While organizers cancelled the 2021 New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) due to COVID-19, the event’s official auctioneers – eight in total – will go ahead with their respective sales this January.
Heritage Auctions is set to kick things off with its NYINC Platinum & Signature Auction on Jan. 21-22, when nearly 80 Canadian coins and colonial tokens will cross the block among nearly 1,900 lots of world and ancient coins.
Leading the way is the finest known 1874 Newfoundland 50-cent specimen coin described by auctioneers as “breathtaking.” Certified as Specimen-67 Cameo by Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS), the nearly 150-year-old rarity boasts a noteworthy provenance.
Last sold for $75,000 as part of the Rogozinski family’s Cornerstone Collection (offered in a fixed-priced catalogue by Nova Scotia dealer Sandy Campbell in 2019-20), the coin also once belonged to the collections of John Temple, Jay Parrino and Sid and Alicia Belzberg.
It’s estimated at $50,000 US-$70,000 US as Lot 31102.
Other Canadian highlights include a 1969-dated 25-cent coin struck over a 1906-A Prussian 20-mark gold coin.
Described as “possibly unique with the present undertype, and a trophy piece for the collector of Canadian mint errors,” rarity is estimated at $4,000 US-$6,000 US as Lot 32367.
“Much of the detail of the original piece remains, and the coin itself has survived in fully gem condition, its flashy pale-gold surfaces shining with gentle wateriness,” reads the lot description, which adds the error is “comparable to an example of the same date, this struck over a Great Britain gold Sovereign dated 1967, that we offered in 2014 and which sold for $18,000 hammer.”
Two other modern rarities will also cross the block as Lots 32397–98, which offers obverse and reverse uniface die trials for the Royal Canadian Mint’s one-ounce Gold Maple Leaf, which was launched in 1979. Both trials are certified as Specimen-65 by PCGS and estimated at $800 US-$1,000 US each.
Described by auctioneers as “undoubtedly extremely rare,” the obverse trial is one of only two examples certified by PCGS.
The reverse trial is the only example certified by PCGS “and the ideal companion to the prior uniface obverse trial,” according to auctioneers.
1843 ‘BUST/SHIP’ TOKEN
Rounding out the highlights is an 1843 New Brunswick one-penny “Bust/Ship” proof token (Breton 909) offered as Lot 32403.
Struck in bronzed copper, it’s certified as Proof-64 Brown by PCGS with a plain edge and medal alignment. In the description, auctioneers refer to its “glossy medallic striking that offers bold detail paired with wonderful chocolate-brown surfaces that spill over into hues of auburn and deep purple when tilted beneath light.”
It’s estimated at $1,000 US-$1,500 US.