Newfoundland 1917-C 5 cents

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 20512
Newfoundland 1917 5 cents rev Heritage 3010-20512.jpg

This specimen was lot 20512 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $2,530. The catalog description[1] noted, "Newfoundland. George V 5 Cents 1917C, MS65 PCGS, a gorgeous coin with white surfaces and delicate golden patina in the legends. Very rare date in this premium condition." This specimen is a common date of a type struck in Ottawa, Canada, for the colony of Newfoundland 1912, 1917, 1919 and 1929. Canada debased her five cent pieces from .925 to .800 fine silver in 1920 but Newfoundland did not follow suit until 1944. Newfoundland was admitted into the Dominion of Canada in 1949 and her separate coinage ceased. As a class, Newfoundland coinage is scarcer than equivalent Canadian coinage but collector demand for it is lower so it is often cheaper.

Recorded mintage: 300,319.

Specification: 1.17 g, .925 fine silver, designed by G. W. DeSaulles.

Catalog reference: KM 13.


  • 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]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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