All realizations include buyer’s premium.
Eighteen rare Canadian sovereigns crossed the block on May 17 as part of the Caranett Collection of Sovereigns, which was offered in a special online sale by the Texas-based Heritage Auctions.
The collection was comprised of a “fascinating group of gold pounds assembled over three decades with only the best possible quality for each country, date and mintmark,” according to Cristiano Bierrenbach, Heritage’s executive vice-president of world and ancient coins.
Among the top Canadian highlights was Lot 99177, a 1916-C sovereign certified as Mint State-64 by Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS). One of fewer than 50 known examples, it brought $38,400 US as the auction’s second-highest selling lot.
Another rarity, this a 1909-C specimen, sold for $31,200 US as Lot 99167. Certified by PCGS as Specimen-65, it’s the finest-graded specimen and “likely one of the finest known to exist of this elusive Canadian issue,” added Bierrenbach.
A trio of more affordable examples, including a 1918-C sovereign in Mint State-63 plus a 1917-C and 1919-C both in Mint State-64, also sold for under $1,000 each.
All 18 Canadian sovereigns offered during the 284-lot auction were sold.