‘Growing popularity’ for modern coins

More than 800 bidders vied for 432 lots in the Modern World Coins Winter Showcase Auction, which realized $774,882 US (about $870,550 Cdn.) at Heritage Auctions on March 20.

“The growing popularity of even the latest numismatic issues, such as Britain’s ‘Great Engravers’ series, continues to prove that the demand for modern rare coins is greater than it has ever been,” according to a statement from the sale’s auctioneers, who added the lots dated from the 1960s through the present day.

1973 Prince Edward Island centennial medal.

Among the three Canadian lots, a 1973 Prince Edward Island centennial medal brought $1,050 US (about $1,315 Cdn.), including buyer’s premium, as Lot 98037. Described by auctioneers as a “very scarce medal as most have been melted,” the 37.3-gram, 12-karat gold example was certified as Proof-67 by Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC).

1976 $100 Montréal Olympics coin.

A 1976 $100 Montréal Olympics coin – also struck by the Mint in 22-karat gold and certified by NGC as Mint State-62 – realized $528 US (about $1,315 Cdn.) with premium as Lot 98036.

The top-earning lot was a 2020 £200 two-ounce gold proof coin, “Three Graces,” struck as part of the British Royal Mint’s Great Engravers series. In NGC Proof-70, it brought $19,200 US (about $24,000 Cdn.) with premium.

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