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Canadian One Cent Coins

Calgary Coin offers an extensive selection of Canadian coins, including many large and small one cents 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 price ranges for all collectors, usually with an even wider selection in the store than on this website. I price from the Canadian Coin News trend sheet, offering most coins well below the values listed there although for coins under $2.00 they might be listed at the trend sheet price. I grade conservatively and describe any significant defects. If you ever receive a coin from me that you are not happy with, it can be returned for a full refund. For those new to coin collecting and who are not familiar the grading codes that preceded each price mean, information about them can be found on my Canadian Coin Introduction Page.


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ALL PRICES ON THIS PAGE ARE IN CANADIAN DOLLARS
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LARGE CENTS

QUEEN VICTORIA
1837 to 1901

Young Head
1858 to 1859

victoria 1858 cent young head
image of young head, 1858 and 1859 type only

The young head Victorian coins struck in 1858 and 1859 are prior to Confederation so are actually British colonial coins issued under the Province of Canada. While nearly everyone, including myself, commonly refers to them as pennies, the proper denomination is a "cent" equal to the American cent and which is equal to the British 1/2 penny. When first introduced they were struck to a standard of 100 coins per pound of bronze rather than the British standard of 80 coins to the pound of bronze. This made the coins unpopular and at first poorly accepted by the public who were used to the British Standards.

The designs were by Leonard C. Wyon with the composition of the coins being 95% copper, 4% tin and 1% zinc weighing 4.54 grams at 25.4 mm (1 inch) diameter, with medal alignment. Although very rare, a few 1859's exist with coinage alignment due to a 180 degree die rotation error. There are also a few struck on incorrect brass blanks.


1858 CENT


  1. 1858 .............................. ICCS EF-40   SOLD

1859 CENT

1859 cents have many small varieties in the 9. The most common are the narrow 9 with a sub variety where the 9 is slightly lower than normal. Several left-over 1858 dies were re-punched to change the final 8 to a 9 with part of the 8 still visible resulting in the 9/8 variety. A number of varieties are known as "double punch" varieties have odd bits of extra metal around parts of the final 9. To understand these 1859 varieties, it is best to consult the Charlton standard catalogue of Canadian Coins where they are illustrated.


  1. 1859 narrow ............................. F-12   $ 8.00
     
  2. 1859 narrow low 9 ..... uneven color .... F-15   SOLD
     
  3. 1859 WIDE 9/8, medal .............. ICCS VF-30  $110.00
  4. 1859 WIDE 9/8, medal ............. ANACS AU-55  $225.00
     
  5. 1859 DOUBLE PUNCH #2 .................... F-12  $115.00
     
  6. 1859 DOUBLE PUNCH #5 .............. ICCS VG-10   SOLD

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Mature Head
1876 to 1901

victoria cent 1894 old head variety
image of mature head 1876 to 1901 type only

Canada became a country in 1867 but to large stocks of unissued 1858 and 1859 cents still on hand, no new coins were needed during the early years. The first once cent coins issued by the new Dominion of Canada were in 1876, at which time the weight was raised to 80 coins to the pound of bronze, in line with the British 1/2 penny, which made them more acceptable to the public.

Before 1908 all Canadian coins were struck in England at either the Royal Mint in London without a mint mark, or the Heaton mint at Birmingham with an "H" mint mark placed just below the date but above the ring of beads, except in 1898 and 1900 when it is still below the date but nearly touching the rim below the outer leaves.

The designs are still by Leonard C. Wyon and using the same alloy as the 1858 and 1859 coins at 95% copper, 4% tin and 1% zinc, with a diameter of 25.4 mm (1 inch) but the weight increased to 5.67 grams. Large cents continued to be struck with medal alignment unlike all other denominations of this period with coinage alignment.

They all look alike at a glance but there four slightly different portraits of Queen Victoria are found on large cents, known as obverse 1, 2, 3 and 4. In 1876 and 1881 only obverse 1 was used. From 1882 to 1886 both obverse 1 and 2 were used. In 1887 and 1888 only obverse 2 was used. In 1890 all have obverse 3. In 1891 both obverse 2 and 3 were used. In 1892 obverse's 2, 3 and 4 were all used. From 1893 to 1901 only obverse 4 was used. A complete and well illustrated discussion of how to tell the different obverse designs apart can be found in any newer edition of the Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian Coins.


1876 CENT


  1. 1876 H .................................. VG-8   $ 4.25

1881 CENT

There are a few small varieties for 1881, including obverse 1 and 1a, double punching of various letters, and some N's missing part of their serifs. For the most part I do not bother to sort these out.


  1. 1881 H ................................. VF-20   $12.50
  2. 1881 H ................................. VF-30   $16.00

1882 CENT

The major varieties are obverse 1 and 2 which I do sort out, but I do not check for obv. 1/2 or 2/1, or the double punched lettering.


  1. 1882 H Obverse 1 ............ trace rough VG-8   $ 3.50
  2. 1882 H Obverse 1 ........... mark on neck F-15   $ 6.00
  3. 1882 H Obverse 1 ........................ F-15   $10.00
     
  4. 1882 H Obverse 2 ......................... G-4   $ 2.50
  5. 1882 H Obverse 2 ........................ F-15   $ 6.00

1884 CENT

Obverse 1 and 2 occur in 1884, with obverse 1 much scarcer than obverse 2.


  1. 1884 Obverse 1 ..................... ICCS VG-8  $125.00
     
  2. 1884 Obverse 2 ........................... G-6   $ 4.00
  3. 1884 Obverse 2 ......................... VF-30   $11.00
  4. 1884 Obverse 2 ......................... XF-40   $14.50

1886 CENT

Obverse 1 and 2 occur in 1886, with obverse 1 somewhat scarcer than obverse 2.


  1. 1886 Obverse 1 .......................... F-12   SOLD
     
  2. 1886 Obverse 2 ................... marks VG-10   $ 7.00
  3. 1886 Obverse 2 .......................... F-12   $ 9.00
  4. 1886 Obverse 2 mr encrustations, cleaned VF-30   $ 5.00
  5. 1886 Obverse 2 ............... trace red MS-60  $125.00

1887 CENT

Only obverse 2 occurs in 1887.


