Canada 1916 5 cents

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Heritage sale 3026, lot 24095
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 24095 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $3,055. The catalog description[1] noted, "George V 5 Cents 1916, MS67 NGC, a superb example with aged silvery-gray patina and full underlying mint luster, fully original and very rare in this elite certified grade. Tied for the finest known." Canada issued silver five cent pieces 1858-1921. In 1920, the coin was debased from .925 to .800 fine, then in 1921 it was converted to a nickel piece very similar to the U. S. five cent coin. This date is common up thru Extremely Fine.

Recorded mintage: 2,481,675.

Specification: 1.16 g, .925 fine silver, reeded edge.

Catalog reference: KM 22.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Cross, W. K., The Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian Coins, 47th Ed., Toronto: Charlton International, 1993.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3026, World & Ancient Coins, featuring the RLM Collection, Part Two, the Nogales Collection and the Goetz Medals Die Archive, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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