About this set: In 1865, Newfoundland changed over to decimal currency following the footsteps of Canada, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. Newfoundland was a British Colony at this time, and was the only British North American Colony to issue it's own gold coin. The "$2 Newfies" as they were called were numismatically significant in the respect that they were not only denominated as "2 Dollars", but also as "Two Hundred Cents" and "One Hundred Pence"; three separate but equivalent denominations. The $2 Newfies were issued only in 1865, 1870, 1872, 1880-82, 1885 and 1888. All the coins have a portrait of Queen Victoria on the obverse, with the reverse containing the denominations and date. Two varieties exist on the 1870 dated coins (no dot and one dot, OR one dot and two dot - depending on which reference you consult); and the 1882 issue contains an "H" mintmark for the Heaton Mint, Birmingham, England, as these were minted in Britain. A complete set will contain 9 pieces, comprised of the two 1870 varieties and one each of the remaining seven years of issue.
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