1985 Canada $100
National Parks Commemorative Gold Coin Flip-Over & Double Struck
Second Strike 40% Off-Center
PCGS Proof 67 Deep Cameo Extremely Rare
This is a Canadian Gold $100 flip-over and double struck coin. The second strike is 40% off-center. The Royal Canadian Mint issued this coin in 1985. It is the $100 National Park Commemorative Coin. The obverse depicts Queen Elizabeth II and the reverse depicts a Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep.
The first strike was normally struck in the collar. The struck coin then flipped over and was struck again creating the most dramatic flip-over double strike imaginable. The second strike is 40% off-center showing the complete Bighorn mountain sheep on the obverse. The second strike is uniface on the reverse where it was struck by a blank planchet. After it was struck and flipped over, it was not seated in the collar for the second strike. It was struck at an angle the second time and the blank planchet underneath the second strike created a deep baseball cap shape. Because of the way this double struck flip-over off-center coin was produced, it was certified and sealed in a special PCGS holder that is twice as deep.
There is one double struck Canadian $100 gold National Parks known that was not flipped over. It is as spectacular as this flip-over although a flip-over is a much rarer type of mint error and obviously is more dramatic since it shows both the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and the Bighorn sheep on the same side. The double struck that was not flipped over just sold in the New York International Heritage Auction for $19,200.
It is incredible that this double struck flip-over proof Canadian gold coin was discovered and subsequently sent to PCGS for authentication and grading. This is one of the rarest, most expensive and most spectacular Canadian Mint Errors known. This proof gold Canadian Mint Error rivals any U.S. Gold Mint Error in rarity, prestige and value.
Here is this proof double struck flip-over
compared to a properly struck commemorative.
Here is another incredible 1985 Canada $100
National Parks Commemorative Gold mint error: