Canada 1943 5 cents

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Heritage sale 3042, lot 32628
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 32628 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $705. The catalog description[1] noted, "George VI Specimen 5 Cents 1943 SP65 PCGS. Tombac issue. With light golden toning and sparkling reflectivity. Bordering on rare in this state of preservation. From The Eric Beckman Collection of Canadian Coins." Canadian five cent pieces were struck in nickel 1922-42 then converted to "tombac" (a variety of brass) for 1942-43, then in chrome plated steel 1944-45, then back to nickel for 1946-51. Tho KM 40 is a one year type (8,000 were struck in 1944 but only one is known to survive), the enormous mintage, not surpassed until 1960, made the coin common.

Recorded mintage: 24,760,256.

Specification: tombac (brass), 21.2 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 40.


  • 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]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3042, featuring the Read and Bob Bennett Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.

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