Canada 1948 10 cents

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Heritage sale 3042, lot 32656
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 32656 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $1,880. The catalog description[1] noted, "George VI Specimen 10 Cents 1948 SP67 PCGS, Royal Canadian Mint. Approaching technical perfection with untoned surfaces that showcase eye-catching cameo contrast. Among the finest that we have seen for this date. From The Eric Beckman Collection of Canadian Coins." This type, struck at Ottawa 1948-52, is common in all grades. Mint officials were caught by surprise when the king announced that he was dropping "ET IND IMP" ("and Emperor of India") from his title and did not have any obverse hubs ready for 1948. Hence most of 1948's production was of 1947 dated coins with a maple leaf added to the reverse as a privy mark.

Recorded mintage: 422,741 plus 9,638,793 dated 1947 with maple leaf.

Specification: 2.31 g, .800 fine silver, .059 troy oz ASW, 18 mm diameter, reeded edge.

Catalog reference: KM 43.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Cross, W. K., The Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian Coins, 47th Ed., Toronto: Charlton International, 1993.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3042, featuring the Read and Bob Bennett Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.

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