Newfoundland 1938 cent

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 20508
Newfoundland 1938 cent rev Heritage 3010-20508.jpg

This specimen was lot 20508 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $6,325. The catalog description[1] noted, "Newfoundland. George VI Specimen Cent 1938, Specimen 67 RD PCGS, flawless details with gorgeous reflective surfaces, a virtually perfect coin and the finest Newfoundland Specimen bronze coin in existence of any size or monarch." This specimen is a common date of a type struck in Ottawa, Canada, for the colony of Newfoundland 1938-47. Canada switched to small cents in 1920 but Newfoundland did not follow suit until 1938. 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: 500,000 plus a few specimens.

Specification: bronze, 19 mm diameter, designed by Percy Metcalfe.

Catalog reference: KM 18.


  • 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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