  1. 1887 ............ trace red, light marks AU-50   SOLD

1888 CENT

Only obverse 2 occurs in 1888.


  1. 1888 ............................. cleaned G-6   $ 2.25
  2. 1888 ..................................... G-6   $ 2.75
  3. 1888 .................................... VG-8   $ 3.50
  4. 1888 ............................. marks VG-10   $ 2.50
  5. 1888 ................................... VG-10   $ 4.00
  6. 1888 .......................... edge nick F-12   $ 4.00
  7. 1888 .......................... minor dig F-12   $ 4.00
  8. 1888 .......................... scratches F-12   $ 2.50
  9. 1888 .......................... old clean F-12   $ 3.50
  10. 1888 .................................... F-12   $ 4.50
  11. 1888 ................... dig behind head, F-15   $ 3.50
  12. 1888 .................................... F-15   $ 5.00

No Canadian 1 cent coins were minted in 1889.


1890 CENT

Only obverse 3 occurs in 1890.


  1. 1890 H ................................... G-6   $ 7.00
  2. 1890 H .................................. VG-8   $ 8.50
  3. 1890 H ...................... sl scruffy, F-12   $ 8.00
  4. 1890 H .................................. F-15   $16.50
  5. 1890 H ..................... light marks VF-20   $16.50

1891 CENT

In 1891 there are three major varieties OF large cents, each of which can be found with either obverse 2 or 3:

    1) Large date with large leaves - LDLL
    2) Small date with large leaves - SDLL
    3) Small date with small leaves - SDSL

Depending on the reference you are using, they two sides of each designation can be reversed. For example, LDLL for Large Date with Large Leaves might be designated as LLLD for Large Leaves with Large Date.


  1. 1891 LDLL obverse 2 ..................... F-12  $ 12.50
  2. 1891 LDLL obverse 2 .................... VF-30  $ 31.50
  3. 1891 LDLL obverse 2 ... minor rough spot AU-50  $ 52.50
     
  4. 1891 LDLL obverse 3 .................... VG-10  $ 12.50
  5. 1891 LDLL obverse 3 .................... VF-20  $ 15.00
  6. 1891 LDLL obverse 3 ............... ICCS VF-20  $ 25.00
  7. 1891 LDLL obverse 3 .................... XF-45   $67.50
     
  8. 1891 SDLL obverse 2 ................ ICCS F-15  $135.00
  9. 1891 SDLL obverse 2 ....... uneven color XF-40  $185.00
     
  10. 1891 SDLL obv 3 .. cleaned, bent, rough . F-15   SOLD
     
  11. 1891 SDSL obverse 3 ................ ICCS F-15   $95.00
  12. 1891 SDSL obverse 3 ............... ICCS VF-30  $135.00

1892 CENT

This is the only year where three difference obverse types occurs, obverse 2, 3 and 4. Obverse 2 is a little scarcer than obverse's 3 and 4.


  1. 1892 obverse 2 .......................... F-12   SOLD

     
  2. 1892 obverse 3 .......... tiny edge nick VF-30   SOLD
     
  3. 1892 obverse 4 ........................... G-6   $ 4.00

From 1893 to 1901 only obverse 4 was used, so I will not mention any more above the obverse types below.


1893 CENT


  1. 1893 ..................... mark on cheek VF-20   $ 5.50

1894 CENT

On some 1894 cents the 4 is thicker and slightly larger than on the others. I find the thickness a better diagnostic and feel thick 4 is a better designation than large 4.


  1. 1894 .............................. ICCS XF-40   $42.50
  2. 1894 ................................... AU-50   $70.00
  3. 1894 ................................... AU-55   $95.00
  4. 1894 ........................ ICCS BROWN MS-60  $125.00
     
  5. 1894 thick 4 ........................... VF-30   SOLD

1895 CENT


  1. 1895 ................................... VG-10   $ 8.50
  2. 1895 .................................... F-12   $10.00
  3. 1895 .................................... F-15   $14.00
  4. 1895 ...................... old cleaning VF-20   $12.00
  5. 1895 ................................... VF-30   $21.50
  6. 1895 .................... weak denticles XF-40   $16.50
  7. 1895 ................................... XF-40   $25.00
  8. 1895 ......................... dark spot AU-50   $37.50

1896 CENT


  1. 1896 .................................... F-12   $ 5.00
  2. 1896 ................................... AU-50   $25.00

Normally coins wear equally on both sides but starting around 1897 and continuing for about 10 years, some large cents were struck with a concave reverse die resulting in a convex reverse which wears more quickly than the obverse. Such coins can be Fine or VF on the portrait but yet on the reverse the CE of CENTS is very weak or even worn through. There is no standard way to grade such coins so will split grade them, listing the obverse grade first and the reverse as G-4 or G-6 depending on how worn it is, and will price them accordingly.


1897 CENT


  1. 1897 .................................... VG-8   SOLD

While not listed in the CCN trend sheet or the standard listings in the Charlton catalogue, the position of the H on the 1898 H 1 cent comes in two major varieties of a low and high H. On the high H the top left of the H will touch or slightly over lay the left above. On the low H the H will not touch the leaf at all. On looking at a group of 20 of these right now, there was a roughly even split between the two types so there is no difference in rarity or price and as this is a relatively unimportant variety I will not note this variety in my listings, but if you are specific about which you want when ordering, I will try to sort it out for you.


