Realizations include buyer’s premium.
Certified in Mint-State (MS) condition, a 1945 silver dollar featuring the “5 over 5” variety was the top-earning coin among nearly 580 lots in Geoffrey Bell Auctions’ (GBA) latest Moncton Sale.
An annual late-year auction dating back to 2013, the Moncton Sale is held at the firm’s headquarters in the city’s downtown area just north of the Petitcodiac River. This year’s single-session sale was held on Nov. 20 and marked the first GBA auction with live in-person bidding – albeit just for locals – since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020.
Several of those bidders battled for the “5/5” silver dollar variety, which was certified by International Coin Certification Service (ICCS) as MS-60. It eventually sold for $1,100, nearly doubling its $575 estimate as Lot 218.
Canada’s 1945 silver dollar has a mintage of 38,391 – slightly more than half of the sought-after 1948 silver dollar’s 18,780 mintage. The former coin carries a CCN Trends valuation of $525 in MS-60, $650 in MS-62, $1,000 in MS-63, $2,500 in MS-64 and $15,000 in MS-65.
Often missing from collectors’ collection, this date enjoys high demand owing to its relatively low mintage.
CCN published a full Moncton Sale review in Vol. 59 #19.