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Canadian Five Cent Coins

Calgary Coin offers an extensive selection of Canadian coins including many 5 cent for sale both on the internet and in our store here in Calgary. I usually have most dates available in a variety of grades and prices for collectors at all levels from beginner to advanced. I price from the Canadian Coin News trend sheet, offering many coins well below the values listed there.

I do not provide images of the exact coin to be shipped as with an inventory or thousands of coins, and in some case multiple examines of the same coin, imaging even a tiny percent of them would be impossible. I grade conservatively and describe any significant defects, including minor ones many dealers would not mention. If you ever receive a coin from me you are not satisfied with, please feel free to return it for a full refund.

For those new to coin collecting and unfamiliar with the grading terms preceding each price which describe the quality of that coin, my Canadian Coin Introduction Page provides information on what those descriptions mean.


PRICES ARE IN CANADIAN DOLLARS

SILVER FIVE CENTS

Because of their very small size and silver color, these silver five cent coins are sometimes referred to as "FISH SCALES".

QUEEN VICTORIA
1837 TO 1901

PROVINCE OF CANADA

In 1858, 5 cent coins were struck with the Victorian young head design. While identical in design to those later coins issued under the Dominion of Canada starting in 1870, these 1858 coins were issued for the British territory then known as the Province of Canada. The design was by Leonard C. Wyon. These were of an alloy containing 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper, to a standard of 1.16 grams and with a 15.5 mm diameter. The die axis was 180 degrees, which is called coinage alignment.

The 1858 5 cent coins come with large and small date varieties, with the large date being much rarer than the small date.


1858 canada 5 cent
(image of type only)

1858 5 CENT

1858 is found with large and small dates. When you have them side by side they are distinctively large and small.

  1. 1858 small date ........................ VF-20   SOLD
     
  2. 1858 large date ..................... ICCS G-4   SOLD
     
  3. 1858 small date ....... ICCS reeded edge SP-55  $375.00

DOMINION OF CANADA


1870 canada 5 cent
(image of type only)

Unlike the other denominations except for the 10 cent, the Wyon young head design continued in use after Confederation right up to 1901. The standards remain as the 1858 issue at 1.16 grams, 15.5 mm and coinage axis. Coins without mint mark were struck at the British Royal mint in London England while those with the H mint mark were struck at the Heaton mint in Birmingham England.

1870 5 CENT

1870 5 cents come with two border types. Flat border (FB) which is sometimes called wide border. Raised border (RB) which is sometimes called the narrow border. There is no significant difference in rarity or value between the two but as the difference is distinctive, many collectors collect both. All dates after 1870 have the raised (narrow) border.

  1. 1870 flat border .................. G-4/FAIR-2   SOLD
  2. 1870 raised border ..................... XF-40  $100.00

1871 5 CENT

  1. 1871 ..................................... G-6   SOLD

1872 H 5 CENT

  1. 1872 H ................. light scratches VF-20   SOLD

In 1874, there are two varieties of 5 cent coins. The first is known as the "crosslet 4" which has a small vertical bar at the very back of the four, and a slightly larger date (some references call this the "large date" variety). The second variety is the "plain 4" which lacks that small upright at the back of the four, and has a slightly smaller date (and some references call the small date variety). The plain 4 is very slightly scarcer than the crosslet 4, but the difference is minor and there is no significant difference in the values.

1874 H 5 CENT

  1. 1874 H plain 4 ...................... VG-8/G-4   SOLD
     
  2. 1874 H crosslet 4 ........... trace rough F-15   SOLD

1875 H 5 CENT

  1. 1875 H small date ....................... aG-3   SOLD
     
  2. 1875 H large date .............. marks G-6/G-4   SOLD

1880 5 CENT

  1. 1880 H .......... mark on leaf ......... VF-30   SOLD

1881 H 5 CENT

  1. 1881 H .................................. F-12   SOLD

1882 H 5 CENT

  1. 1882 H ....................... dark toned F-15   SOLD

1883 H 5 CENT

  1. 1883 H ................................. VF-20  $110.00
  2. 1883 H ................................. VF-30  $170.00

1884 5 CENT

1874 5 cents are found in what are known as near and far 4 varieties which can be difficult to tell a part as the spacing difference is very minor. A second diagnostic is the shape of the four where the near 4 has a slightly squared off front tip and a slightly wedge shaped upright at the back of the 4, which the far 4 is more pointed at the front and the upright at the back of the 4 is closer to rectangular than wedge shaped. On both types the first 8 is weak, especially at the top.

  1. 1884 near 4 ....... slightly soft reverse F-12  $200.00
  2. 1884 near 4 ........................ ICCS F-15  $345.00
  3. 1884 near 4 ....................... ICCS VF-20  $450.00
     
  4. 1884 far 4 ........................ ICCS VG-10  $195.00

In 1885 and 1886, there are varieties with large and small last digits in the date, plus in 1885 there is a scarcer variety with the small 5 punched over a large 5.

1885 CENT

  1. 1885 large 5 ........................... VF-20   $72.50
     
  2. 1885 large 5/5 ..................... ICCS F-15   $90.00
     
  3. 1885 small 5 ............................ F-15   SOLD
     
  4. 1885 small 5/5 ..................... mark VG-8   $60.00
  5. 1885 small 5/5 ..................... ICCS F-15  $350.00

1886 5 CENT

  1. 1886 small 6 ...................... ICCS VF-20   $40.00
     
  2. 1886 large 6 ............................ F-15   $36.00

1887 5 CENT

  1. 1887 ............................... ICCS F-15   $65.00
  2. 1887 ................................... VF-20   $80.00

1888 5 CENT

  1. 1888 .................................... F-15   $24.00
  2. 1888 ......................... scratches VF-20   $20.00
  3. 1888 .............................. ICCS VF-20   $33.50
  4. 1888 .............................. ICCS VF-30   $48.50

1889 5 CENT

  1. 1889 .................................... F-15   $75.00
  2. 1889 ................................... XF-40  $215.00
  3. 1889 ................................... XF-45  $285.00

1890 H 5 CENT

  1. 1890 H .................................. F-12   $16.00
  2. 1890 H ......................... cleaned AU-50   $92.50

1891 5 CENT

On worn specimens for obverse 2 Victoria's upper lip is longer than the lower and her eyeball is flat. For obverse 5 the upper lip is shorted and the eyeball is rounded.

  1. 1891 obverse 2 ......................... VF-20   $20.00
     
  2. 1891 obverse 5 ......................... VF-20   $20.00
  3. 1891 obverse 5 ................... toned VF-20   $20.00

1892 5 CENT

Some older references list 1892 with both obverse 2 and 5 but more recent research suggests only obverse 2 exists and any offered as obverse 5 are probably miss-identified obverse 2 examples.

  1. 1892 obverse 2 ......................... XF-45  $120.00

1893 5 CENT

  1. 1893 .................................... F-15   $15.00
  2. 1893 ................................... VF-20   $20.00
  3. 1893 ................................... VF-30   $31.50
  4. 1893 ............................. toned VF-30   $31.50
  5. 1893 ......................... dark spot XF-40   $36.00

1894 5 CENT

  1. 1894 .............................. ICCS VF-20  $ 80.00

1896 5 CENT

  1. 1896 ......................... dark toned F-15   $15.00
  2. 1896 .................................... F-15   $15.00
  3. 1896 ............................... ICCS F-15   $15.00
  4. 1896 ................... light scratches VF-20   $12.00
  5. 1896 ............................. rough VF-30   $12.00
  6. 1896 .............................. ICCS VF-30   $32.50
  7. 1896 ................................... XF-40   $44.50

1897 5 CENT

Four varieties exist for 1997:

1) narrow 8 - most common.
2) Wide 8.
3) narrow 8 over wide 8.
4) 7 over 7 with a standard narrow 8 - scarcest type.

I have noticed recently that ICCS sometimes refers to the narrow 8 as the slender 8.

  1. 1897 narrow 8 ........ cleaned, dark spot F-12   SOLD
     
  2. 1897 wide 8 ...... minor scratches toned XF-40   $24.00

1898 5 CENT

  1. 1898 .................................... F-15   $39.50
  2. 1898 ......................... edge bump VF-20   $40.00
  3. 1898 .............................. ICCS VF-20   $52.50
  4. 1898 ................................... VF-30   $85.00
  5. 1898 ............... trace obverse marks AU-50  $155.00

1899 5 CENT

I have noted a variety in 1899 with a small 2nd 9, which I have not seen listed in any standard references.

  1. 1899 .............................. toned F-12   $ 9.50
  2. 1899 .................................... F-12   $ 9.50
  3. 1899 .................................... F-15   $12.50
  4. 1899 ................... faint scratches VF-20   $10.00
  5. 1899 ........................... cleaned VF-20   $10.00
  6. 1899 ................................... VF-20   $16.00
  7. 1899 ............................. toned VF-20   $16.00
  8. 1899 ........................... cleaned VF-30   $12.00
  9. 1899 .............................. ICCS VF-30   $24.00
  10. 1899 ............................. toned VF-30   $24.00
  11. 1899 ................................... XF-40   $32.00
  12. 1899 ................................... XF-45   $52.50
  13. 1899 ..................... faint scratch AU-50   $60.00

1900 5 CENT

The 1900 5 cent exists with either large (round) and small (oval) 0's in the date, with the large 0's the rarer of the two.

  1. 1900 oval 0's .......................... XF-40   $32.00
  2. 1900 oval 0's .......................... XF-45   $55.00
     
  3. 1900 round 0's .............. light marks F-15   $56.50
  4. 1900 round 0's .......................... F-15   $65.00
  5. 1900 round 0's .............. edge nicks VF-20   $52.50
  6. 1900 round 0's ......................... VF-20   $80.00
  7. 1900 round 0's .................... ICCS VF-20   $80.00
  8. 1900 round 0's ......................... VF-30  $125.00
  9. 1900 round 0's ................... marks XF-40  $120.00

1901 5 CENT

  1. 1901 ............................. toned VF-20   $16.00
  2. 1901 ............................. toned VF-30   $24.00
  3. 1901 ................................... VF-30   $24.00
  4. 1901 .............................. ICCS VF-30   $24.50
  5. 1901 ................................... XF-40   $32.00
  6. 1901 .............................. ICCS XF-40   $33.50
  7. 1901 ........................ toned ICCS XF-45   $52.50
  8. 1901 .............................. ICCS AU-50   $72.50
  9. 1901 ................................... AU-50   $72.50
  10. 1901 ................................... AU-55  $115.00
  11. 1901 .............................. PCGS MS-60  $160.00


EDWARD VII
1902 TO 1910

The Edward VII five cent design is by George W. DeSaulles, with the portrait of Edward VII on the obverse. The reverse is similar to the Victorian type except that the word "CANADA" was moved from below the monarch head on the obverse to just above the date on the reverse.

