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1872-H Newfoundland Cent, MS66 Red PCGS. Old Green Holder and Tied for Finest.

1872-H Newfoundland Cent, MS66 Red PCGS. Old Green Holder and Tied for Finest.


Two separate orders of 100,000 coins each were placed with the Royal Mint in 1872 (January and July), accounting for the issue’s total mintage of 200,000 pieces. The Royal Mint outsourced production to the Heaton facility in Birmingham, where all Newfoundland coinage was struck that year. The 1872-H cent has the distinction of being the only Newfoundland cent struck in coin turn. It is also by far the most collectible Victorian cent from Newfoundland in high grades. Probably 75 to 100 pieces were found among the “Heaton Hoard” distributed by Paramount during the mid-1970s. That said, examples in MS65 Red are rare, and examples as fine as this are almost never seen on the market. Just nine coins are so graded at PCGS, one at NGC, plus three at ICCS, according to their 2016 report. There are almost certainly some duplications included in those figures.

This is a spectacular example, likely the very finest Newfoundland cent of the type a collector could ever hope to find. It is an early impression from the dies with mint-made polish lines seen in the upper-obverse field. There is even noticeable contrast between the flashy fields and fully struck devices. Each side is light copper-orange with splashes of lavender present mainly on the reverse. The only visible fleck appears just under the left tip of the wreath. A few small carbon spots are also noted, but they are trivial.

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