Canada 1983 cent

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a typical circulated specimen, from the Mountain Groan Collection
Canada 1983 cent rev DSLR.jpg

This type, struck at Ottawa 1982-89, is common in all grades. The Canadian small cent was introduced at 3.24 g in 1920 and remained at that specification until it was reduced to 2.8 g in 1980. It was reduced again in 1982, to the 2.5 g shown here. It was reduced again to 2.25 g in 1997 and converted to copper plated steel. The production of cents was suspended entirely a few years ago to little outcry.

Recorded mintage: 975,510,000 plus 168,000 proofs.

Specification: 2.50 g, bronze, 19.1 mm diameter, plain edge.

Catalog reference: KM 132.


  • 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.

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