The standards remain the same as the Victorian coins: with a weight of 1.16 grams; a diameter of 15.5 mm, and struck from 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper. From 1902 to 1907 they this have a "coinage" 180 degree die axis, and are without a mint mark if struck at the British Royal mint in London England, or have an "H" mint mark for those struck at the Heaton mint in Birmingham England. Starting in 1908, all of the coins were struck without a mint marks but this now designates the new Royal Canadian mint in Ottawa. Also in 1908, the die axis changed to "medal axis" or 0 degrees (normally used for war medals).

Edward VII coins are very difficult to grade because they are often weakly struck, and different dates wear slightly differently. Like most Canadian coins most of the grade is assigned from the portrait side and those details predominate in the grade, but on these one must look at details on the leaves on the reverse to sometimes differentiate between a worn obverse and a weak struck obverse. However, a coin that has XF wear but a VF portrait due to weak strike, should only be graded and priced as a VF-30 and not XF-40.


1903 canada 5 cent
(image of type only)

1902 5 CENT

Many but not all 1902 5 cents were struck with a concave reverse die, so that the portrait bows out very slightly. These coins tend to wear more quickly on the King's ear and one can find examples with the top of the ear worn through, but with VF-20 details in all other respects, however as will not grade one of these VF-20 without seeing a full ear, I prefer to grade those examples as F-15. For those who are type only collectors, 1902 is the least expensive date of George V 5 cent to find in high quality.

  1. 1902 ..................................... G-4   $ 2.00
  2. 1902 ...................... mottled tone VF-30   $ 6.50
  3. 1902 ................................... VF-30   $ 7.25
  4. 1902 ............................. toned VF-30   $ 7.25
  5. 1902 .............................. ICCS MS-62   $48.00
  6. 1902 .............................. ICCS MS-64   $95.00

1902 H 5 CENT

For 1902 there is a common small "H", a slightly scarcer large H and occasionally one sees coins with a large H over small H.

  1. 1902 small H ............................. G-6   SOLD
     
  2. 1902 large H ...................... ICCS AU-50   $24.00
  3. 1902 large H ...................... ICCS AU-55   $36.50
  4. 1902 large H ...................... ICCS MS-64  $140.00
     
  5. 1902 large H/small H ................... XF-40   SOLD

Prior to 1903 Edwardian 5 cent coins had a St. Edward's crown at the top of the reverse, with 21 leaves in the wreath. That design is retained for the Heaton (H) mint coins right up to 1907 but starting in 1903 coins struck at the Royal Mint in London (which do not have the H) have W. H. J. Blakemore's design slightly modified with the Imperial state crown and 22 leaves in the wreath.

1903 5 CENT

  1. 1903 .................................... F-12   $ 9.75
  2. 1903 .............................. marks F-15   $12.00
  3. 1903 ........................ dark spots VF-20   $17.50
  4. 1903 ................................... VF-20   $20.00

1903 H 5 CENT

For 1903 there are small and large H examples with the large H scarcer. There are also some with the small H slightly re-cut to look sightly doubled.

  1. 1903 small H ...................... ICCS XF-45   $40.00
     
  2. 1903 large H ...................... toned F-15   $40.00
  3. 1903 large H ............................ F-15   $40.00
  4. 1903 large H ...................... ICCS VF-20   $52.50
  5. 1903 large H ................... cleaned VF-30   $40.00
  6. 1903 large H ...................... ICCS VF-30   $72.50
  7. 1903 large H ........................... VF-30   $72.50
  8. 1903 large H ...................... ICCS AU-50  $150.00
     
  9. 1903 small H re cut .................... VF-30   SOLD

1904 5 CENT

  1. 1904 ........................... scratch VF-20   $ 7.25
  2. 1904 ................................... XF-40   $28.00
  3. 1904 ................ very slightly bent XF-45   $16.00

1905 5 CENT

  1. 1905 .................................... F-15   $ 6.50
  2. 1905 .............................. ICCS VF-30   $15.00
  3. 1905 ................................... VF-30   $15.00

1906 5 CENT

  1. 1906 ............................. toned VF-30   $10.50
  2. 1906 ................................... XF-45   $28.00

1907 5 CENT

  1. 1907 ..................................... G-4   $ 2.00
  2. 1907 ..................................... G-6   $ 2.25
  3. 1907 .............................. toned F-15   $ 4.50
  4. 1907 ............................. toned VF-20   $ 5.50
  5. 1907 ................................... VF-20   $ 5.50
  6. 1907 ................................... VF-30   $ 8.50
  7. 1907 ............................. toned VF-30   $ 8.50
  8. 1907 ..................... spotty toning XF-40   $10.00
  9. 1907 ................................... XF-40   $12.00
  10. 1907 .............................. ICCS AU-58   $67.50
  11. 1907 .............................. ICCS MS-62  $110.00

The Royal Canadian Mint opened in Ottawa in 1908 at which point nearly all Canadian coins were minted in Canada. The designs remained the same but the die axis changes from "coinage" to "medal" on all denominations except for the 1 cent which were always medal axis. Coinage axis means if you place your fingers above and below the portrait then spin the coin side to side, the reverse comes out upside down. Medal axis means it stays right side up.

1908 5 CENT

1908 5 cent coins come with either a small or large 8, also called small and large date although only the 8 is different. It can be difficult to tell these a part by looking at the 8 but if you look at the small cross at the top of the small crown on the reverse, small 8 example have a somewhat sharper cross while large 8 examples have a bow tie type cross that is badly engraved Maltese cross and does not really look much like a cross. Large 8 examples are scarcer of the two types.

  1. 1908 small date ................... ICCS VF-30   $40.00
  2. 1908 small date ........................ VF-30   $40.00
  3. 1908 small date ........................ XF-40   $52.50
     
  4. 1908 large date ................... ICCS XF-40  $220.00

In 1909 and 1910 two different leaf shapes occur on the reverse wreath, with some having slightly rounded tips similar to maple leaves and others have more pointed tips similar to holly leaves. They can be slightly difficult to tell a part. Some references refer to them as pointed leaf (PL) and round leaf (RL) and other maple leaf (ML) and holly leaf (HL).

1909 5 CENT

For 1909 on the point leaves type the small crown at the top of the reverse has what is known as a cross over bow tie type cross at the top, while on the round leaves that small crown has only the bow tie at the top. There is a very rare variety where the pointed leaves type has only the bow tie.

  1. 1909 pointed leaves ............... ICCS XF-45   SOLD
     
  2. 1909 rounded leaves ..................... VG-8   SOLD

1910 5 CENT

In 1910 all pointed leaves examples have a cross over bow tie on the small crown at the top of the reverse. All round leaves examples have only the bow tie.
  1. 1910 pointed leaves ...................... G-6   $ 2.50
  2. 1910 pointed leaves ..................... VG-8   $ 3.00
  3. 1910 pointed leaves ..................... F-12   $ 4.00
  4. 1910 pointed leaves ..................... F-15   $ 5.00
  5. 1910 pointed leaves ............... toned F-15   $ 5.00
  6. 1910 pointed leaves .............. toned VF-20   $ 5.50
  7. 1910 pointed leaves .................... VF-20   $ 5.50
  8. 1910 pointed leaves . cleaning scratches XF-40   $ 6.50
  9. 1910 pointed leaves .............. toned XF-40   $11.50
  10. 1910 pointed leaves .............. toned XF-45   $17.50
  11. 1910 pointed leaves .............. toned XF-45   $17.50
     
  12. 1910 rounded leaves ..... scratches ICCS VF-20   $32.00
  13. 1910 rounded leaves .................... VF-20   $44.50
  14. 1910 rounded leaves ............... ICCS VF-20   $45.00
  15. 1910 rounded leaves ............... ICCS VF-30   $75.00
  16. 1910 rounded leaves ............... ICCS AU-50  $225.00


GEORGE V
1911 to 1936

The 1903 reverse design by W. H. J. Blakemore was retained, along with the standards of a 1.16 grams, 15.5 mm, and an alloy of from 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper until 1919 when the alloy was reduced to 80% silver and 20% copper.


1911 canada 5 cent
(image of type only)

1911 5 CENT

George V coins were introduced in 1911 with "DEI GRATIA", Latin for "God' Grace", omitted from the obverse inscription. Known as the "GODLESS COINS" there was a public out rage and in 1912 "DEI GRATIA" returned to Canadian coins.

  1. 1911 Godless ............................ VG-8   $ 2.50

1912 canada 5 cent
(image of type only)

1912 5 CENT

  1. 1912 ..................................... G-6   $ 2.50
  2. 1912 .................................... F-15   $ 5.00
  3. 1912 ................................... VF-30   $ 7.75
  4. 1912 ................................... AU-50   $28.00

1913 5 CENT

  1. 1913 ..................................... G-6   $ 2.50
  2. 1913 .................................... VG-8   $ 3.00
  3. 1913 ............................. toned VF-30   $ 6.50
  4. 1913 ....................... dark toning XF-40   $10.00
  5. 1913 ............ light scratches, toned AU-50   $12.50
  6. 1913 ................................... AU-50   $16.00

1914 5 CENT

  1. 1914 .............................. marks VG-8   $ 2.50
  2. 1914 .................................... VG-8   $ 3.00
  3. 1914 .............................. toned F-15   $ 5.00
  4. 1914 ......................... dark spot VF-20   $ 5.00
  5. 1914 ........................ dark toned VF-30   $ 7.75
  6. 1914 ................................... VF-30   $ 7.75
  7. 1914 ............................. toned XF-40   $10.00
  8. 1914 ........................ tiny marks AU-50   $24.00
  9. 1914 ................................... AU-50   $28.00

1915 5 CENT

  1. 1915 .............................. ICCS VF-20   $33.00
  2. 1915 ................................... VF-30   $48.00

1916 5 CENT

  1. 1916 .................................... F-12   $ 6.50
  2. 1916 .................................... F-15   $ 9.00
  3. 1916 ........................ dark toned VF-20   $12.00
  4. 1916 ................................... VF-20   $12.00
  5. 1916 ................................... VF-30   $17.50
  6. 1916 ............................. toned XF-40   $24.00
  7. 1916 ................................... XF-45   $42.00
  8. 1916 ................................... AU-50   $60.00

