Nova Scotia 1861 cent Large Bud

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Heritage sale 3008, lot 20831
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 20831 in Heritage sale 3008 (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $2990. The catalog description[1] noted, "Nova Scotia. Victoria Cent 1861 Large Bud, MS66 Red and Brown NGC. Fully lustrous with essentially complete mint-red color. Although the red is mellowed, there is virtually no evidence of brown. The strike is bold and the surfaces exhibit only a few barely visible marks. The finest example of this type that we have seen." Prior to confederation with Canada in 1867, the province of Nova Scotia issued half cents and cents 1861-64. This "Large Bud" variety is listed as very rare; the "Small Bud" variety is common.

Recorded mintage: 800,000.

Specification: bronze, plain edge.

Catalog reference: KM 8.1.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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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