Due to my close proximity to Canada, penchant for Canadian beer, and therefore many nights spent in Canadian bars during my age of 18-21, I have had much interaction with Canadian money. It is very common to get it in change daily, here in Southeast MI. This is why I am somewhat of a Canadian collector. It started with modern circulation coins and mutated into some older stuff.
I recently revisited my Large Cent collection for imaging, and it made me remember why I liked this series so much. So I thought I would share my limited knowledge, some examples, and a few reasons they make a great series to collect.
You cant afford not to collect them
- It's an affordable and short series to collect. Aside from the key dates, nice grade circulated examples can be had for $5-$15 a piece.
- There are only a few key dates, the 1858 (first year), being one of them.
- Even the keys are affordable in most grades.
- There are quite a few varieties in the Victoria series if you are feeling squirrelly. (Some can be hard to find and get pricey. Over dates, double punches, etc..)
Specs for entire series:
Weight: 4.54 grams
There were 3 design changes for the Canadian large Cents.
1858-1901 - VICTORIA
1884 - 200,000
- Heritage Auction, Jan 2003: PCGS MS 64 RED: $506.00
1859 - 9,579,000
1875H Large date
- Heritage Auction, Jan 2003: PCGS MS 61: $2,070.00
- Ebay: April, 2012: ICCS G-4: $170.44
1902-1910 - Edward VII
1907 H - 800,000
- Heritage Auction, Sep 2011: PCGS MS 64RB: $431.25
1910 - 5,146,487
1911-1920 - George V
1914 - 3,405,958
1918 - 12,970,798
I am currently 4 coins short of the entire set, with many duplicates. The conditions are all across the board, but all circulated.
Here are some of my favorites.
Not because of grade, but because of the color.
I know some folks will them them ugly and scream 'damaged', but I just love em. They have so much character, and each one is unique.
Thanks for reading, you hosers. I always enjoy pushing my collecting preferences onto others.