1917 5 CENT

  1. 1917 ..................................... G-6   $ 2.00
  2. 1917 .................................... VG-8   $ 2.50
  3. 1917 .................................... F-15   $ 4.25
  4. 1917 ................................... VF-30   $ 6.00

1918 5 CENT

  1. 1918 .............................. toned VG-8   $ 2.50
  2. 1918 .................................... VG-8   $ 2.50
  3. 1918 ................................... VG-10   $ 3.00
  4. 1918 .................................... F-15   $ 4.25
  5. 1918 ................................... VF-30   $ 5.50
  6. 1918 .............................. ICCS AU-50   $16.00
  7. 1918 .............................. ICCS AU-55   $26.00
  8. 1918 .............................. ICCS MS-62   $52.50
  9. 1918 ................. light toning ICCS MS-64  $150.00

1919 5 CENT

  1. 1919 ..................................... G-6   $ 2.00
  2. 1919 .................................... VG-8   $ 2.50
  3. 1919 .............................. toned VG-8   $ 2.50
  4. 1919 ................................... VG-10   $ 3.00
  5. 1919 .................................... F-12   $ 3.50
  6. 1919 .................................... F-15   $ 4.25
  7. 1919 ................................... VF-20   $ 5.00
  8. 1919 ................................... VF-30   $ 5.50
  9. 1919 ........................ dark toned VF-30   $ 5.50
  10. 1919 ................................... XF-40   $ 7.50
  11. 1919 ........................ dark spots XF-40   $ 6.50
  12. 1919 ............................. toned XF-40   $ 7.50
  13. 1919 ........................ dark toned XF-40   $ 7.50
  14. 1919 .............................. ICCS MS-64  $150.00

During 1920 and 1921 5 cent silver coins of George 5th remain the same design, weight and diameter as earlier coins but the alloy was reduced to 80% silver and 20% copper.

1920 5 CENT

  1. 1920 ..................................... G-6   $ 2.00
  2. 1920 .................................... VG-8   $ 2.50
  3. 1920 ................................... VG-10   $ 3.00
  4. 1920 .................................... F-12   $ 3.50
  5. 1920 .................................... F-15   $ 4.25
  6. 1920 ................................... VF-20   $ 5.00
  7. 1920 .............................. ICCS AU-55   $24.00

1921 canada 5 cent
Image of the exact specimen offered below.

1921 5 CENT

Many 1921 5 cents were struck but most were melted following the decision stop striking 5 cent silver coins in favour of 5 cent nickel coins. This made the 1921 5 cent scarce to rare but estimates of how many exist vary considerably. The number has to be greater than 500 as nearly that many have been certified by the various certification companies but based on how often I encounter them I believe there is more than 1000 of them, and it might be as high as 3000. I AM ALWAYS LOOKING TO PURCHASE EXAMPLES OF THIS DATE.

  1. 1921 . full diamond ... light scratch on cheek, VF-30 $7950.00

1998 5 CENT SILVER

To commemorate the Royal Canadian Mint's 90th anniversary sets of coins including a 5 cent silver were struck with the sizes, alloys, and general reverse designs of the 1908 coins, but Queen Elizabeth's portrait and the date shown as "1908 - 1998". The early sets have an antiqued matte-proof finish that proved unpopular so later sets were issued with a mirror-proof finish.

  1. 1908-1998 ........................ MATTE-PROOF   SOLD
     
  2. 1908-1998 ....................... MIRROR-PROOF   SOLD


FIVE CENT NICKELS

GEORGE V (continued)

1922 saw a dramatic change in the Canadian 5 cent coins. Today we call these coins nickels because they were made of nickel. The weight was increased to 4.54 grams (100 to the pound which was not a coincidence) with a diameter to 21.21 mm. The pre-1922 obverse design by Sir E. B. Mackennal is retained, but there is a new reverse design, by W. H. J. Blakemore.

The Royal Canadian Mint was not set up for striking nickel, a much harder alloy than silver or bronze. If you examine many of these coins in high grades you will find the strikes are not consistent. This results from the mint sourcing their nickel from the International Nickel Company (INCO) which used a furnace based refining method producing nickel that varied between 88 and 92% pure, varying even within one batch. Two nickels struck from same nickel sheet could have slightly different purity with purer the alloy the softer it was. Nickels struck on 92% pure blanks strike better and might have all 8 pearls on the crown band, while those at the harder 88% nickel might only show 6 or even only 4 pearls. This means the usual rule that George V coin cannot be XF or better without all 8 pearls visible does not apply to these nickels and other features must be examined to determine the amount of wear on the coins, such as wear on the leaves on the reverse and the amount of lustre present. For examples grading XF or better I will state how many of the pearls are visible. Price guides only assume average 6 bead strikes, so I charge a premium for 8 pearl examples with the amount of premium related to the strength of the pearls in front of the center diamond.

This information came out on March 2, 2014 at an Edmonton coin show reception where I heard Mark Bink (an metallurgist who studies these alloys) comment that 1961 was the year the beaver got it's whiskers back. I asked him what that meant and he explained to me the inconsistent nature of the alloys and how in 1961 the mint changed to Sherritt nickel which is chemically refined and is 100% pure nickel, which is softer and strikes better, but also more subject to bag marking. A discussion followed where I brought up the erratic striking characteristics of the coins, and we suddenly realized how the two were directly related.

Nickels saw extensive use in parking meters and vending machines which caused scratches, commonly known as "meter marks". Such scratches are to be expected on nickels grading VG or lower, but we will note them if they are heavy. On coins grading Fine or higher we will note any such scratches, no matter how light, and discount the prices accordingly. When I list a coin Fine or higher and do not note such marks, you should receive a coin free of such marks.

Canada 5 cent 1931
George V 1922 to 1936, type only
(image of type only)

1922 5 CENT

There are two varieties of the 1922 5 cent described as a difference in the spacing between the S of CENTS and the rim of the coin. This is confusing and leads to many miss-identifications as there is no actual difference of the position of the S, but rather a difference in the way the rim is formed. Most examples (near S) have slightly concave fields where the metal between the S and rim rounds up slightly with no distinct edge to the rim. The scarcer type (far S) has flat fields so that metal meets the rim at a right angle forming a distinct rim edge. Without a distinct rim edge the concave field examples given an illustion of less space between the S and the rim but if you measure it there is no difference. The true variety is concave vs flat fields but as near and far S are how most major reference designate them, I use those designations here.

  1. 1922 near rim ........................... VG-8   $ 0.50
  2. 1922 near rim .......................... VG-10   $ 0.75
  3. 1922 near rim ........................... F-12   $ 1.00
  4. 1922 near rim ..... 6 bead ........ ICCS AU-50   $28.50
     
  5. 1922 FAR RIM ...... 7 bead ............. MS-60   SOLD

1923 5 CENT

  1. 1923 .................................... VG-8   $ 0.50
  2. 1923 ................................... VG-10   $ 1.00
  3. 1923 .................................... F-15   $ 4.00
  4. 1923 ..... 6 bead ................. ICCS AU-50   $56.50
  5. 1923 ..... 7 bead ................. ICCS AU-50   $58.50

1924 5 CENT

  1. 1924 .................................... VG-8   $ 0.50
  2. 1924 ................................... VG-10   $ 1.00
  3. 1924 .................................... F-12   $ 1.50
  4. 1924 .................................... F-15   $ 3.00
  5. 1924 ..... 6 bead ...................... AU-50   $38.00

1925 5 CENT

  1. 1925 .................................... VG-8   $70.00
  2. 1925 ........................... scratch VG-10   $65.00
  3. 1925 ....................... light marks VG-10   $65.00
  4. 1925 .............................. ICCS VG-10   $80.00
  5. 1925 ................................... VG-10   $80.00
  6. 1925 ............................... ICCS F-12   $90.00
  7. 1925 .................... faint scratches F-15   $95.00
  8. 1925 ............................... ICCS F-15  $115.00
  9. 1925 .................................... F-15  $115.00
  10. 1925 .............................. ICCS VF-20  $135.00
  11. 1925 .............................. ICCS VF-30  $200.00
  12. 1925 ..... 6 bead ...................... XF-40  $295.00

The 1926 5 cent comes in two varieties with respect to the position of the 6 in the date. On the variety known as the near 6, the six is rotated slightly so that the tip of the 6 is closer to the maple leaf, and the bottom is farther from the rim. Likewise, on the far 6 variety the tip of the 6 is slightly farther from the maple leaf, and the bottom is slightly closer to the rim of the coin. It is important to look at the spacing from the rim, as well as from the maple leaf, because some people have tried to turn a near six into a far six by shaving down the tip, but they cannot add metal to make the bottom nearer to the rim.

1926 near 61926 far 6
1926 NEAR 61926 FAR 6

1926 near 6 5 CENT

  1. 1926 near 6 ..................... scratch VG-8   $ 4.00
  2. 1926 near 6 .................... rim bump VG-8   $ 3.75
  3. 1926 near 6 ..................... scratch VG-8   $ 4.00
  4. 1926 near 6 ............................. VG-8   $ 4.50
  5. 1926 near 6 ............ heavy scratches VG-10   $ 4.00
  6. 1926 near 6 .................. scratches VG-10   $ 4.50
  7. 1926 near 6 ............................ VG-10   $ 5.50
  8. 1926 near 6 .............. slightly rough F-12   $ 4.00
  9. 1926 near 6 ................... scratches F-12   $ 5.50
  10. 1926 near 6 ....................... marks F-12   $ 5.00
  11. 1926 near 6 ............................. F-12   $ 7.25
  12. 1926 near 6 ............. corrosion spots F-15   $ 4.00
  13. 1926 near 6 ................... scratches F-15   $ 5.50
  14. 1926 near 6 ............... light scratch F-15   $ 6.50
  15. 1926 near 6 ............................. F-15   $13.50
  16. 1926 near 6 ............................. F-15   $13.50
  17. 1926 near 6 .............. light scratch VF-30   $20.00
  18. 1926 near 6 ............................ VF-30   $40.00
  19. 1926 near 6 ........ 6 bead ....... ICCS XF-45  $140.00

1926 far 6 5 CENT

  1. 1926 far 6 .............................. VG-8  $145.00
  2. 1926 far 6 ........................ ICCS VG-10  $155.00
  3. 1926 far 6 ........................ ICCS VG-10  $155.00

1927 5 CENT

  1. 1927 .................................... VG-8   $ 0.50
  2. 1927 ................................... VG-10   $ 0.75
  3. 1927 .................................... F-12   $ 1.00
  4. 1927 ...................... minor scratch F-15   $ 1.00
  5. 1927 .................................... F-15   $ 2.00
  6. 1927 ..... 7 bead ................. ICCS MS-62  $110.00

1928 5 CENT

  1. 1928 .................................... VG-8   $ 0.50
  2. 1928 ................................... VG-10   $ 0.75
  3. 1928 .................................... F-12   $ 1.00
  4. 1928 .................................... F-15   $ 2.00
  5. 1928 ....... 6 beads .............. ICCS XF-45   $23.50
  6. 1928 ....... 6 beads .............. ICCS AU-50   $32.50
  7. 1928 ....... 6 beads ................... AU-55   $55.00
  8. 1928 ....... 7 beads grade is OK ... ICG AU-58   $57.50

In 1929, 1932, 1934 and 1936 references designate NEAR and FAR rim types referring to the gap between the S of CENTS and the rims as we see on the 1922 nickel, however while 1922's have a significant gap difference, there is little difference on the other dates making things very confusing. The actual difference is flat and concave fields where on flat field examples the fields meet the rim at a sharp angle, while for concave fields there is a slight rounding. As there is no difference in value or rarity for these dates, I do not sort them out.

