Perth Collection of Newfie cents offered for second time in four months

Aug. 28-31 RCNA Auction to feature several other coin, banknote rarities

By Jesse Robitaille

After going unsold despite widespread interest this spring, the Perth Collection will once again cross the block during this August’s Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) Auction.

The Canadian Numismatic Company (TCNC) will offer the 30-piece group lot of Newfoundland copper cents alongside more than 1,000 other lots, including three other named collections, on Aug. 28-31. Dating from 1865-1947, the Perth Collection’s coins include 20 examples certified at the top of their respective population reports. It was consigned by an anonymous investor who acquired the set – built over 25 years – from another anonymous collector from Toronto.

“The Perth Collection of Newfoundland large and small cents is the best set ever assembled,” said TCNC owner and auctioneer Marc Verret.

Like this spring, the set will be offered in its entirety and “won’t be broken up,” Verret said, despite its potential for higher individual realizations.

It first crossed the block this April (“Finest set of Newfie cents to highlight Prominence Sale III,” CCN Volume 59 #2) but went unsold. This August, it will cross the block as Lot 20 with a starting bid of $145,000. Again, it’s expected to bring upwards of $225,000.


The RCNA Auction will also feature the Gelpke Maritimes Collection, the North River Collection and the Gem Collection with a range of Canadian and colonial coin and banknote highlights.

“The sale includes a superb selection of Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland coinage in high-end condition,” said Verret. “Expect considerable participation and strong bidding as New Brunswick coinage in Choice to Gem Mint-State (MS) condition is seldom offered.”

Among the “major” colonial coin highlights, Verret added, is New Brunswick’s rare 1862-dated 10-cent coin. Certified as MS-66 with an estimate of $15,000-plus, it will cross the block as Lot 15.

The North River Collection offers a selection of 25-cent coins with several Victorian, Edwardian and George V pieces in Choice to Gem condition. Among these sought-after pieces is a key-date 1887 Victorian 25-cent coin in Choice About Uncirculated-58, “possibly the third or fourth best example known,” Verret said. Offered as Lot 179, it’s estimated at $5,000-plus.

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