Newfoundland 1873-H 5 cents

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Heritage sale 3008, lot 20841
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 20841 in Heritage sale 3008 (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $9,775. The catalog description[1] noted, "Newfoundland. Victoria 5 Cents 1873-H, AU53 PCGS. Well struck and lustrous with minor abrasions. The unquestioned key issue of the Newfoundland 5 Cent silver series. Extremely rare and the only piece certified in MS63 by PCGS, with only one certified finer (1/1). ICCS has certified no coins finer than XF40." This type was struck fairly steadily for Newfoundland 1865-96. It is a trifle heavier than the Canadian five cent piece of the period. This date was struck at London and Heaton, with the Heaton issue being the rarer and the key to the whole series.

Recorded mintage: 44,260 (London and Heaton strikes together).

Specification: 1.17 g, .925 fine silver, .035 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.
  • Cross, W. K., The Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian Coins, 47th Ed., Toronto: Charlton International, 1993.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3008: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2009.

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