The one question mark is on the 1932 where there may be a near and far 2 variety related to these fields, but no one seems to agree on these. The Charlton standard catalogue does not list a far 2 variety with a different value, while the Canadian Coin news trend sheet lists one with a major difference in price. Recently I have heard of a few that people felt where the far 2 sending them for certification, but could not find a certification company willing to do so and without that they are not very salable.

1929 5 CENT

  1. 1929 .................................... VG-8   $ 0.50
  2. 1929 ................................... VG-10   $ 0.75
  3. 1929 ...................... faint scratch F-12   $ 0.75
  4. 1929 .................................... F-12   $ 1.00
  5. 1929 .................... light scratches F-15   $ 1.00
  6. 1929 .................................... F-15   $ 2.50

1930 5 CENT

  1. 1930 .................................... VG-8   $ 0.50
  2. 1930 ................................... VG-10   $ 1.00
  3. 1930 .................................... F-12   $ 1.50
  4. 1930 ......................... light mark F-15   $ 1.50
  5. 1930 .................................... F-15   $ 3.00
  6. 1930 ................................... VF-20   $ 5.00
  7. 1930 ................................... VF-30   $ 8.00
  8. 1930 ....................... light toned VF-30   $ 8.00

1931 5 CENT

  1. 1931 .................................... VG-8   $ 0.50
  2. 1931 ................................... VG-10   $ 1.00
  3. 1931 .................................... F-12   $ 1.50
  4. 1931 .................................... F-15   $ 3.00
  5. 1931 ................................... VF-20   $ 5.00

1932 5 CENT

  1. 1932 ................................... VG-10   $ 1.00
  2. 1932 .................................... F-12   $ 1.50
  3. 1932 .................... trace scratches F-15   $ 1.00
  4. 1932 ............................... rubs F-15   $ 1.50
  5. 1932 .................................... F-15   $ 3.00
  6. 1932 ....................... light marks VF-20   $ 4.00
  7. 1932 ........................... scratch VF-20   $ 4.00
  8. 1932 ..................... faint scratch VF-20   $ 4.75
  9. 1932 ................................... VF-20   $ 5.00
  10. 1932 ....................... light marks VF-30   $ 5.00
  11. 1932 ......................... edge bump VF-30   $ 8.00
  12. 1932 ..................... light scratch VF-30   $ 8.90

1933 5 CENT

  1. 1933 ................................... VG-10   $ 1.00
  2. 1933 .................................... F-12   $ 2.50
  3. 1933 .................................... F-15   $ 5.00

1934 5 CENT

  1. 1934 .................................... F-12   $ 1.50
  2. 1934 .................................... F-15   $ 3.00
  3. 1934 ..................... minor scratch VF-20   $ 2.50
  4. 1934 ................... faint scratches VF-20   $ 3.00
  5. 1934 ................................... VF-20   $ 5.00
  6. 1934 ......................... scratches VF-30   $ 5.00
  7. 1934 ................................... VF-30   $ 8.00
  8. 1934 ....... 7 beads .............. ICCS XF-45   $35.00

1935 5 CENT

  1. 1935 ...................... light scratch F-12   $ 1.00
  2. 1935 .................................... F-12   $ 1.50
  3. 1935 .................... faint scratches F-15   $ 1.25
  4. 1935 .................................... F-15   $ 3.00
  5. 1935 ................................... VF-20   $ 5.00
  6. 1935 ................................... VF-30   $ 8.00
  7. 1935 ....... 7 beads .............. ICCS AU-50   $50.00

1936 5 CENT

  1. 1936 .................................... VG-8   $ 0.50
  2. 1936 ................................... VG-10   $ 0.75
  3. 1936 .................................... F-12   $ 1.00
  4. 1936 .................................... F-15   $ 2.00
  5. 1936 ................... light scratches VF-20   $ 2.00
  6. 1936 ................................... VF-20   $ 3.00
  7. 1936 ..................... mark on crown VF-30   $ 4.00
  8. 1936 ................................... VF-30   $ 5.00


GEORGE VI
1937 to 1952

1937 canada 5 cent
(image of type only)

With George VI coming to the throne in 1937, an new set of designs was introduced for the reverse of all Canadian coins other than silver dollars, with the beaver chosen for the 5 cent coins. There are no rare dates in this series, although there are some rare varieties for some dates such as the 1947 dot, 1951 high relief, 1953 mules, 1964 extra water line and a few others discussed below. Only examples of fairly high quality are worth the time and expense of listing them here. Average circulated examples of most dates are available in our store in a "pick bin" very inexpensively (please do not ask me to pick them out and ship them, they are available in store only).

As these were struck from the same INCO nickel as discussed above the 1922, the same problem of inconsistent hardness remained and in mint state examples one see's a wide variation in the strength of the hair lines on the King, making these somewhat difficult to grade, plus the King's eyebrow rarely strikes up, and finding mint state examples with a fill eyebrow is very difficult (nearly impossible for some dates).

1937 5 CENT

The image above shows a 1937 with the dot after the date. All 1937 5 cent coins have this dot, which the designer felt was needed to balance the design due to lean of the 7 creating a bigger gap to the right than the left of the date.

  1. 1937 .................................... F-15   $ 1.00
  2. 1937 ................................... VF-20   $ 1.50
  3. 1937 ................................... MS-65  $240.00

1938 5 CENT

  1. 1938 ................................... VG-10   $ 0.50
  2. 1938 .................................... F-12   $ 1.00
  3. 1938 ................................... AU-55   $57.50

1939 5 CENT

  1. 1939 .................................... F-12   $ 0.50
  2. 1939 .................................... F-15   $ 1.00
  3. 1939 ....................... light marks VF-20   $ 1.50
  4. 1939 ................................... VF-20   $ 2.00
  5. 1939 ................................... VF-30   $ 4.00

1940 5 CENT

  1. 1940 ................................... VF-30   $ 2.75
  2. 1940 ................................... XF-40   $ 4.00

1941 5 CENT

  1. 1941 .................................... F-15   $ 0.75
  2. 1941 ................................... VF-20   $ 1.50
  3. 1941 ................................... VF-30   $ 3.00
  4. 1941 ....................... light marks XF-40   $ 3.00
  5. 1941 ................................... XF-40   $ 5.00

1942 5 CENT - NICKEL ALLOY

  1. 1942 nickel ............................ VF-20   $ 1.50
  2. 1942 nickel ............................ VF-30   $ 2.75
  3. 1942 nickel ............................ XF-40   $ 4.00


TOMBAC

WW II created a nickel shortage in Canada, so starting part way through 1942, and through all of 1943, Canadian 5 cent coins were struck from a brass alloy called "tombac". The designers of these coins must have realized the color would make them easy to confuse with a one cent coin, so they changed the shape from round to 12 sided. This proved not enough, so in 1942 the traditional beaver design was replaced by the "V" (for victory) design which was used until the war ended in 1945. But even with the 12 sides and the new design there was still confusion, so in 1944 the "tombac" alloy was abandoned and 5 cent coins were struck from chrome plated steel in 1944 and 1945.


1942 tombac 5 cent
(image of type only)

1942 5 CENT - TOMBAC ALLOY

  1. 1942 tombac ............................ VF-30   $ 1.75
  2. 1942 tombac ............................ XF-40   $ 2.00
  3. 1942 tombac ............................ XF-45   $ 2.50
  4. 1942 tombac ............................ AU-50   $ 3.00

The twelve sided shape was not enough to stop the confusion with one cent coins, so in 1943 the reverse design was replaced by the "V" (for victory) design which was used until the war ended in 1945.


1943 5 cent
(image of type only)

1943 5 CENT

  1. 1943 tombac ............................ XF-40   $ 1.00
  2. 1943 tombac ............................ XF-45   $ 1.50
  3. 1943 tombac ............................ MS-60   $ 4.00


Chrome-plated steel

In spite of the new reverse design the public rejected the brown tombac five cent coins as too easily confused with a one cent when not looking closely. Still being short of nickel, 1944 and 1945 5 cents were struck on steel blanks that nickel plated then chrome-plated, with the same "V" design as the 1943 tombac nickels. The chrome plating resulted in a slightly blue-silver appearance, but some examples were accidentally struck on blanks that had been nickel plated but missed the chrome plating so look like regular nickel coins and are known as "no chrome" examples although ICCS used to call these "missing chrome". Examples with only partial plating also exist.

1944 and 1945 "V" nickels are very common inexpensive unless extremely high quality. Many examples are scratched and only worth the 5 cents they can be spent for. The examples we offer below are all scratch free unless otherwise noted.


1944 v 5 cent
(image of type only)

1944 5 CENT

  1. 1944 ................................... VF-30   $ 0.75
  2. 1944 ................................... XF-40   $ 1.00
  3. 1944 ................................... XF-45   $ 1.25
  4. 1944 ................................... AU-50   $ 1.50
  5. 1944 ................................... AU-55   $ 2.25
  6. 1944 ................................... MS-60   $ 4.00
  7. 1944 ................................... MS-62   $ 5.00
  8. 1944 ................................... MS-64   $12.00
  9. 1944 .............................. ICCS MS-65   $48.50
  10. 1944 .............................. ICCS MS-66  $105.00
     
  11. 1944 no chrome ......... grade only ICCS MS-64   $40.00
  12. 1944 no chrome ......................... MS-65  $200.00

1945 5 CENT

  1. 1945 ................................... VF-20   $ 0.50
  2. 1945 ................................... VF-30   $ 0.75
  3. 1945 ................................... XF-40   $ 1.00
  4. 1945 ................................... XF-45   $ 1.25
  5. 1945 ..................... faint scratch AU-50   $ 1.00
  6. 1945 ................................... AU-50   $ 1.50
  7. 1945 ................................... MS-60   $ 3.00
  8. 1945 ................................... MS-62   $ 5.00
  9. 1945 ................................... MS-63   $ 5.50
  10. 1945 .............................. ICCS MS-64   $16.00
  11. 1945 ................................... MS-64   $16.00
  12. 1945 .............................. ICCS MS-65   $75.00
  13. 1945 ................................... MS-65   $75.00
     
  14. 1945 no chrome ..... ICCS Missing chrome MS-64   $80.00

When the war ended there was no longer a nickel shortage so 1946 saw a return to both the standard "beaver" design, and the use of a nickel alloy, but retaining the 12 side form used since the 1942 tombac.