1898 CENT


  1. 1898 H .................................. F-15   $15.00
  2. 1898 H ................................. VF-20   $18.00
  3. 1898 H ........................ rim nick VF-30   $16.00
  4. 1898 H ..................... light marks VF-30   $20.00
  5. 1898 H ............................ ICCS VF-30   $24.00
  6. 1898 H ................................. VF-30   $24.00

1899 CENT


  1. 1899 ............................... F-15/VG-8   $ 4.00
  2. 1899 ........................ light marks F-15   $ 3.50
  3. 1899 .................... light scratches F-15   $ 3.50
  4. 1899 ................................... VF-20   $ 6.75
  5. 1899 ........................ light mark VF-30   $ 6.50
  6. 1899 ................................... VF-30   $ 9.50
  7. 1899 ..................... faint scratch XF-40   $ 8.50
  8. 1899 ......................... trace red AU-50   $25.00
  9. 1899 ......................... trace red MS-60   $49.50

1900 CENT


  1. 1900 ....................... uneven color F-12   $10.00
  2. 1900 ................................ F-15/G-6   $ 9.00
  3. 1900 ................... scratch on neck XF-45   $32.50
  4. 1900 .............................. ICCS XF-45   $57.50
  5. 1900 ................................... XF-45   $57.50
  6. 1900 ................................... AU-50   $77.50

1900 H CENT


  1. 1900 H .............. ICCS red and brown MS-63   SOLD

1901 CENT


  1. 1901 .............................. VF-20/VG-8   $ 4.00
  2. 1901 ....................... trace rough VF-20   $ 2.50
  3. 1901 ................................... VF-20   $ 6.00
  4. 1901 ................. cleaned and toned VF-30   $ 4.00
  5. 1901 ................ small obverse mark VF-30   $ 6.00
  6. 1901 ................................... VF-30   $ 8.00
  7. 1901 ................................... XF-40   $10.00
  8. 1901 ................................... XF-45   $15.00
  9. 1901 ................................... AU-50   $20.00
  10. 1901 ...................... uneven color AU-55   $16.00
  11. 1901 ................................... AU-55   $36.50
  12. 1901 .................... ICCS trace red MS-62   $55.00

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EDWARD VII
1902 to 1910

Canada 1910 cent
image of Edward VII 1902 to 1910, type only

Prior to 1908, any Canadian coin which was not mint marked was struck at the Royal Mint in London, England, but starting in 1908 non-mint marked coins were struck in Canada at the Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa. The 1907 coins with an "H" mint mark (below the leaves on the reverse, centered under the date) were struck at the Heaton mint in Birmingham, England.

This Obverse type was designed by G. W. DeSalles, while the reverse continues the type designed by Leonard C. Wyon used since 1858. These were struck from an alloy containing 95% copper, 4% tin and 1% zinc. The standard weight was 5.67 grams with a diameter of 25.4 mm (1 inch).


1902 CENT


  1. 1902 ................................... XF-45   $10.00
  2. 1902 .................... lustrous brown MS-62   $33.50

1903 CENT


  1. 1903 .................................... F-12   $ 3.00
  2. 1903 ................................... XF-40   $ 7.50

1904 CENT


  1. 1904 ................................... VF-30   $ 8.00
  2. 1904 ................................... XF-40   $10.00

1905 CENT


  1. 1905 ................................... XF-45   $18.00

1906 CENT


  1. 1906 ........................... scratchs VG-8   $ 1.50
  2. 1906 .......................... scratchs VG-10   $ 1.75
  3. 1906 ................................... VG-10   $ 2.50
  4. 1906 ......................... green spot F-12   $ 1.75
  5. 1906 ........................... scratchs F-15   $ 2.50
  6. 1906 ................................... XF-45   $12.00

1907 CENT


  1. 1907 ....................... light marks XF-40   $ 7.50
  2. 1907 ................................... XF-45   $14.00

1907 H CENT


  1. 1907 H ............... small dig by chin VF-20   $15.00
  2. 1907 H ......................... cleaned VF-20   $16.00
  3. 1907 H ................................. VF-20   $29.50
  4. 1907 H .................. slightly rough VF-30   $16.00
  5. 1907 H ............................ ICCS VF-30   $39.50
  6. 1907 H ............................ ICCS XF-40   $52.50

The Royal Canadian Mint opened in Ottawa in 1908 after which nearly all Canadian coins were minted in Canada. While the designs remained the same.


1908 CENT


  1. 1908 .................................... F-12   $ 4.25
  2. 1908 ................................... VF-30   $ 8.00

1909 CENT


  1. 1909 .................................... VG-8   $ 2.00
  2. 1909 .................................... F-12   $ 3.00
  3. 1909 ................................... VF-20   $ 3.75
  4. 1909 ................................... XF-45   $10.00

1910 CENT


  1. 1910 ..................................... G-6   $ 1.50
  2. 1910 .................................... VG-8   $ 2.00
  3. 1910 ................................... VG-10   $ 2.25
  4. 1910 .................................... F-15   $ 3.00
  5. 1910 ....................... light marks VF-30   $ 3.00
  6. 1910 ................ minor reverse flaw XF-40   $ 4.00
  7. 1910 ................................... XF-45   $ 9.50

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GEORGE V
1911 to 1936

Canada 1911 cent
image of George V, 1911 Godless, type only


This Obverse type was designed by Sir E. B. MacKennal, and the reverse by W. H. J. Blakemore. These were struck from an alloy containing 95% copper, 4% tin and 1% zinc. The standard weight was 5.67 grams with a diameter of 25.4 mm (1 inch). All were struck at the Royal Canadian mint in Ottawa.


1911 CENT

George V coins were introduced in 1911 without "DEI GRATIA", Latin for "God's Grace", in 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 ........................... VF-20   $ 2.50
  2. 1911 Godless ........................... VF-30   $ 3.50

Canada 1916 cent
image of George V, 1912 to 1920, type only

1912 CENT


  1. 1912 .................................... VG-8   $ 1.50
  2. 1912 .................................... F-15   $ 2.50
  3. 1912 ............................. marks VF-20   $ 2.00
  4. 1912 ....................... light marks VF-20   $ 2.50
  5. 1912 ................................... VF-20   $ 3.50
  6. 1912 ................................... VF-30   $ 4.25
  7. 1912 ................................... AU-50   $12.50

1913 CENT


  1. 1913 .................................... VG-8   $ 1.25
  2. 1913 .................................... F-15   $ 2.25
  3. 1913 ....................... light marks VF-20   $ 2.00
  4. 1913 ................................... VF-20   $ 2.50
  5. 1913 ........................... scratch VF-30   $ 2.50
  6. 1913 ................................... VF-30   $ 4.00
  7. 1913 ................................... XF-45   $11.00
  8. 1913 ................................... AU-50   $12.50
  9. 1913 .................... lustrous brown AU-55   $23.50

