Canada 1955 5 cents

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Heritage sale 3042, lot 32637
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 32637 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $470. The catalog description[1] noted, "Elizabeth II Specimen 5 Cents 1955 SP66 PCGS. Lightly toned with significant cameo present. 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 nickel for 1946-51, then chrome plated steel 1951-54 and back to nickel for 1955-82. This date is common.

Recorded mintage: 5,355,028.

Specification: 4.5 g, nickel, 21.2 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 50a.


  • 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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