Canada 1926 5 cents

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Heritage sale 3008, lot 20074
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
Heritage sale 3008, lot 20075
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

These two specimens were lots 20074 and 20075 in Heritage sale 3008 (New York, January 2010). Lot 20074 sold for $5750 and lot 20075 sold for $18,400. The catalog description[1] noted for the first, "Canada. George V 5 Cents 1926 Near 6, MS66 PCGS, Ex: Belzberg. Following on the heels of the rare 1925 5 Cents, only 938,162 pieces were minted in 1926, including both Near 6 and Far 6 varieties. This incredible example from the Belzberg Collection is the only MS66 that PCGS has certified, the finest graded 1926 5 Cents piece (7/09). The Belzberg Collection also contained a Specimen 65 piece. The Norweb Collection had a Specimen 66 piece but no Mint State example, and the Dominion Collection had a MS64."

For the second, the catalog[1] commented,
"Prized 1926 5 Cents Far 6. George V 5 Cents 1926 Far 6, MS65 PCGS. The two rarest George V 5 Cents pieces are the 1925 and 1926 Far 6, the former important as a date and the latter as a variety. The reported mintage for all 1926 5 Cents pieces was 938,162 coins, although the breakdown between Near 6 and Far 6 coins is unknown. Examination of combined NGC and PCGS population totals for all grades suggests that the 1926 Far 6 coins are more elusive than the 1925 5 Cents. The two grading services have certified 161 of the former and 236 of the latter. The data suggests a production of about 135,000 examples of the 1926 Far 6 coins. An amazing Gem, this 1926 Far 6 nickel is extremely rare in such high grades. PCGS has only certified three MS65 pieces, including this coin, with none finer. In all Mint State grades, the total PCGS population is only 18 coins, the lowest population of any George V 5 Cent piece. This boldly detailed Gem is highly lustrous, with satiny gray surfaces and faint champagne toning to enhance its eye appeal. The Belzberg coin was MS63 and the Dominion Collection piece was MS64. The Norweb Collection had a VF example. In our own Permanent Auction Archives, we record the Dominion and Belzberg coins as the top examples we have auctioned prior to this offering. The present opportunity is extremely important and should be met with enthusiasm. The new owner will prize this incredible piece for years to come."
The 1926 and 1925 nickels are the key dates for this type, struck 1922-36.

Recorded mintage: 938,162 (all varieties).

Specification: nickel, 21.2 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by E. B. MacKennal and W. H. J. Blakemore.

Catalog reference: KM 29.


  • 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]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3008: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2009.

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