1946 5 CENT

  1. 1946 ................................... VF-20   $ 0.75
  2. 1946 ................................... VF-30   $ 1.50
  3. 1946 ...................... light marks, XF-40   $ 1.75
  4. 1946 ................................... XF-40   $ 3.00
  5. 1946 ................................... XF-45   $ 5.00
  6. 1946 ................................... AU-50   $ 7.50
  7. 1946 ................................... MS-60   $16.00
  8. 1946 ................................... MS-62   $24.00
  9. 1946 .............................. ICCS MS-64  $100.00

1946 6/6 5 CENT

1946 double date 5 cent

Some 1946 nickels have doubling of the 6 and are known as the 6/6 variety. There are two distinctly different types of doubling that occur. The first is a true re-punched 6/6 with a well formed with smooth outline of a second 6 both inside the lower right edge and along the upper back of the 6. These are somewhat scarce and what I consider a true 6/6 and what I feel the trend sheet price reflects. The second 6/6 type is due to die deterioration with slightly rough and irregular doubling inside the lower right and occasionally a little along the back of the 6. These weak 6/6 types are more common I price them lower than the strong 6/6. I have recently seen both types in certification holders with no distinction between them.. I recently saw one 1946 with doubling along the bottom of the 4 and 6 due, but this was more a double date related to the 1962 double date types.

  1. 1946 strong 6/6 ......... light scratches F-12   SOLD
     
  2. 1946 weak 6/6 ........................... F-15   $ 4.00
  3. 1946 weak 6/6 .......................... VF-30   $10.00
  4. 1946 weak 6/6 .......................... AU-55   $24.00
     

1946 5 CENT - ARROWHEAD

A distinct triangular mark occurs inside the 6 of some examples, and is known as the "arrowhead" variety. These were listed by Hans Zoell as P176a.

  1. 1946 arrowhead ................ scratches F-12   $ 0.75

1947 5 CENT

1947 dot 5 cent

Some 1947'S have a small dot behind the 7 which some believe was intentional to mark where the maple leaf was to be punched, but never was. There are other dots in other positions on these, suggesting the dots result from die deterioration. They are a recognized variety and widely collected.

  1. 1947 ................................... VF-20   $ 0.75
  2. 1947 ................................... VF-30   $ 1.25
  3. 1947 ................................... XF-40   $ 2.00
     
  4. 1947 dot ................................ F-12   $24.00
  5. 1947 dot ................................ F-15   $32.00
  6. 1947 dot ................ scratches ICCS VF-20   $25.00
  7. 1947 dot ................ scratches ICCS VF-30   $36.00
  8. 1947 dot . thin die crack on head ...... AU-50  $160.00

1947 MAPLE LEAF 5 CENT

When India received its independence in 1947, "IND IMP" (India's Emperor) had to be removed from all British Commonwealth coins dated after 1947. The new designs were prepared in England and did not arrive in Canada until late in 1948. While waiting for the new designs, coins dated 1947 a small maple leaf after the date, were minted in 1948.

  1. 1947 maple leaf ................... ICCS ms-64   $45.00

When the new dies with the new inscriptions were finally ready later in 1948, 5 cent pieces of that date were struck. The new design for the obverse included not just a new inscription, but the King's portrait was also slightly redesigned, with a slightly higher relief, and much bolder hair lines. Due to having been minted only later in the year, the mintage for 1948 5 cent coins was lower than for most years around that time.

1948 5 CENT

  1. 1948 .................................... F-15   $ 1.25
  2. 1948 ................................... VF-20   $ 1.50
  3. 1948 ................................... VF-30   $ 3.00

1949 5 CENT

  1. 1949 ................................... VF-20   $ 0.50
  2. 1949 ................................... VF-30   $ 1.00
  3. 1949 ................................... XF-40   $ 1.50

1950 5 CENT

  1. 1950 ................................... VF-20   $ 0.50
  2. 1950 ................................... VF-30   $ 1.00
  3. 1950 ................................... XF-40   $ 1.50
  4. 1950 .............................. ICCS MS-64   $48.00
  5. 1950 ................................... MS-64   $48.00

Because of the economic importance of nickel from the Sudbury deposits to the Canadian economy, the 200th anniversary of the Swedish chemist A. F. Cronstedt's discovery of nickel was commemorated with a special 5 cent coin showing the Sudbury nickel refinery. As they were unusual, people saved them in large numbers and today they are extremely common even in high quality, and significantly worn ones almost do not exist. Please note that all of these commemorative's are the High Relief portrait type, which is only rare on the beaver type as discussed below.

Canada 5 cent 1951
image of 1951 5 commemorative cent, type only

1951 COMMEMORATIVE 5 CENT

  1. 1951 commemorative ..................... XF-40   $ 0.50
  2. 1951 commemorative ..................... XF-45   $ 0.75
  3. 1951 commemorative ..................... AU-50   $ 1.00
  4. 1951 commemorative ................ ICCS MS-63   $ 8.00
  5. 1951 commemorative ..................... MS-63   $ 8.00
  6. 1951 commemorative ................ ICCS MS-64   $20.00
  7. 1951 commemorative ..................... MS-64   $20.00
  8. 1951 commemorative ................ ICCS MS-65  $120.00

The Korean war created a nickel shortage so again chrome-plated steel blanks with the standard beaver design were struck. The high-relief obverse introduced in 1948 proved difficult to strike on steel blanks so after a few had been struck the mint brought back the pre-1948 low relief portrait, with which most 1951 beaver nickels, and all 1952 nickels were struck.

As with all of the chrome plated steel nickels struck in 1951, 1952, 1953 and 1954, the chrome plating scratched easily and it is fairly difficult to find examples below a grade of VF-30 which do not have some light scratches on them.



1951 nickel varieties

1951 BEAVER 5 CENT

The 1951 beaver type nickel comes in two varieties, the first being the very common low relief and the second the rare high relief, as defined by the head side of the coin. They are fairly easy to tell a part because of the common low relief the final A in GRATIA behind the King's head point between two denticles (left side of the image above) and on the rare low relief it points directly at a denticle (right side of the image). These nickels are chrome plated steel, and the chrome plating scratches fairly easily, so most examples one sees will be scratched. For the common low relief all examples listed below should be scratch free. On the high relief you should expect there to be scratches but I will describe that and price them accordingly.

  1. 1951 beaver high relief lt rev scratches VF-30   SOLD
     
  2. 1951 beaver low relief ................. VF-20   $ 0.50
  3. 1951 beaver low relief ................. VF-30   $ 0.75
  4. 1951 beaver low relief ................. XF-40   $ 1.00
  5. 1951 beaver low relief ............ ICCS MS-64   $20.00
  6. 1951 beaver low relief ............ ICCS MS-65  $120.00

1952 5 CENT

  1. 1952 ................................... VF-20   $ 0.50
  2. 1952 ................................... VF-30   $ 0.75
  3. 1952 ................................... XF-40   $ 1.00
  4. 1952 ................................... XF-45   $ 1.50
  5. 1952 ................................... AU-50   $ 2.00
  6. 1952 ................................... MS-63   $ 8.00
  7. 1952 .............................. ICCS MS-64   $20.00
  8. 1952 .............................. ICCS MS-65   $80.00


ELIZABETH II
1953 to present

Young Head Series



INCO nickel was still used from 1953 until about 1961 when the mint switched to Sherritt nickel refined by a leaching process that resulted in 99.9% pure nickel. The inconsistent purity and hardness of the INCO nickel again resulted in inconsistent strikes with the sharpness of details on the laurels in Queen Elizabeth's hair very different from coin to coin, again making these difficult to grade accurately. The 1961 switch to Sherritt nickel solved that but created a new problem because the much purer Sherritt nickel was slightly softer making the coins less resisted bag marking which is why nickels from 1961 to 1967 are very difficult to find in MS-65 (even MS-64) and command higher prices in that grades than do 1950's nickels, in spite if having much higher mintages.


1960 canada 5 cent
(image of type only)


When the first coins of Elizabeth appeared in 1953, it was noticed that her shoulder appeared to be bare. This resulted from the fold of cloth on her shoulder being too weakly engraved into the dies to strike up well with only traces or none visible on most coins. These are known as the no-shoulder-strap or no-shoulder fold variety, usually abbreviated as NSS or NSF, but the best way to identify them is by "I"'s in the obverse inscription which have a distinct flare at both the top and bottom. There is also a slightly wider (than on the later type) gap between the small maples leaf's to the upper right and left and the denticles around the rim, which is why these are known as the "far leaf" variety, although the entire design is slightly smaller and the date is also further from the rim.



1953 nickle far leaf
1953 far leaf, note gap between ML's and denticles

1953 NSS FAR LEAF 5 CENT

  1. 1953 NSS far leaf ...................... XF-40   $ 1.00
  2. 1953 NSS far leaf ...................... XF-45   $ 1.50
  3. 1953 NSS far leaf ...................... AU-50   $ 2.00
  4. 1953 NSS far leaf ...................... MS-60   $ 4.00
  5. 1953 NSS far leaf ...................... MS-62   $ 5.00
  6. 1953 NSS far leaf ...................... MS-63   $ 6.50
  7. 1953 NSS far leaf ................. ICCS MS-64   $16.00
  8. 1953 NSS far leaf ...................... MS-64   $16.00
  9. 1953 NSS far leaf ................. ICCS MS-65   $56.50
  10. 1953 NSS far leaf ................. ICCS MS-66  $115.00

To correct the bare shouldered look, part way through 1953 new dies were prepared with a deeper shoulder fold that struck up better and at the same time the shape of the "I"'s in the inscription were changed to straighter without that distinct flare. These are known as the shoulder-strap (abbreviated SS) or shoulder-fold (SF) variety. On the reverse the entire design was made slightly larger resulting in a smaller gap between the maples leaf's and the denticles (they nearly touch the denticles) so this is known as the "near leaf" variety", although because the design is bigger the date is also closer to the rims.


