By Jesse Robitaille
The Canadian Numismatic Company (TCNC) will conduct its eighth Prominence Sale, a massive 2,400-lot offering, across seven days this November.
The Prominence Sale VIII will span two catalogues and seven sessions from Nov. 12-18. Three major collections with a focus on copper coins, early banknotes, war medals and militaria will be joined by selections from more than 70 other consignors offering tokens, countermarks, world issues, gold coinage and more.
“The first three sessions are highlighted by three attractive coin and banknote collections,” said auctioneer Marc Verret, referencing the R & G Collection of Canadian copper coins, the second part of the MC Collection of military medals and Canadian banknotes, and the third portion of the South Shore Collection of early Canadian paper money.
“Again, we expect to have a very good response from collectors, dealers and investors as this upcoming sale is extremely well diversified. There should be something for everyone from beginners to the most advanced collectors. The market remains positive, and this is supported by excellent results in recent local and overseas auctions, including record prices realized at different major auctions over the last weeks.”
R & G COLLECTION
The R & G Collection holds “a premium selection of carefully chosen elusive copper issues,” according to Verret, who added the date set ranges from 1902-20.
“Every single coin is red to full red with nice eye-appeal. Each coin has been carefully chosen with good taste,” he said, adding the owners, who wish to remain anonymous, built the collection in Western Canada over the past decade.
Each coin is graded by International Coin Certification Service (ICCS), and they’re “attractive and proper for the grade attributed,” Verret said, adding bidders can expect “some surprises and attractive issues.”
The Mint-State (MS) collection runs from Lots 462-488.
Among the highlights is a 1907 cent in MS-66 “Red.” Offered as Lot 467, it’s a “sublime, 100 per cent fully lustrous and red example with smooth mirror-like fields,” according to Verret, who called it a “very difficult date to find in Gem condition.” It’s estimated at $2,500-plus with an opening bid of $1,000.
Lot 469 offers a 1909 cent, also in MS-66 “Red.” This example – from the Victoria North Collection, offered as part of the 2015 Canadian Legacy Sale II – is 85 per cent lustrous and red with “smooth, shadowy fields,” Verret said. It’s estimated at $2,000-plus with an opening bid of $750.
A 1920 “Large” cent variety, once again in MS-66 “Red,” crosses the block as Lot 488. Verret called it a “spectacular pristine full red issue with mirror-like fields” and “one of the best we’ve seen.” It’s estimated at $2,500-plus with an opening bid of $1,000.
TCNC sold another example, certified as MS-65 by Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS), for $4,481.25 as Lot 146 of its 2022 New Year’s Sale.