure Holder. Sharply struck, lightly toned and quite good eye appeal despite the detail designation. Ex: Bowers & Merena sale 11/1983, lot# 3513." This type is notoriously difficult to find in nice condition despite being minted in respectable numbers 1870-1901. The 1881-H is priced slightly more than double the commonest date (1900).
Recorded mintage: 820,000.
Specification: 11.66 g, .925 fine silver, .300 troy oz ASW.
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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, John Kraljevich and Cris Chatigny, The January 2018 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.