1953 nickle near leaf
1953 near leaf ML' nearly touch denticles on the left

1951 SS NEAR LEAF 5 CENT

  1. 1953 SS near leaf ...................... VF-20   $ 0.50
  2. 1953 SS near leaf ...................... VF-30   $ 0.75
  3. 1953 SS near leaf ...................... XF-40   $ 1.00
  4. 1953 SS near leaf ...................... XF-45   $ 1.75
  5. 1953 SS near leaf ...................... AU-50   $ 2.50
  6. 1953 SS near leaf ...................... MS-60   $ 5.00
  7. 1953 SS near leaf ...................... MS-62   $ 6.50
  8. 1953 SS near leaf ................. ICCS MS-65   $55.00
  9. 1953 SS near leaf ...................... MS-65   $55.00

1953 MULE ERROR 5 CENT

Due to incorrect die pairing a small number of 1951 nickels exist as either "SS far leaf" or "NSS near leaf" varieties, commonly called the SS mule and NSS mule. S some references us SF and NSF as the designations. The NSS (NSF) mules are much rarer than the SS (SF) mules.

  1. 1953 SS Mule ............... scratch ICCS F-15  $240.00
  2. 1953 SS Mule .............. scratch ICCS VF-20  $290.00
  3. 1953 SS Mule ...................... ICCS VF-20  $325.00
  4. 1953 SS Mule ........................... VF-20  $335.00
  5. 1953 SS Mule ...... faint scratches ICCS VF-30  $385.00
  6. 1953 SS Mule ... problem free ..... ICCS VF-30  $450.00
  7. 1953 SS Mule ......... NICE SURFACES ... VF-30  $475.00
  8. 1953 SS Mule ............. small scratch XF-40  $480.00
  9. 1953 SS Mule ... problem free ..... ICCS XF-40  $525.00
  10. 1953 SS Mule ... problem free ..... ICCS XF-45  $675.00
     
  11. 1953 NSF Mule ..... minor scratches ICCS VF-30  $650.00

1954 5 CENT

  1. 1954 ................................... VF-20   $ 0.75
  2. 1954 ................................... VF-30   $ 1.00
  3. 1954 ................................... XF-40   $ 1.50
  4. 1954 ................................... XF-45   $ 2.25
  5. 1954 ................................... AU-50   $ 3.00
  6. 1954 ................................... AU-55   $ 5.00
  7. 1954 ................................... MS-60   $ 7.50
  8. 1954 ................................... MS-62   $ 8.00
  9. 1954 ................................... MS-63   $12.00
  10. 1954 .............................. ICCS MS-64   $20.00
  11. 1954 ................................... MS-65   $72.50
  12. 1954 ........................ ICCS cameo MS-65  $100.00
  13. 1954 .............................. ICCS PL-65   $45.00
     
  14. 1954 no chrome ......................... VF-20   SOLD

1955 5 CENT

  1. 1955 ................................... VF-30   $ 0.75
  2. 1955 ................................... XF-40   $ 1.00
  3. 1955 ................................... XF-45   $ 1.50
  4. 1955 ................................... AU-50   $ 2.00
  5. 1955 ................................... MS-60   $ 4.00
  6. 1955 ................................... MS-62   $ 5.00
  7. 1955 .............................. ICCS PL-66   $48.50

1956 5 CENT

  1. 1956 ................................... XF-40   $ 0.75
  2. 1956 ................................... XF-45   $ 1.00
  3. 1956 ................................... AU-50   $ 1.50
  4. 1956 ................................... AU-55   $ 2.25
  5. 1956 ................................... MS-60   $ 3.00
  6. 1956 ................................... MS-62   $ 4.00
  7. 1956 ................................... MS-63   $ 5.00
  8. 1956 ................................... MS-64   $12.00
  9. 1956 .............................. ICCS MS-65   $55.00
  10. 1956 ................................... MS-65   $55.00

1957 5 CENT

1957 bug tail 5 cent

One of the dies developed a die pit on the tip of the beavers tail, resulting in coins with a raised dot in that position resulting in a variety known as the "bug tail".

  1. 1957 ................................... XF-40   $ 0.50
  2. 1957 ................................... AU-50   $ 0.75
  3. 1957 ................................... AU-55   $ 1.00
  4. 1957 ................................... MS-60   $ 1.50
  5. 1957 ................................... MS-62   $ 2.50
  6. 1957 ................................... MS-63   $ 4.00
  7. 1957 ................................... MS-64   $12.00
  8. 1957 .............................. ICCS MS-65   $40.00
  9. 1957 .............................. ICCS PL-66   $33.50
     
  10. 1957 bug tail ................. scratches F-12   $ 1.50
  11. 1957 bug tail ........................... F-15   $ 2.50
  12. 1957 bug tail ................ scratches VF-20   $ 2.50
  13. 1957 bug tail .......................... VF-20   $ 3.00
  14. 1957 bug tail .......................... XF-40   $ 5.00
  15. 1957 bug tail .......................... XF-45   $ 5.50
  16. 1957 bug tail ........... mark on cheek, AU-50   $ 3.00
  17. 1957 bug tail .......... grade only ICCS MS-64  $100.00

1958 5 CENT

Some 1958 five cents show a slight doubling of the 1 and 8 in the date, and are known as the double date, although sometimes ICCS calls them just double 18.

  1. 1958 ................................... XF-40   $ 0.50
  2. 1958 ................................... AU-50   $ 0.75
  3. 1958 ................................... AU-55   $ 1.00
  4. 1958 ................................... MS-60   $ 1.50
  5. 1958 ................................... MS-62   $ 2.50
  6. 1958 ................................... MS-63   $ 4.00
  7. 1958 .............................. ICCS MS-64   $12.00

1959 5 CENT

  1. 1959 ................................... MS-60   $ 0.50
  2. 1959 ................................... MS-62   $ 0.75
  3. 1959 ................................... MS-63   $ 2.00
  4. 1959 .............................. ICCS MS-65   $40.00

1960 5 CENT

Some 1960 5 cents are weakly struck beavers so that much of the fur on the beaver's back is not visible an otherwise high quality coins. Known as the "bald beaver", Zoell listed this for 1960 as his Y192b, although does occur on some other dates. The amount of fur that does show varies from coin to coin, and for me to consider this a bald beaver variety at least 80% must be missing. Between 50 and 80% I may list them but noticed it is slightly weak.

  1. 1960 ................................... MS-60   $ 0.50
  2. 1960 ................................... MS-62   $ 0.75
  3. 1960 ................................... MS-63   $ 1.50
     
  4. 1960 bald beaver ....................... VF-20   $ 2.50
  5. 1960 bald beaver ............. scratches XF-40   $ 3.00
  6. 1960 bald beaver (only slightly weak) .. MS-63   $10.00

1961 is the year the mint switched from the harder INCO nickel to purer softer Sherritt nickel. I have heard this referred to as the year the beaver got it's whiskers back due to the better quality strikes resulting from the slightly softer metal. While the strikes improve, the softer metal also results in more bag marks in the mint handling processes, so coins grading higher than MS-64 are very unusual in this period.

1961 5 CENT

Some 1961 5 cents have a weak doubling of the bottoms of the some digits in the dates, usually either 61 or the first and last 1's, probably from the same striking problem discussed below for the 1962 double date.

  1. 1961 ................................... MS-62   $ 0.75
  2. 1961 ................................... MS-63   $ 1.50
  3. 1961 ................................... MS-64   $12.00
  4. 1961 .............................. ICCS MS-64   $12.50
  5. 1961 .............................. ICCS MS-65   $40.00
  6. 1961 ................................... MS-65   $40.00
  7. 1961 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.50
     
  8. 1961 both 1's doubled .................. MS-60   SOLD

1962 5 CENT

1962 5 cent

Some 1962 nickels have doubling of the date long the bottom sometimes with some letters in the reverse inscriptions also doubled. The amount of the doubling varies from coins to coin suggesting this is a striking problem and the doubling was not actually on the die. The price in the CCN trend for a 1962 double date is for an average one which I would define as having at least 3 digits of the date doubled. Examples with only 2 digits double (usually the 1 and 2) I call weak doubling. Examples such as that illustrated above with all 4 digits doubled, I call strongly doubled and are worth a premium.

As described under 1960, some 1962 lack fur on the front part of the beaver's back, and have a weak area on the Queen's head, so are also known as bald beaver examples.

  1. 1962 ................................... MS-60   $ 0.50
  2. 1962 ................................... MS-62   $ 0.75
  3. 1962 ................................... MS-63   $ 1.50
  4. 1962 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
     
  5. 1962 weak double date ................... F-15   $ 2.00
  6. 1962 weak double date .......... scratch VF-20   $ 1.75
  7. 1962 weak double date ........ scratches XF-40   $ 2.00
  8. 1962 weak double date .................. MS-60   $ 5.50
  9. 1962 weak double date .................. MS-62   $ 8.00
  10. 1962 weak double date .................. MS-63   $12.00
  11. 1962 weak double date .................. MS-64   $32.00
     
  12. 1962 double date ....................... MS-60   $12.00
  13. 1962 double date ....................... MS-62   $16.00
  14. 1962 double date .................. ICCS MS-63   $25.00
  15. 1962 double date ....................... MS-63   $25.00
  16. 1962 double date ....................... MS-64   $60.00
  17. 1962 double date ....................... MS-65  $400.00
     
  18. 1962 bald beaver ....................... MS-60   $10.00
  19. 1962 bald beaver ....................... MS-62   $16.00
  20. 1962 bald beaver ....................... MS-63   $24.00

1963 5 CENT

Some 1963 nickels have doubling of the beaver's head, along the beaver's back, on the K of the K.G. designers initials, and minor doubling on the bottom of some of the letters in CENTS. While this type is not listed in the major reference books on Canadian coins, Hans Zoell listed it as his #R195j, although he does not seem to noted the doubling of CENTS.
  1. 1963 ................................... MS-62   $ 0.50
  2. 1963 ................................... MS-63   $ 1.00
  3. 1963 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.50
     
  4. 1963 doubled beaver ........ lt scratches F-15   $ 3.00
  5. 1963 doubled beaver .......... scratches VF-20   $ 4.00

1964 5 CENT

1964 extra water line 5 cent

One 1964 reverse die developed a heavy die crack above the water lines to the left of the beaver. The die crack looks like an extra waterline, resulting in the extra waterline (XWL) variety.

