Cornerstone Collection ‘virtually all sold’

The top-earning Canadian collection of recent times – eclipsing the Cook Collection’s roughly $4.2 million realization in 2019 – has exceeded $5 million in sales with a 95 per cent sell-through rate.

The Cornerstone Collection, offered in a fixed-price catalogue by Nova Scotia dealer Sandy Campbell beginning in spring 2019, has sold nearly all 255 lots.

“It’s virtually all sold,” Campbell told CCN in mid-December, adding only “a handful of items” – fewer than 15 coins – are still available.

Assembled by Toronto’s Rogozinsky family over nearly 50 years, the collection “represents the rarest and finest of Canadian coins,” according to Michael Rogozinsky, the current president of Empire Auctions.

Among the collection’s 20 unique specimen and proof strikes was the 1936 “dot” set, considered the “holy grail” of Canadian numismatics and the finest and only set available to the public.

More than $50,000 – proceeds from the sale of the catalogue – was donated to the Victoria County Memorial Hospital Charitable Foundation, which supports the Victoria County Memorial Hospital in Campbell’s hometown of Baddeck, N.S.

To read CCN’s August 2019 review of the Cornerstone Collection, click here.

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