Canada 1884 cent

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 30028
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 30028 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $55,812.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Unknown as a Specimen Victoria Specimen Cent 1884, Specimen 65 Red Brown NGC. This is an amazing Victoria Cent. Unlisted in Specimen, or Proof, for this date. Fully mirrored fields with a razor-sharp strike and abundant, original red mint color. Extremely rare in this condition, and very likely a Royal Mint Proof issue. Ex: 'Colonel' E.H.R. Green; Green Estate' Partnership of Eric P Newman/B.G. Johnson." This type was struck 1870-1901 in large quantities and is readily available in grades up to brown Uncirculated. This date is priced about 40% higher than the commonest date (1900-H) but is otherwise unmemorable.

Recorded mintage: 2,500,000.

Specification: 5.67 g, bronze, 25.4 mm diameter, plain edge.

Catalog reference: KM 7.


  • 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, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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