  1. 1964 ................................... MS-62   $ 0.50
  2. 1964 ................................... MS-63   $ 1.00
  3. 1964 ................................... MS-64   $12.00
  4. 1964 .............................. ICCS MS-65   $80.00
  5. 1964 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.50
  6. 1964 ........................ cameo PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
     
  7. 1964 extra water line ............. ICCS VF-30   $24.00
  8. 1964 extra water line ............. ICCS XF-40   $25.00
  9. 1964 extra water line ............. ICCS AU-55   $36.00
  10. 1964 extra water line ............. ICCS MS-62   $60.00
  11. 1964 extra water line ............. ICCS MS-63  120.000
  12. 1964 extra water line ... cameo .... NGC MS-63  $150.00
  13. 1964 extra water line ............. ICCS MS-64  $650.00

Starting in 1965, the Queen's portrait was updated to a more mature head, wearing a tiara.

1966 canada 5 cent
(image of type only)

1965 5 CENT

The 1965 nickel is very common as a date and unless very high quality worth very little.

There is a rare variety with larger beads on the head side, and the small jewel at the back of the Queen's head is slightly detached which is the best way to differentiate these. It is the same master design as the 1965 type 5 medium bead dollar which also has the detached jewel. To date only about 40 of this rare variety have been certified and there may be less than 200 of them.

  1. 1965 ................................... MS-63   $ 1.00
  2. 1965 ............................. cameo MS-63   $ 1.50
  3. 1965 ................................... MS-64   $12.00
  4. 1965 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.50
     
  5. 1965 large bead detached jewel ......... MS-63 $2950.00
  6. 1965 large bead detached jewel .... ICCS MS-64 $4950.00

1966 5 CENT

  1. 1966 ................................... MS-62   $ 0.50
  2. 1966 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.50

In 1967, to celebrate Canada's 100th anniversary as a country, all of the standard circulating coins were issued depicting various animals common to Canada, with a rabbit on these 5 cent coins. Please note that the examples of this type we offer here are exceptional examples, either Proof-likes, Specimens or high end MS examples, often with a cameo portrait and/or rabbit. Normal examples, even in MS-60 to 63, or examples from proof-like or specimens sets with any problems, are very common and of no significant value beyond what you can spend them for, so we do not offer them here. For most coins if listed as cameo it is only the portrait side where the cameo effect is important. On these 1967 coins many people like the cameo effect on the animals, so for these we will note if the cameo is on the portrait, on the rabbit, or both (you seldom get it on both, but they do show up sometimes in the specimen sets).

1967 5 CENT

  1. 1967 rabbit ............................ MS-62   $ 0.50
  2. 1967 rabbit ............................ MS-63   $ 1.00
  3. 1967 rabbit ............................ MS-64   $12.00
  4. 1967 rabbit ....................... PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.50

In 1968, there was a return to the standard beaver design. For most dates of 5 cent coins from 1968 and newer, there is no collectable value unless in very high quality (generally MS-63 or higher), or if there are special strikes from mint sets, such as proof-likes, specimens or Proofs, or oddities such as a rare variety or a cameo portrait. If you do not see a particular date listed below, do not assume it is rare. It is more likely so common that we do not have one nice enough to be of enough value to justify listing it.

1968 5 CENT

  1. 1968 ................................... MS-62   $ 0.50
  2. 1968 ................................... MS-63   $ 1.00
  3. 1968 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.50
     

1969 5 CENT

  1. 1969 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.50
  2. 1969 ........................ cameo PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00

1970 5 CENT

  1. 1970 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00

Beginning in 1971, the mint begins striking three different striking qualities of coins, with a fourth added in 1981 :

Mint state (abbreviated MS) which are coins struck for issue through the banks and have average lustre and surface qualities. In most cases MS coins have little value unless in the highest range of the MS coins, and those are seldom seen. We don't list most dates in MS because they are not of high enough value to justify the time and trouble to list and/or ship them.

Proof-like (abbreviated PL) are standard mint set coins, usually from the pliofilm packaged sets, red double penny sets, and later the blue book set, but in later dates there were a variety of other types of sets they can come from. PL coins have a much higher lustre than MS coins, mostly because they are struck from dies in their newest die state. They also have very minimal marks (the average PL is a PL-64) as they did not go through as many of the mint handling processes as MS coins do, but they are not perfect coins and one should not expect them to be absolutely mark free.

Specimen (abbreviated SP or SPEC) which were in the black leather double dollar sets from 1971 to 1980, and for later dates in various types sets. Like PL coins they are struck from dies in their freshest die state but differ in being double struck to give them a higher lustre and sharper images, and they do not go through any mint handling processes before going into the sets so are nearly mark free. The rims tend and edges tend to be a little sharper although this is not obvious on a casual inspection. When we list a coin as being a specimen, it is because we personally took it from a specimen set before listing it here.

Proof (abbreviated PR) coins are very nice coins found mostly issued in the double dollar black leather boxed proof sets starting in 1981, although some specialty coins did come other ways. The coins are clearly differing from the other striking qualities by being double struck from specially prepared dies so they have mirror fields and frosted images (and ultra cameo effect) and are specially handled so they go into the sets in near perfect condition as possible.

1971 5 CENT

  1. 1971 ................................... MS-62   $ 0.50
  2. 1971 ................................... MS-63   $ 1.00
  3. 1971 ................................... MS-64   $12.00
  4. 1971 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.50
  5. 1971 ........................ cameo PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00

1972 5 CENT

  1. 1972 ................................... MS-62   $ 0.50
  2. 1972 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.50
  3. 1972 ........................ cameo PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00

1973 5 CENT

  1. 1973 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.50

1974 5 CENT

  1. 1974 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.50
  2. 1974 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.00

1975 5 CENT

  1. 1975 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.50
  2. 1975 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.00

1976 5 CENT

  1. 1976 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.50
  2. 1976 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.00

1977 5 CENT

1977 saw some dies with the 7's a little lower than on other dies, creating "low 7's" and "high 7's" varieties. On circulation (MS) strikes both high and low 7's occur with the high 7's variety the scarcer of the two. In Proof-like and specimen sets only the high 7's occurs so while scarcer in MS strikes it is not a scarce variety over all.

  1. 1977 low 7 ............................. MS-62   $ 0.50
  2. 1977 low 7 ............................. MS-63   $ 1.00
     
  3. 1977 high 7 ....................... PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75

1978 5 CENT

  1. 1978 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  2. 1978 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.25

1979 5 CENT

  1. 1979 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  2. 1979 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.25

1980 5 CENT

  1. 1980 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
  2. 1980 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.50

1981 5 CENT

1981 saw the introduction of proof sets with frosted images and mirror fields, which continue to be minted until the current year.

  1. 1981 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
  2. 1981 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.00

In 1982, our nickels changed significantly when the alloy was changed from pure nickel in 1981 and earlier, to a cupro-nickel alloy of 75% copper and 25% nickel. The size and weight remained the same at 21.21 mm diameter, 1.75 mm thick, and 4.54 grams. They look no different than the earlier ones but they will not attract to a magnet as the earlier pure nickel ones did. There is one peculiarity to the 1982 nickels not seen on most other dates, is that some of them in the double dollar proof sets take on toning but usually on only the reverse. Most go a light golden color but some with more vivid colors show up. I am not certain why this happens to only those of 1982.

1982 5 CENT

  1. 1982 ......... white .............. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
  2. 1982 ... light golden obverse tone, PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.25
  3. 1982 ... light golden reverse toning.... PROOF   $ 3.00
  4. 1982 ... darker golden reverse toning .. PROOF   $ 4.00

1983 5 CENT

  1. 1983 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.25
  2. 1983 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.00

1984 5 CENT

  1. 1984 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.25
  2. 1984 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.00

1985 5 CENT

  1. 1985 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.25
  2. 1985 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.00

1986 5 CENT

  1. 1986 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.25
  2. 1986 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.00

1987 5 CENT

  1. 1987 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  2. 1987 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.00

1988 5 CENT

  1. 1988 ................................... MS-62   $ 0.75
  2. 1988 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  3. 1988 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.00

1989 5 CENT

  1. 1989 ................................... MS-62   $ 1.00
  2. 1989 ................................... MS-63   $ 1.25
  3. 1989 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  4. 1989 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.00

1990 5 CENT

  1. 1990 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  2. 1990 ................................... PROOF   $ 5.00

1991 5 CENT

  1. 1991 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 4.00
  2. 1991 ................................... PROOF   $ 5.00

1992 5 CENT

1992 was Canada's 125th anniversary of confederation, and all 5 cents of this year have the date shown as the double date 1867-1992.

  1. 1992 ................................... MS-62   $ 0.50
  2. 1992 ................................... MS-63   $ 1.00
  3. 1992 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  4. 1992 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.25
  5. 1992 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.00

1993 5 CENT

  1. 1993 ................................... MS-62   $ 0.50
  2. 1993 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  3. 1993 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.00

1994 5 CENT

  1. 1994 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
  2. 1994 ................................... PROOF   $ 4.00

1995 5 CENT

  1. 1995 .............................. ICCS MS-65   $52.50
  2. 1995 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.25
  3. 1995 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.25

Starting with 1996, all of the Proof strikes of five cent coins are of sterling (92.5%) silver at 5.5 grams, while proof-like, specimen and circulation strike coins are still of cupro-nickel alloy of 75% copper and 25% nickel. Because the mint did not create a fully sealed packaging for the proof sets, silver coins in these sets will often have a light golden brown toning, especially around the edges and one should expect these coins to have some of that toning, which can be fairly attractive on them. If you want silver proofs to be white (ie. no toning) please let me know when you place your order.

1996 5 CENT

There are near and far 6 varieties of the 1996 nickel, defined by the space between the tail of the 6 and the D of CANADA. All in mint sets are the near 6 variety, but circulation strikes are found in both varieties. In 1996 and some later dates proof-likes and specimens have a slightly matte background with mirror finish designs creating a reverse cameo impression which is stronger on the specimens and the proof-likes.

  1. 1996 near 6 ....................... PROOF-LIKE   $ 4.00
  2. 1996 near 6 ..................... silver PROOF   $ 6.50
  3. 1996 near 6 .... edge toning .... silver PROOF   $ 6.50

1997 5 CENT

In 1997 one still sees the matte background with polished images on the proof-like and specimen strikes, but not as strongly as on 1996, and oddly the effect is sometimes stronger on the proof-likes than the specimens. Although the CCN trend sheet list different prices for Ottawa and Winnipeg mint nickels from sets, it is impossible to distinguish them once removed from the sets so as single coins there should not be a difference in price.

