Error coins and Canadian tokens highlight the June 26 to 28 Canadian Legacy sale in Toronto.
Canadian Coin & Currency and Moore Numismatic Auctions are jointly conducting the auction.
Canadian $2 on U.S. planchet
One of the auction highlights is a 2000 Canadian $2 coin struck on a planchet for the Sacagawea dollar. The error is part of the Robert J. Kril Collection of Canadian and World Error Coins. The late Kril spent more than 40 years assembling the collection of “spectacular errors spanning from before Canadian confederation through the mid 1990s,” according to the auction catalog.
Kril focused on elusive historic and modern errors, pieces where only a few examples are known, according to the two firms. This auction is a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view and acquire some of the most exceptional error coins of Canada and the world.”
During his collecting journey, Kril “quietly assembled an unprecedented collection including dozens of unique and ultra rare errors that may be best described as ‘wow’ coins,” according to the auction firms.
The Canadian wrong planchet error resulted after the United States Mint contracted with the Royal Canadian Mint in 1999 and 2000 to burnish the planchets for Sacagawea dollars. A planchet for the U.S. coin became mixed in with the planchets for the Canadian $2 coin.
Canada’s ringed-bimetallic $2 coin, introduced in 1996, is 28 millimeters in diameter.
Two such errors are known, according to the auction firms, citing the Jan. 4, 2010, sale of another example by Heritage Auctions. That piece, graded Mint State 66 by Professional Coin Grading Service, realized $6,325, including the 15 percent buyer’s fee.
The example offered in the Legacy sale is graded MS-64 by PCGS and estimated at $8,000 Canadian.