Newfoundland 1880 5 cents

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Heritage sale 3032, lot 24259
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 24259 in Heritage sale 3032 (Chicago, April 2014), where it sold for $5,875. The catalog description[1] noted, "Newfoundland. Victoria Specimen 5 Cents 1880, London mint, SP66 PCGS. A richly toned premium Gem with an intense mixture of luxurious intermingled green and gold patina that traverses both sides. Shimmering gleam, a result of zealous die polishing, further illuminates the eye-appeal and confirms this piece as one of the rare Specimen issues for the year. The finest of two examples graded by PCGS with the other example being the Norweb coin that graded SP64. Unlikely to exist in quantities above four or five. From The Prager Collection of Canadian Specimen Coins." This type was struck for Newfoundland 1865-1901 and many of the later dates are common. This date is scarce.

Recorded mintage: 30,000 plus proofs.

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]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3032, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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