  1. 1997 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  2. 1997 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.25
  3. 1997 ............................ silver PROOF   $ 6.50
  4. 1997 .......... edge toning ..... silver PROOF   $ 6.50

1998 5 CENT

In 1998, the Mint put a "W" mint mark below the Queen's head on coins minted at Winnipeg, although those were all in proof-like sets. Later in the years the minting of these sets was moved back to Ottawa where no mint mark was used. Thus proof-like 5 cents are found both with and without the "W" mint mark. All circulation (MS), specimen and proof coins were without mint mark. The finish on 1998 proof-like coins returns to high luster finish, while specimen coins retain the slightly matte finish fields with high lustre designs that first appeared in 1996.

  1. 1998 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.25
  2. 1998 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.75
  3. 1998 ......... white ............ silver PROOF   $ 8.00
  4. 1998 ..... light toning ......... silver PROOF   $ 8.00
  5. 1998 ..... heavier toning ....... silver PROOF   $ 8.00
     
  6. 1998 W ............................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00

1999 5 CENT

  1. 1999 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  2. 1999 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.25
  3. 1999 ......... white ............ silver PROOF   $12.00
  4. 1998 ..... light toning ......... silver PROOF   $12.00

1999 P TEST 5 CENT

In 1999, as a cost saving measure, the Canadian Mint made plans to strike 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 cent coins on blanks that had steel cored that were nickel plated, then copper plated and then for all denominations other than the 1 cent, nickel plated again. A "P" was placed below the Queen's portrait indicating they are on plated steel blanks. 1999 "P" coins are test tokens to be sent to vending machine companies for calibrate purposes so their machines would accept the new coins as they came out over the next few years, and those companies were supposed to return them to the mint. Some ended up on the market at very high prices, so the mint got in on the action and sold about 20,000 sets of them to collectors at much lower prices.

Packaged very similarly to Proof-like sets, their exact status is unclear and some including myself tends to call them Proof-likes, but others including ICCS calls them Mint State. Considering that at a mintage of only 20,000, they are almost as rare as a 1948 dollar, so remarkably inexpensive.

  1. 1999 P ............................ PROOF-LIKE   SOLD

2000 5 CENT

The first circulation strike plated "P" coins were the 2000 P 5 cents issued only as circulation strikes and are scarcer than the solid nickel 2000 5 cents without the P, which issued as both circulation strikes as well as in proof-like and specimens sets. There are also examples found only in proof-like sets with the "W" Winnipeg mint mark.

  1. 2000 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  2. 2000 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.25
  3. 2000 ......... white ............ silver PROOF   $ 8.00
  4. 2000 ..... light toning ......... silver PROOF   $ 8.00
     
  5. 2000 P ................................. MS-62   $ 0.50
  6. 2000 P ................................. MS-63   $ 1.00
  7. 2000 P ................................. MS-64   $ 6.50
     
  8. 2000 W ............................ PROOF-LIKE   SOLD

Two special commemorative 5 cents were issued in 2000. The first commemorates the Les Voltigeurs regiment headquartered in Quebec which was formed in 1862 and served as an armored regiment during world war II. The second commemorates the Royal Military College of Canada established at Kingston Ontario in 1874. Both are struck on 21.3 mm diameter, 1.85 mm thickness, 5.3 gram sterling silver (92.5% silver, 7.5% copper) flans.

2000 Les Voltigeurs 5 CENT

A commemorative 5 cent was struck in 2000 to commemorate Les Voltigeurs regiment headquartered in Quebec, formed in 1862 and served as an armored regiment in world war II. All examples are struck in Proof at 21.3 mm diameter, 1.85 mm thickness and 5.3 gram of sterling silver (92.5% silver, 7.5% copper). The price listed is for an example in it's capsule but not the original box, which allows for reasonable priced shipping. If you want it in the original box I may be able to provide but because it is thick and has to go parcel post it will add about $8.00 to the shipping charge.

  1. 2000 Voltigeur commemorative ........... PROOF   $ 6.50

2001 5 CENT

In 2001 5 cents were issued in circulation strikes both with and without the P for plated. All proof-like and specimen strikes have the P and are on plated steel blanks. All proof strikes are solid silver blanks and so do not have the P.

  1. 2001 ......... white ............ silver PROOF   $ 8.00
  2. 2001 ..... light toning ......... silver PROOF   $ 8.00
     
  3. 2001 P ............................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  4. 2001 P .............................. SPECIMEN   $ 1.25

2001 ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE 5 CENT

A commemorative 5 cent was struck in 2001 to commemorate the Royal Military College of Canada established at Kingston Ontario in 1874. The specifications and shipping rules are the same as for the 2000 Les Voltigeurs 5 cent listed above.

  1. 2001 Military college commemorative .... PROOF   SOLD

2002 5 CENT

2002 was the 50th anniversary of the Queen's accession and these coins are unusual as they have the dates as 1952-2002 below the Queen's head, rather than in it's usual place on the reverse. All 5 cents other than silver Proof's have the P.

  1. 2002 ............................ silver PROOF   $10.00
     
  2. 2002 P ............................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  3. 2002 P .............................. SPECIMEN   $ 1.25

2003 5 CENT

2003 is a slightly interesting year for Canadian coins, as it is the last year showing Queen Elizabeth with the old effigy crowned portrait, and the first year with the new effigy uncrowned portrait also known as the "Coronation Portrait". Introduced to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her coronation, it became the standard portrait on most coins after 2003.

All old effigy 2003 5 cents have the P for plated, other than solid silver Proof examples. New effigy circulation and proof-like examples have the P but some of the proof-like sets were struck at Winnipeg and have both the P and W together, the only time they occur together on any coins. No specimen or silver proof 5 cents were struck with the new effigy.

  1. 2003 old effigy ................. silver PROOF   SOLD
  2. 2003 P old effigy ................. ICCS MS-66   $40.00
  3. 2003 P old effigy ................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  4. 2003 P old effigy, ICCS NUMISMAT BU (PL) MS-67   $25.00
     
  5. 2003 P new effigy ................. ICCS MS-65   $80.00
     
  6. 2003 WP new effigy ................ PROOF-LIKE   SOLD

2004 and all later dates use the new effigy portrait and are struck on plated steel blanks other than the solid silver proof examples. As in previous few years, Proof-like coins have an over all even lustre while specimen examples have high lustre designs with matte backgrounds.

2004 5 CENT

  1. 2004 ............................ silver PROOF   SOLD
  2. 2004 P ............................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  3. 2004 P .............................. SPECIMEN   $ 1.25
     

2004 D DAY 5 CENT

2004 was the 60th anniversary of the D day landing so 5 cent coins with the reverse based on the 1943 to 1945 V nickels were issued but with the dates 1944 - 2004 flanking the V, and random dot's and dashes where the Morse code around the edge should have been. These only come in proof quality, on 12 sided 21.3 mm, 5.3 gram sterling silver (92.5% silver, 7.5% copper) flans.

  1. 2004 D DAY ............................. PROOF   SOLD

2005 5 CENT

  1. 2005 ............................ silver PROOF   $15.00
     
  2. 2005 P ............................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  3. 2005 P .............................. SPECIMEN   $ 1.25
     

2005 V-E DAY 5 CENT

2005 was the 60th anniversary of Victory in European (V-E Day) so a special commemorative 5 cent issued. The designs copy the 1943 to 1945 V nickels but with the dates as 1945 - 2005 flanking the V. The circulation (MS) and Proof-like coins lack the Morse code around the edge and are struck on the same blanks are regular nickels with the P for plated. Silver proof examples were also struck, but an attempt at morse code around the edge (I am not sure it is correct morse code) on 12 sided on 21.3 mm, 5.3 gram sterling silver (92.5% silver, 7.5% copper) blanks. A few Proofs used in Mint reports have selective gold plating on the V and torch, and the portrait of George VI on the obverse.

  1. 2005 P, V-E day commemorative .......... MS-63   $ 0.75
     
  2. 2005 P, V-E day commemorative ..... ICCS MS-65   $16.00
     

2006 5 CENT

All 2006 5 cents other than silver proofs are on plated blanks. For the first part of the year they have the P for plated but later in the year the P was discontinued after which the coins have the mint logo of a stylized maple leaf. As the mint logo occurs on 1 cents, $1.00 and $2.00 coins that are not plated, the logo does not mean plated. MS and PL coins exist with either the P or mint logo. Specimen strikes are only found with the P, never the mint logo. The silver Proof strikes have neither the P nor mint logo.

  1. 2006 ............................ silver PROOF   SOLD
  2. 2006 P ............................ ICCS MS-65   $16.00
  3. 2006 P ............................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  4. 2006 P .............................. SPECIMEN   $ 2.00
     
  5. 2006 LOGO ......................... PROOF-LIKE   SOLD

Starting in 2007, all Canada 5 cents in all striking qualities, including the silver proof coins, have the stylized maple leaf mint logo below the Queen's bust so I will not bother to include that is the descriptions from here on.

2007 5 CENT

  1. 2007 .............................. ICCS MS-66   $32.50
  2. 2007 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  3. 2007 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.25

2008 5 CENT

  1. 2008 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  2. 2008 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.25

2009 5 CENT

  1. 2009 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75

2010 5 CENT

  1. 2010 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75


In 2011 the mint stopped minting intentionally superior quality coins for the Proof-like sets so those sets contain standard MS coins that ave not gone through most mint post striking handling processes. Once removed from the sets they cannot be differentiated from coins from bank rolls. With no way to determine if an MS-65 or better coin came from a mint set or a bank roll there should be no price difference and the high prices charged for high end MS coins in previous years are not warranted for 2011 and near. An odd result of this is that starting with 2011, MS-65 and MS-66 coins commonly found in mint sets may now be more common than MS-64 coins. The coins from mint sets which can be differentiated from MS coins are the specimen strikes which continue to have the matte backgrounds and polished design reverse cameo effect, as well as the silver Proof coins.

2011 5 CENT

  1. 2011 ....................... from set .. MS-63   $ 0.50
  2. 2011 ....................... from set .. MS-64   $ 0.75
  3. 2011 ............................ silver PROOF   SOLD

2012 5 CENT

  1. 2012 ....................... from set .. MS-64   $ 0.75

2013 5 CENT

  1. 2013 .............................. ICCS MS-64   SOLD

2014 5 CENT

  1. 2014 ................................... MS-64   SOLD

2015 5 CENT

  1. 2015 ................................... MS-64   SOLD

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