Canada 1945 5 cents

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Stack's Bowers November 2015 sale, lot 42146
photo courtesy Stack's Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 42146 in Stack's Bowers Winter sale (Baltimore, November 2015), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "CANADA. 5 Cents, 1945. ICCS MS-66. KM-40a. The better of the two dates in this assigned grade. A splendid example with chromium glow to the luster only seen on mint state coins at this level." Canada switched from silver five cents to nickel in 1921. Wartime shortages forced the mint to drop nickel in 1942 in favor of manganese brass, which proved unsatisfactory. This nickel plated steel composition was adopted 1944-45 and again 1951-54. One 1944 five cents struck in brass is known to exist.

Recorded mintage: 18,893,216.

Specification: 4.4 g, nickel plated steel, 21.2 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-40a.


  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Todd McKenna, The November 2015 Baltimore Auction, World Coins and Paper Money, featuring the Ray Czabor Collection and selections from the Strong Museum, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2015.
  • Cross, W. K., The Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian Coins, 47th Ed., Toronto: Charlton International, 1993.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.

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