1914 CENT


  1. 1914 ................................... AU-55   $27.50

1915 CENT


  1. 1915 ................................... XF-40   $ 5.00
  2. 1915 ................................... AU-55   $23.00

1916 CENT


  1. 1916 .................................... VG-8   $ 1.00
  2. 1916 ................................... VG-10   $ 1.25
  3. 1916 .................................... F-12   $ 1.50
  4. 1916 .................................... F-15   $ 1.75
  5. 1916 ................................... VF-30   $ 2.50
  6. 1916 ................................... XF-45   $ 6.00

1917 CENT


  1. 1917 .................................... VG-8   $ 1.00
  2. 1917 ................................... VG-10   $ 1.25
  3. 1917 .................................... F-12   $ 1.50
  4. 1917 .................................... F-15   $ 1.75
  5. 1917 ................................... VF-20   $ 2.00
  6. 1917 ................................... VF-30   $ 2.50

1918 CENT


  1. 1918 .................................... VG-8   $ 1.00
  2. 1918 ................................... VG-10   $ 1.25
  3. 1918 .................................... F-12   $ 1.50
  4. 1918 .................................... F-15   $ 1.75
  5. 1918 ................................... VF-20   $ 2.00
  6. 1918 ................................... VF-30   $ 2.50
  7. 1918 ................................... XF-40   $ 3.50
  8. 1918 ................................... XF-45   $ 4.50
  9. 1918 ................................... AU-50   $ 6.00
  10. 1918 ............................. brown MS-60   $14.50

1919 CENT


  1. 1919 .................................... VG-8   $ 1.00
  2. 1919 ................................... VG-10   $ 1.25
  3. 1919 .................................... F-12   $ 1.50
  4. 1919 ................ rims slightly rough F-15   $ 1.00
  5. 1919 .................................... F-15   $ 1.75
  6. 1919 ................................... VF-20   $ 2.00
  7. 1919 ................................... VF-30   $ 2.50

1920 LARGE CENT


  1. 1920 (large cent) ...................... VG-10   $ 1.25
  2. 1920 (large cent) ....................... F-12   $ 1.50
  3. 1920 (large cent) ....................... F-15   $ 1.50
  4. 1920 (large cent).............. rim bump VF-20   $ 1.25
  5. 1920 (large cent)............ minor mark VF-20   $ 1.50
  6. 1920 (large cent)....................... VF-20   $ 1.75
  7. 1920 (large cent)....... minor rim nick, VF-30   $ 1.75
  8. 1920 (large cent)....................... VF-30   $ 2.50

In 1920, both large and small cents were struck. A considerable number of the 1920 large cents were melted to recycle their metal for striking of 1920 small cents, but both large and small cents remain relatively common coins.


To commemorate the Royal Canadian Mint's 90th anniversary, special sets of coins were struck with the sizes, alloys (other than the 1 cent), and general reverse designs of the 1908 coins but Queen Elizabeth's portrait and the date shown as "1908 - 2008". The one cent coins are the only large cents struck after 1920, and have the unusual feature of being copper plated silver, possible the only copper plated silver coins ever made by any mint. The early sets were struck with an antiqued matte-proof finish that proved unpopular with collectors, but an interesting variety on the one cent because the designer forgot to place the word "Canada" below the Queen's portrait, making these the only Canadian coin without "CANADA" anywhere on it. Sets struck later in the year were issued as mirror-proofs, but with "CANADA" added below the Queen's portrait on the one cent coins.


1998 LARGE CENT


  1. LARGE CENT, 1908-1998 w/o CANADA . MATTE PROOF   SOLD
     
  2. LARGE CENT, 1908-1998 w CANADA .. MIRROR PROOF   SOLD

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SMALL CENTS

GEORGE V

canada 1936 1 cent
IMAGE OF 1920 TO 1936, TYPE ONLY

In 1920, mostly to reduce the cost of coinage production, the government ceased to issue large cents at the standard of the British half penny, and began striking small cents of the same weight standard as the American cent.

The obverse design is slightly different than that on the large cents and is by Sir E.B. MacKennal, whose initials B.M. appear on the truncation of the bust. The reverse design is a totally new by Fred Lewis. The alloy also changed slightly to 95.5% copper, 3% tin and 1.5% zinc. The standard weight is 3.24 grams, with a diameter of 19.05 mm (3/4 inch).


1920 SMALL CENT


  1. 1920 (small cent) ...... light scratches VF-20   $ 0.50
  2. 1920 (small cent) ...................... VF-30   $ 1.50

1921 CENT


  1. 1921 ................................... VG-10   $ 0.75
  2. 1921 .................................... F-12   $ 1.00
  3. 1921 .................................... F-15   $ 1.50

1922 CENT

With a mintage of about 1,2400,000 this is the third lowest mintage of small cents.


  1. 1922 .................................... F-12   $18.00
  2. 1922 ........................ light marks F-15   $18.00
  3. 1922 ....................... light marks VF-20   $25.00
  4. 1922 ................................... VF-20   $29.50
  5. 1922 ................................... VF-30   $39.50
  6. 1922 ................ tiny mark on crown XF-45   $65.00
  7. 1922 ................................... XF-45   $72.50
  8. 1922 .............................. dark AU-50   $82.50
  9. 1922 ................................... AU-50   $95.00

1923 CENT

With a mintage of just over 1 million, this is the second lowest mintage of small cents, but the difference between it and 1925 is only about 1%


  1. 1923 ........................ light marks F-12   $25.00
  2. 1923 .................................... F-15   $38.50
  3. 1923 ................................... VF-20   $41.50
  4. 1923 ................................... VF-30   $55.00
  5. 1923 ................................... XF-45   $99.50
  6. 1923 ................................... AU-50  $140.00

1924 CENT


  1. 1924 .................................... F-15   $11.00

1925 CENT

With a mintage of just barely over 1 million, this is the lowest mintage small cent, beating the 1923 by less and 20,000 coins.


