Two great Registry world coin sets will be on display at the American Numismatic Association’s 2017 World’s Fair of Money in Denver, August 1-5. Both are owned by Colorado collector Charles McVey.
The McVey Canadian dollar date set, circulation strikes, runs from 1935 to 1967 and consists of 28 silver coins with the portraits of three different British monarchs: George V, George VI and Elizabeth II. The set has a weighted grade point average of 62.30. The George V dollars are only a two-year issue, 1935 and 1936, and feature an imperial crowned portrait of the king. The reverse is the voyager design featuring a fur trader and a native man paddling in a canoe with rays above the canoe. 1935 is the first Canadian dollar issued and is also a commemorative, marking George V’s 25th year of reign.
The George VI dollars were issued from 1937-1952 and feature an uncrowned portrait on the obverse and the voyager on the reverse. 1939 is a commemorative issue marking the royal visit to Canada. It has a special reverse design of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. 1949 is another commemorative marking the 10th province of Canada, Newfoundland. The reverse design was taken from the ship model "Matthew" by Ernest Maunder of Newfoundland.
The Elizabeth II Silver Dollars, which were minted from 1953 to 1967 (from 1968 to date, the coins are non-silver and have a reduced diameter), feature two different portraits: the laureate portrait also known as the "Youthful Portrait" (1953-1963) and the tiara portrait (1965-1967). The reverse is the voyager design except for three commemoratives issues. In 1958, a commemorative was issued to commemorate the centenary of the establishment of British Columbia as a crown colony. Engraved on the reverse is the top element of a totem pole, the raven. 1964 saw the minting of the second Elizabeth II commemorative. This one marks the centennial of the 1864 meetings in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and Quebec City, Quebec. These meetings paved the way for the confederation in 1867, which united the Canadian provinces into one Dominion of Canada. The reverse shows the conjoining of the Irish shamrock, the Scottish thistle, the English rose, and the French fleur-de-lis. The last commemorative came in 1967 to commemorate the Centennial of the Confederation of Canada. The reverse is a Canadian goose in flight.
The number one ranked McVey Mexico Silver Peso date set won a gold award in 2016 for the Best Mexican set. The set has a weighted grade point average of 57.92. The 41 circulation strike coins in this set, which run from 1866 through 1945, have several different designs on both the obverse and reverse of the coins. 1866 and 1867 are coins from the Empire of Maximilian with the portrait of the bearded Maximilian on the obverse and the crowned shield on the reverse. Maximilian was an Austrian naval officer appointed by Napoleon III of France to rule Mexico. His short reign was from 1864 to his death at age 34 in 1867.
The Second Republic was 1869-1909. The obverse design is the Mexican coat of arms, which features a spread winged eagle perched on a cactus with a snake in its beak and talon. The reverse is the balance scale. Then in 1898, the reverse design was changed to a liberty cap surrounded by rays.
Mexican decimal coinage included silver pesos, which were minted through 1945. These coins feature two different reverse designs. The first design is the “Caballito” peso, 1910-1914, which has the goddess Liberty mounted on a horse on the reverse. All the "Caballito" pesos were minted in Mexico City. The coin commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Mexican War of Independence between Mexico and Spain. The longest design run during this period is the liberty cap with rays above a three-quarter wreath, which contains the value and date. This design, first introduced in 1918, ran until 1945, when it was replaced with a series of presidential portraits.
Charles collects Canadian and Mexican coinage because both countries border the United States. He appreciates the intricate design and quality of the coins produced by the Royal Canadian Mint. And, he likes the design of the Mexican Peso. The eagle standing on the cactus holding the snake in its beak and one talon reminds him of the rugged West and the difficulty of living in a desert environment.
If your plans take you to the ANA this summer, we invite you to stop by the PCGS booth #116 to view these wonderful sets sponsored by PCGS Set Registry and pick up a free, informative brochure about the sets and the collector.