Canada 1948 5 cents

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 Collector's Choice sale, lot 70347
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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 specimen was lot 70347 in Stack's Bowers Collector's Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, May 2018), where it sold for $264. The catalog description[1] noted, "CANADA. 5 Cents, 1948. PCGS SP-65. Housed in an older green label PCGS holder. Flashy with reflective surfaces, untoned. Quite attractive." The regular 1947 comes with and without a dot by the date. The 1947 "maple leaf" indicates coins actually struck in 1948 while dies were being altered to drop "IND IMP" from the obverse legend. Canadian five cent pieces for George VI went through numerous changes from the original round, nickel style struck 1937-42 (KM 33). Issues of 1942-44 were brass, 1944-45 were chrome plated steel, then a similar type without "IND IMP" 1948-50 (shown here), then back to chrome plated steel 1951-52.

Recorded mintage: 1,810,789, common despite the low mintage.

Specification: 4.6 g, nickel, 21.2 mm diameter, plain edge.

Catalog reference: KM-42.


  • 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]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The May 2018 Collector's Choice Sale, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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