  1. 1925 .................................... F-12   $28.50
  2. 1925 .................................... F-15   $31.50
  3. 1925 ................................... VF-20   $35.00

1926 CENT


  1. 1926 .................................... VG-8   $ 4.00
  2. 1926 .................................... F-12   $ 5.00
  3. 1926 ........................ light marks F-15   $ 4.00
  4. 1926 .................................... F-15   $ 7.00
  5. 1926 ....................... dark streak VF-20   $ 6.50
  6. 1926 ................................... VF-20   $ 8.00
  7. 1926 ............................. marks VF-30   $ 6.00
  8. 1926 ................. rough behind head VF-30   $ 7.00
  9. 1926 ..................... tiny rim nick VF-30   $ 7.00
  10. 1926 ................................... VF-30   $12.50

1927 CENT


  1. 1927 .................................... VG-8   $ 1.50
  2. 1927 ................................... VG-10   $ 1.75
  3. 1927 .............................. marks F-12   $ 1.50
  4. 1927 ....................... old cleaning F-12   $ 1.75
  5. 1927 .................................... F-12   $ 2.00
  6. 1927 ...................... tiny rim nick F-15   $ 1.50
  7. 1927 ........................ light marks F-15   $ 1.50
  8. 1927 .................................... F-15   $ 2.50
  9. 1927 ................................... VF-20   $ 3.50
  10. 1927 ................................... VF-30   $ 6.00

1928 CENT


  1. 1928 .................................... F-12   $ 0.50
  2. 1928 .................................... F-15   $ 0.75
  3. 1928 ................................... VF-20   $ 1.00
  4. 1928 ................................... VF-30   $ 1.75
  5. 1928 ................................... XF-40   $ 2.25
  6. 1928 ................................... AU-55   $14.50

1929 CENT

There are three varieties of position of the second 9 in 1929. The regular 9 has a tail that points well below the 2's bottom while the top is at the same level as the other digits. The middle 9's tail points just barely below the 2 but the top is still level with the other digits. Bot the regular and middle 9 are common and I do not list them separately. The scarce high 9's tail points directly at the bottom of the 2 and the top is higher than the other digits. I have often seen the middle 9 mistaken for the high 9. There is a good illustration of a high 9 in the Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian coins (2010 or later editions).


  1. 1929 .................................... F-12   $ 0.50
  2. 1929 .................................... F-15   $ 0.75
  3. 1929 ................................... VF-20   $ 1.00
  4. 1929 ................................... VF-30   $ 1.50
  5. 1929 ................................... XF-40   $ 2.00
  6. 1929 ....................... light marks XF-45   $ 2.50
  7. 1929 ................................... AU-50   $ 8.00
     
  8. 1929 high 9 ............................. F-15   SOLD

1930 CENT


  1. 1930 ................................... VG-10   $ 2.50
  2. 1930 .................................... F-12   $ 3.00
  3. 1930 .................................... F-15   $ 4.00
  4. 1930 ................................... VF-20   $ 5.00
  5. 1930 ................................... VF-30   $ 5.50
  6. 1930 ................................... XF-45   $17.50
  7. 1930 ........................ trace red, MS-62   $85.00
  8. 1930 ........................ trace red, MS-63  $120.00

1931 CENT


  1. 1931 .................................... VG-8   $ 1.00
  2. 1931 ................................... VG-10   $ 1.25
  3. 1931 .................................... F-12   $ 1.50
  4. 1931 ..................... minor rim bump F-15   $ 1.00
  5. 1931 ........................ light marks F-15   $ 1.00
  6. 1931 .................................... F-15   $ 2.00
  7. 1931 ....................... minor marks VF-20   $ 1.50
  8. 1931 ................................... VF-20   $ 2.50
  9. 1931 ................................... VF-30   $ 4.50

1932 CENT


  1. 1932 .................................... F-15   $ 0.50
  2. 1932 ................................... VF-20   $ 0.75
  3. 1932 ................................... VF-30   $ 1.25
  4. 1932 ................................... XF-40   $ 2.00
  5. 1932 ............................. brown MS-60   $16.50
  6. 1932 ............................. brown MS-62   $20.00

1933 CENT


  1. 1933 ................................... VF-20   $ 0.75
  2. 1933 ................................... VF-30   $ 1.25
  3. 1933 ................................... XF-40   $ 1.75
  4. 1933 ................................... XF-45   $ 3.50

1934 CENT


  1. 1934 ................................... VF-30   $ 1.50
  2. 1934 ................................... XF-45   $ 3.50
  3. 1934 ................................... AU-50   $ 5.00
  4. 1934 ......................... trace red AU-55   $10.00

1935 CENT


  1. 1935 .................................... F-15   $ 0.75
  2. 1935 ................................... VF-20   $ 1.00
  3. 1935 ................................... VF-30   $ 1.50
  4. 1935 ................................... XF-40   $ 1.75
  5. 1935 ................................... XF-45   $ 3.50
  6. 1935 ................................... AU-55   $10.00

1936 CENT


  1. 1936 .................................... F-15   $ 0.75
  2. 1936 ................................... VF-20   $ 1.00
  3. 1936 ................................... VF-30   $ 1.25
  4. 1936 ................................... XF-40   $ 1.75
  5. 1936 ................................... XF-45   $ 3.50
  6. 1936 ................................... AU-50   $ 5.00
  7. 1936 ................................... AU-55   $10.00

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GEORGE VI
1937 to 1952

canada 1937 1 cent
IMAGE OF 1937 TO 1947, TYPE ONLY

1937 saw a major change in Canadian coin designs, making them somewhat more artistic, and now each Canadian denomination had its own distinctive reverse designs (earlier coins were all variations on the same design).

