Collectors of Canadian coins are anxiously awaiting an auction to be held in Toronto, May 31-June 1 2012. Included in the Geoffrey Bell Auctions catalogue are pattern and trial specimens coins of Canada. These seldom offered rarities feature specimens from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and pre and post Confederation Canada.
A coin is deemed a pattern if it bears a proposed new design, denomination or metal that never was adopted for actual use. Trial strikes are specimens produced in non-valuable metals for internal review and study. Very few specimens are produced of either patters or trials.
There are 5 Nova Scotia, 1 New Brunswick, 4 Newfoundland and 5 pre and post Confederation Canadian pieces.
There is a one cent in bronze estimated at $15,000-$20,000 the 1858 Canada One Cent Essai – CH PC-2, PCGS SP63 RB. Bronze specimen, uniface design that is similar to PC-1. Mirror like finish in the fields combined with razor sharp details. Very rare with only 5 known Ex:Temple, Norweb.
A 1858 Canada Twenty Cent Trial – CH PC-4, PCGS SP61 Bowman B-6 is expected to bring $15,000-$20,000. Sharply struck with heavy toning. A short-lived issue that was withdrawn due to the confusion with the 25 cent pieces. This type coin has always been very popular with collectors. Obverse – adopted design, reverse – adopted design for New Brunswick. 4.03 grams. Very scarce with only 5 graded by PCGS. Ex:Temple.All patterns and trials are considered rare and highly sought after.
The Geoffrey Bell Auction is being held in conjunction with the Toronto Coin Expo, June 1-2 2012 at the Toronto Reference Library.