When the 165th auction was held on 5th and 6th March, not only antique and German coins were going under the hammer, but also a collection created by a customer with a passion for Canadian coins. Lots 1993 to 2041 and Lots 9411 and 9422 contained Canadian cents and dollars in both single and collection lots. As numismatist Alexander Udwari from Auktionshaus Felzmann explained: “These lots contain some truly exquisite specimens, including a number of coins of which just 18,000 were minted.”
In 1948, for example, there were only 18,780 specimens of a particular one-dollar coin in existence – the same coin as in Lot 2013 of our Spring Auction. This coin – which depicts King George VI and also two fur traders in a canoe – is also known as the “Voyageur dollar”. This silver dollar was replaced by a smaller nickel version in 1968, barely 20 years later.
Lts 2013, One-Dollar-Coin, 1948, starting price: 500 Euro.
Our Lot 2005 – for which the bidding started at €400 – consisted of no fewer than 58 Canadian coins, including 47 silver dollars and 11 nickel coins from the period 1935 to 1977.
Did you know?
The Canadian dollar was introduced in April 1871 to provide a standardised currency for all the country’s provinces. The locals like to refer to dollars as “bucks” or “Loonies”. The word “buck” comes from the word for goatskin leather, which was often used for trading in earlier days. “Loonie”, on the other hand, comes from “common loon”, the water bird depicted on the back of a one-dollar coin.