Calling Canada coin collectors
Before I left the hobby nearly a decade ago, there were examples of a clear rppm (repunched mint mark) on the 1872-H canada silver 5 cents that were being shown - I myself had one at the time. Under magnification, it appears to be a large H over a small H punch. At the time, despite the protests by some Canadian “power” collectors that this was not actually a real RPPM, I noticed that if one came up for sale on ebay, it would sell for strong money (multiples of normal), even if not identified as a repunch in the auction, and sometimes to the same characters who were contending that it was not a mint error.
Just taking a look around, especially at websites devoting themselves to Canadian coins...those that show every variety and die crack, I found that the 1872-H/h RPPM is still not listed. It’s kind of a weird deal, and the whole situation makes me think that the tail wags the dog in Canadian numismatics. Take a look for (if you can find an example online), and at, close-ups of the RPPM. I find it hard to believe that this is being ignored - it would be as if the US coin collecting community, through “advice” from big named and established collectors and dealers, decided (at least for public consumption), that there is no such thing as a three legged buffalo nickel.
It makes me think that when the right people buy up enough examples, a new “discovery” will be found and listed in the reference books, but they won’t be quite as reasonable at that point.
What are your thoughts on this? Remember, there are detailed photos on the RPPM...what are the current explanations of what sure appears to be a smaller mint mark under a larger one?
If you have any of these, and don’t believe them to be RPMM, even though I’m mostly out of the hobby, I’m a buyer at a price slightly over normal coins of the date. Why not sell now? No use in holding on to normally struck coins when you could get a little premiun for them. lol