Among 655 world coins offered on Oct. 28-29, the 11 Canadian pieces crossed the block during the sale’s closing session. Altogether, the two-day sale brought $5.2 million US (about $6.47 million Cdn.), with more than 2,000 individual bidders vying for the numismatic offerings.
The top-selling Canadian lot was a 1941 George VI-era 25-cent coin in Mint State-67 (MS-67). Certified by Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS), the coin checks “all the right boxes with collectors—technically superior, beautifully toned, and apparently very fresh to the auction market,” according to auctioneers. The coin offered this October is one of only two examples in MS-67 from both PCGS and Numismatic Guaranty Corp. (NGC) out of more than 100 certified examples.
It brought $8,100 US (about $10,000 Cdn.).
1858 ‘PLAIN 5’ 20 CENTS
Certified as MS-65 by PCGS, it’s outranked by only two PCGS-certified examples in MS-66 and another one in MS-66-plus. The California-based PCGS has certified 360 examples.
The one offered this October brought $6,600 US (about $8,200 Cdn.).
1940 GEORGE VI 25 CENTS
Rounding out the top three was another George VI-era 25-cent coin, this one dated 1940 with a grade of MS-67 from PCGS.
Described by auctioneers as “a far and away superior example of this date,” it’s tied for the finest example certified across PCGS and NGC between more than 150 examples.
It brought $4,080 US (about $5,000 Cdn.).