In 1942, during World War II, the Netherlands struck a reported
200,000 examples of the zinc 2½-cent coin, but most wound up being melted.
One of reportedly 30 examples to escape the melting pot is offered
in the Canadian Legacy Sale in Toronto on June 26. The auction is
being held over three days, until June 28, and is jointly conducted by
Canadian Coin & Currency and Moore Numismatics Auctions Inc.
The example in the auction shows a moderate amount of environmental
encrustation (zinc is notoriously reactive as a coinage metal). Graded
About Uncirculated 50 Details by Professional Coin Grading Service,
the underlying details remain sharp, according to the auction catalog.
It is estimated by the auctioneers at $10,000 in Canadian funds,
somewhat below catalog values, the estimate reflecting the damage.
An auction catalog may be downloaded or viewed at the Canadian Coin
& Currency website.
For more information, telephone Moore at 925-946-0150 or email
him. Contact Canadian Coin & Currency at 888-236-2646 or email it.