The obverse (common to all the denominations) was designed by T. H. Paget, whose initials H.P. appear on the truncation of the bust. The reverse Maple leaf design is totally new and by Kruger Gray, as indicated by the initials K.G. in the lower right field. From 1937 to partway through 1942 these coins were struck from an alloy containing 95.5% copper, 3% tin and 1.5% zinc (the same as the earlier small cents) but during 1942 the alloy was changed to 98% copper, 0.5% tin and 1.5% zinc. The standard weight is 3.24 grams, with a diameter of 19.05 mm (3/4 inch).

All dates from 1937 to 1952 are common in average circulated condition. Because it is not economical for us to list coins under   $1.00, some dates will not be listed here unless I have high-grade specimens available.

After 1936, there are no rare date Canadian 1 cent coins. While common as dates there are some scarce to rare varieties in 1949 (A to Denticle) and in 1954 and 1955 the no shoulder fold type. Average circulated examples of all dates (including common varieties of 1949, 1954 and 1955) are of too little value to warrant listing, although we should have them available in the store in pick bins.


1937 CENT


  1. 1937 .................................... F-12   $ 0.50
  2. 1937 ................................... VF-20   $ 0.75
  3. 1937 ................................... VF-30   $ 0.85
  4. 1937 ................................... AU-50   $ 2.00

1938 CENT


  1. 1937 ................................... XF-40   $ 1.00
  2. 1937 .......................... ICCS red MS-65   $55.00

1939 CENT


  1. 1939 ................................... VF-30   $ 0.50
  2. 1939 ................................... XF-40   $ 0.75
  3. 1939 ................................... XF-45   $ 1.00
  4. 1939 ................................... AU-50   $ 1.50

1940 CENT


  1. 1940 ................................... VF-30   $ 0.50
  2. 1940 ................................... XF-40   $ 0.75
  3. 1940 ................................... AU-50   $ 1.00

1941 CENT


  1. 1941 ................................... AU-50   $ 2.25

1942 CENT


  1. 1942 ................................... VF-30   $ 0.50
  2. 1942 ................................... XF-45   $ 1.25
  3. 1942 ................................... AU-50   $ 2.00
  4. 1942 ..................... red and brown MS-60   $ 6.50
  5. 1942 .......................... ICCS RED MS-64   $72.50

1943 CENT


  1. 1943 ................................... XF-40   $ 0.50
  2. 1943 ................................... AU-50   $ 1.50

1944 CENT


  1. 1944 ................................... AU-50   SOLD

1945 CENT


  1. 1945 ................................... XF-45   $ 0.75

1946 CENT


  1. 1946 ................................... XF-40   $ 0.50
  2. 1946 ..................... red and brown MS-62   $ 4.50

1947 CENT


  1. 1947 .......................... ICCS red MS-64   $16.00

1947 MAPLE LEAF 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. New designs were prepared in England and those for Canada were not ready at the beginning of 1948, so early in 1948 coins were struck dated 1947 but with a small maple leaf after the date indicating the coin was minted in 1948.

Pointed and blunt 7's based on the shape of the point of the 7 next to the maple twig occur on 1947 maple leaf cents. The blunt 7 is slightly scarcer than the pointed 7, but there is not much difference in value.


  1. 1947 ML pointed 7 ...................... XF-40   $ 0.50
  2. 1947 ML pointed 7 ...................... XF-45   $ 0.75

When the new designs arrived in 1948 with "IND IMP" (India's Emperor) removed, the entire inscriptions now reads "GEORGIVS VI DIE GRATIA REX". This inscription was used until 1952. Both 1948 and 1949 cents are found with an obverse variety where the final A of "GRATIA" either between two denticles (known as either A between or A off denticle), or it can point directly at a denticle (known as A to or A at denticle).

 
canada 1949 1 cent
IMAGE OF 1948 TO 1952, TYPE ONLY

1948 CENT

For 1948 both the A to and A off denticle varieties are common.


  1. 1948 A to denticle ..................... XF-40   $ 1.00
  2. 1948 A to denticle ..................... XF-45   $ 1.25
  3. 1948 A to denticle ............... brown MS-60   $ 4.00
     
  4. 1948 A between denticles ......... brown MS-60   SOLD

1949 CENT

For 1949 the A off denticle is common and the A to denticle is slightly scarce.


  1. 1949 A off denticle ...... red and brown MS-62   $ 4.25
  2. 1949 A off denticle ........... ICCS red MS-64   $16.50
     
  3. 1949 A to denticle ...................... VG-8   $ 3.50
  4. 1949 A to denticle ..................... VG-10   $ 4.50
  5. 1949 A to denticle ..... part legend weak F-12   $ 4.00
  6. 1949 A to denticle ................ baggy F-12   $ 4.00
  7. 1949 A to denticle ...................... F-12   $ 6.00
  8. 1949 A to denticle ...................... F-15   $ 7.50
  9. 1949 A to denticle ................. ICCS F-15   $ 9.00
  10. 1949 A to denticle ..................... VF-20   $10.00
  11. 1949 A to denticle ....... obverse marks VF-30   $ 7.00
  12. 1949 A to denticle ............... baggy VF-30   $ 7.00
  13. 1949 A to denticle .... mark behind head AU-50   $20.00

1950 CENT


  1. 1950 ................................... AU-50   SOLD

1951 CENT


  1. 1951 ................................... AU-50   $ 0.50
  2. 1951 ..................... red and brown AU-55   $ 1.25
  3. 1951 ............................. brown MS-60   $ 1.75
  4. 1951 ............................. brown MS-62   $ 2.50
  5. 1951 ..................... red and brown MS-62   $ 3.50
  6. 1951 ........ great eye appeal, ICCS red MS-64   $35.00

1952 CENT


  1. 1952 ................................... AU-50   $ 0.50
  2. 1952 ................................... AU-55   $ 1.00
  3. 1952 ......................... blue tone MS-60   $ 2.00

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ELIZABETH II
1953 to date

canada 1959 1 cent
IMAGE OF 1953 TO 1964, TYPE ONLY

1953 saw the introduction of Elizabeth II's portrait based on designs by Mary Gillick, whose initials appear on the truncation of the bust. The reverse remains Kruger-Gray's maple leaf design, with his initials in the right field. The flans remain 19.05 mm, 3.25 grams of 98% copper, 0.5% tin and 1.5% zinc


1953 CENT

Examples struck earlier in 1953 have a very weak shoulder fold which often does not strike up, making the Queen's shoulder look bare so known as the "no shoulder strap" (NSS) or "no shoulder fold" (NSF) variety. Later in 1953 new dies were cut to strengthen the shoulder fold and are known as the "shoulder strap" (SS) or "shoulder fold" (SF) variety. The early NSS variety has strongly serifed "I"'s in the obverse, while SS variety has straighter "I"'s, and the "I"'s are the best way to confirm this variety.


