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Buy the Holder, Not the Coin!

By thecanadiannumismatist    |   Sunday, 5 March 2023

5 cents 1944 Tombac

In early February 1986, PCGS used slabs with perf edges insert, and alignment pins, for a very short time of the first few days of PCGS operations.

No Canadian coin are known to be in one of these.

In 1992, the company introduced premium The Regency Holder to mostly slab important coins. These holders are oversized, have a dark green background, with the hologram on reverse and without the usual PCGS number on the insert. The company stopped housing coins in these in 1996.

Limited in popularity due to awkward size, this holder is infrequently seen today. It is estimated approximately 700 coins were put into Regency Holders, roughly half of them Israeli coins from the Danny Kaye collection.


Because the small number of Regency Holders in existence, coins in them are always sold for a premium.

Only 2 Canadian coins are known to be (or were) in these:

Sovereign 1911-C

The Doily Holder, by PCGS, is one of the most coveted holder/label type. It was produced by PCGS for a short time from around August 1989 through January 1990. Only a few of these slabs have survived today and many believe that the graders were conservative during this time.

A Canadian one sold for cheap in April 2022 for $480 (5 cents 1947 - Dot - MS-63).

According to the Doily Census produced by collectors, only a few Canadian coins are known in these holders:

  • 5 cents 1947 - Dot - MS-63 (x2)
  • 25 cents 1900 - MS-62
  • 1 dollar 1935 - MS-65
  • 1 dollar 1939 - MS-62
  • 1 dollar 1939 - MS-64
  • 1 dollar 1949 - MS-64 (x5)
  • 1 dollar 1949 - MS-65 (x4)
  • 1 dollar 1971 - Silver - SP-68
  • 1 dollar 1972 - Silver - SP-67 (x2)
  • 1 dollar 1973 - Silver - SP-67
  • Sovereign 1911 - C - MS-63

Doily holders often sell for a premium.

1 dollar 1951

ICCS started with larger flip holders in the very first year of business. A small number of coins were housed in them. The certification prefix on most of the insert for these plastic holders is AJ, CD or KK.

Like the others mentionned above, ICCS large flips are sought after because coins were often conservatively graded by ICCS at the start.

Like ICCS, NGC first generation holders are very rare. They were only produced between September and November 1987. They can be easily identified by their black background.

This 1st generation holder features a black insert. The white label was placed on rear and the logo on the front of holder. Current census figures put the number of survivors known at 42. This number will probably go up a bit as more are discovered over time.


No Canadian coin are known to be in one of these.

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