Cape & Islands low-numbered IC license plate auction drives many bids

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The Cape & Islands Low-Numbered IC License Plate Auction has concluded, with a total of 746 sought-after low-numbered plates being sold.
In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the ever-popular Cape & Islands License Plate, the Cape & Islands License Plate Marketing Committee held the five-day online auction, which generated activity from 1,232 bidders and delivered over $386,500 in overall sales. As these low-numbered IC plates had never been issued previously, they were even more desirable for interested buyers.
The online auction, which ran from 6 a.m. on Sunday, August 13 through 5 p.m. on Friday, August 18, was available to participants to bid in real-time from desktop, mobile, and tablet.
“We are very excited with the outcome of this charitable online auction,” said Wendy Northcross, Chairman of the Cape & Islands License Plate Committee. “Many of the bidders selected numbers with special significance to them, including one man who said the number he chose had meaning tied to his father, a close friend and his new grandson. Others selected number combinations representing their anniversaries or birthdays, and several bidders purchased the plate as a gift for a loved one. Interestingly enough, the low number that saw the most bidding action was IC Plate #722. Everyone had a story about their particular number selection!”
Not only were registrants able to bid on previously unobtainable plates, their tax-deductible donations will provide funds for meaningful job creation, business assistance, visitor services and workforce training programs on both the Cape and the Islands. Revenues generated by the low-numbered license plate auction will benefit programs that support the growth and stability of the year-round economy and local organizations.
Introduced in 1996, the Cape & Islands License Plate has remained the most successful specialty license plate in Massachusetts with over 42,000 plates on the road. The well-known plate has generated more than $23 million since its inception, and plate sales have benefitted over 200 different local organizations.
The plate captures the distinct beauty of this coastal region, featuring Eastham’s Nauset Lighthouse along with the cliffs of Siasconset in Nantucket and Gay Head on Martha’s Vineyard.
If you would like to donate to or learn more about the Cape & Islands License Plate, please visit

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