  1. 1953 NSS ............................... AU-50   $ 0.50
  2. 1953 NSS ............................... AU-55   $ 0.75
  3. 1953 NSS ............................... MS-60   $ 1.00

  4.  
  5. 1953 SS ................................ VF-20   $ 1.75
  6. 1953 SS ................................ XF-40   $ 3.50
  7. 1953 SS ................................ XF-45   $ 5.00

From 1954 to 1964 the obverse design with variety, but some 1954 proof-like sets contain cents accidentally struck with a 1953 NSS die, and a few 1955 circulation strikes cents were also struck with a 1953 NSS obverse die. Both are rare, and fraud artists sometime attempt to polish off the SS area, but they cannot add serifed "I"'s to the obverse inscription, and so it is important to check that letter form to confirm the variety on these.


1954 CENT

All 1954 circulation strikes are of the Shoulder Fold variety, but No Shoulder Fold examples are see in Proof-like strikes from sets. I have seen one in VF but it must have been a Proof-like taken from a set and spent by someone.


  1. 1954 ................................... XF-40   $ 0.50
  2. 1954 ................................... XF-50   $ 1.00
  3. 1954 ..................... red and brown MS-60   $ 2.00
  4. 1954 ..................... red and brown MS-62   $ 2.50
  5. 1954 .......................... ICCS red MS-64   $25.00
  6. 1954 .......................... ICCS red PL-65   $80.00
     
  7. 1954 NSS . slight subdued red as is normal on
    these ......................... ICCS red PL-66 $2850.00

1955 CENT

A small number of circulation strike 1955 cents are see with the NSS variety, but even in high quality appear weak on the obverse indicating they were struck from a left over and already well used 1953 obverse die, and even in MS quality the details of the Queen's laurels look no better than a VF-30.


  1. 1955 ..................... red and brown MS-63   $ 1.75
  2. 1955 .......................... part RED MS-63   $ 2.50
  3. 1955 ............................... RED MS-63   $ 3.50
     
  4. 1955 NSS .......................... ICCS VF-30   SOLD

1956 CENT


  1. 1956 ..................... red and brown MS-62   $ 0.50
  2. 1956 .............. subdued red ICCS red PL-64   $12.50

1957 CENT


  1. 1957 .......................... ICCS red PL-65   $16.50

1958 CENT


  1. 1958 ............. finger print ICCS red MS-65   $16.50
  2. 1958 .......................... ICCS red MS-65   $25.00

1959 CENT


  1. 1959 .......... slightly spotty ICCS red MS-65   $16.50

1960 CENT


  1. 1960 ....................... subdued red MS-64   $ 5.00
  2. 1960 ............................... red MS-64   $ 6.50

1961 CENT


  1. 1961 ............................... red MS-62   $ 0.50
  2. 1961 ............................... red MS-63   $ 0.75
  3. 1961 ............................... red MS-64   $ 6.50

1962 CENT


  1. 1962 ............................... red MS-63   $ 0.50
  2. 1962 ............................... red MS-64   $ 6.50
  3. 1962 ............................... red MS-65   $16.00
  4. 1962 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00

Some 1962 cents have considerable doubling on last three digits of the date with the ghost under date shifted up slightly from the main date. These are known as the DOUBLE DATE variety. I don't know the exact cause of this, but a very similar date doubling also occurred on some 1962 5 cents, which suggests it might be caused by some type of machine doubling which is a minting press with a problem which causes the die to bounce or rock during striking, with the 1 and 5 cents with this feature having both struck using the same press.


1962 DOUBLE DATE CENT


  1. 1962 double date ................... red MS-64   SOLD


canada 1962 harp variety 1 cent

1962 HARP CENT

Some 1962 dies have vertical lines between the 1 of "1 CENT" and the notch in the maple leaf, which are probably die polish marks. Commonly known as the "HARP" but also the "GUITAR" variety, while not listed in the standard catalogues Hans Zoell catalogues it as #K86c.


  1. 1962 harp variety ........ red and brown MS-64   SOLD


canada 1962 hanging 2 cent

1962 HANGING 2 CENT

A die clash caused the Queen's chin to be transferred to one reverse 1962 cent die, resulting in a faint line curling from the left maple leaf to the top of the 2, known as the "hanging 2" variety.


  1. 1962 hanging 2 ..................... red MS-60   $ 2.50
  2. 1962 hanging 2 ........... red and brown MS-62   $ 3.00

1963 CENT

A die clash caused the Queen's chin to be transferred to one reverse 1963 cent die, resulting in a faint line curling from the left maple leaf to the top of the 3 in what is known as the "hanging 3" variety.


  1. 1963 ...................................... BU   $ 0.50
  2. 1963 ............................... red MS-63   $ 0.75
  3. 1963 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.50
  4. 1963 ........................ cameo PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
     
  5. 1963 hanging 3 ........... red and brown MS-62   SOLD


1964 CENT


  1. 1964 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.50
  2. 1964 ........ ICCS red ultra heavy cameo PL-66   $65.00


canada 1965 1 cent
IMAGE OF 1965 to 1966 and 1968 to 1978, TYPE ONLY

1965 saw an updated more mature portrait of the Queen wearing a tiara, by Arnold Machin. The reverse design by Kruger-Gray was retained unchanged, as was the specifications of 3.24 grams, 19.05 mm, of 98% copper, 0.5% tin and 1.5% zinc.


1965 CENT

There are four varieties of the 1965 cent, based on the size of the beads around the Queen's head, and the shape of the top right of the 5:

TYPE 1: Small beads, pointed 5 (slightly scarce)
TYPE 2: Small beads, blunt 5 (common)
TYPE 3: Large beads, blunt 5 (common)
TYPE 4: Large beads, pointed 5 (scarcer)

Many type 4 examples exhibit doubling of the INA in REGINA and the beads opposite REGINA, which is common and illustrated below. The doubling of the bead makes it look like a small bead over large bead, but it is the lower outline of the bead that defines the bead size, which is confirmed by the A pointing at that lower outline, while on the small bead the A points between two beads (slightly closer to the lower bead). The beads on a T-3 with large bead usually do not exhibit that doubling.



canada 1965 pointed 5

POINTED 5
canada 1965 blunt 5

BLUNT 5
canada 1965 large bead 5

Large Beads
A points at bead.
canada 1965 small bead 5

Small bead
A points between beads.

  1. 1965 type 1 ....................... PROOF-LIKE   SOLD
     
  2. 1965 type 2 ........................ RED MS-63   $ 0.50
  3. 1965 type 2 ........................ RED MS-64   $ 6.50
  4. 1965 type 2 ........................ RED MS-65   $55.00
  5. 1965 type 2 ....................... PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
     
  6. 1965 type 2 10 degree die rotation ........ BU   $ 2.50
     
  7. 1965 type 3 ........................ RED MS-63   $ 0.50
  8. 1965 type 3 ........................ RED MS-64   $ 6.50
  9. 1965 type 3 ........................ RED MS-65   $65.00
     
  10. 1965 type 4 ............................ AU-50   $12.00
  11. 1965 type 4 ........................ RED MS-60   $18.00
  12. 1965 type 4 ........................ RED MS-62   $25.00
  13. 1965 type 4 .. mostly red (finger print) MS-63   $35.00
  14. 1965 type 4 ........................ RED MS-63   $45.00
  15. 1965 type 4 ........................ RED MS-64   $75.00
  16. 1965 type 4 ................... PCGS RED MS-65  $240.00
  17. 1965 type 4 ................... ICCS RED MS-65  $240.00
  18. 1965 type 4 ........................ RED MS-65  $240.00

1966 CENT


  1. 1966 ................................... MS-63   $ 0.50
  2. 1966 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75

1967 CENT

In celebration of Canada's 100th anniversary of Confederation, all coins issued depicting an animal common to Canada, with a dove by Alex Covillie on the 1 cent. These were struck in huge numbers and are very common now, even in grades up to MS-63. Lesser one have very little value.


  1. 1967, Dove ................................ BU   $ 0.50
  2. 1967, Dove ......................... RED MS-64   $ 6.50
  3. 1967, Dove ......................... RED MS-65   $17.00
  4. 1967, Dove ........................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  5. 1967, Dove ....... cameo both sides PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  6. 1967, Dove ......... cameo obverse SPECIMEN-63   $ 0.50
  7. 1967, Dove .......................... SPECIMEN   $ 0.50
  8. 1967, Dove ........ cameo both sides, SPECIMEN   $ 2.00
  9. 1967, Dove .............. heavy cameo SPECIMEN   $ 3.50

1968 CENT


  1. 1968 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  2. 1968 ........................ cameo PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00

1969 CENT


  1. 1969 ............................... red MS-63   $ 0.50
  2. 1969 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  3. 1969 .................. heavy cameo PROOF-LIKE   $ 4.00

1970 CENT


  1. 1970 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75

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. I 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 I list a coin as a specimen, it is because I 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 CENT


  1. 1971 ............................... red MS-63   $ 0.50
  2. 1971 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  3. 1971 ................................ cameo PL   $ 1.00
  4. 1971 .............. ICCS red ultra cameo PL-66  $100.00

1972 CENT


  1. 1972 ............................... red MS-64   $ 6.50
  2. 1972 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75

1973 CENT


  1. 1973 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75

1974 CENT


  1. 1974 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  2. 1974 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.25
  3. 1974 mint error, clipped flan ..... CIRCULATED   $ 1.00

1975 CENT


  1. 1975 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  2. 1975 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.25

1976 CENT


  1. 1976 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  2. 1976 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.25

1977 CENT


  1. 1977 ............................... red MS-63   $ 0.50
  2. 1977 ............................... red MS-64   $ 8.00
  3. 1977 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  4. 1977 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.25

1978 CENT


  1. 1978 ............................... red MS-64   $ 8.00
  2. 1978 ............................... red MS-65   $16.00
  3. 1978 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  4. 1978 ICCS NUMISMATIC BU (PROOF-LIKE) RED MS-67   $32.50
  5. 1978 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.25

1979 CENT


  1. 1979 ............................... red MS-63   $ 0.50
  2. 1979 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  3. 1979 ICCS NUMISMATIC BU (PROOF-LIKE) RED MS-67   $32.50

1980 CENT

1980 saw a change in the 1 cent coins that was largely unnoticed by the public. The designs and alloy remain the same but the weight was reduced from 3.24 grams to only 2.8 grams by reducing the diameter from 19.05 mm to 19.00 mm, and the thickness from about 1.5 mm to 1.38 mm. a 0.44 gram reduction in weight does no sound like much, but with a mintage of about 1 billion coins per year, the raw material savings to the mint was huge.


  1. 1980 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  2. 1980 ICCS NUMISMATIC BU (PROOF-LIKE) RED MS-67   $32.50
  3. 1980 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.25

1981 CENT


  1. 1981 ................................... MS-63   $ 0.50
  2. 1981 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  3. 1981 ................................... PROOF   $ 2.00

1982 CENT

In 1982 the weigh was further reduced from 2.8 grams to only 2.5 grams and while the size actually increased from 19.00 mm to 19.1 mm, the shape was changed by making the previously round coins 12 sided which is equivalent to cutting off a small amount of metal at 12 points around the edge. While the alloys remain the same, there was a very minor design modification to the reverse where the denticle border was replaced by a beaded border.


  1. 1982 ............................... red MS-63   $ 0.50
  2. 1982 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  3. 1982 ................................... PROOF   $ 2.00


1983 CENT

There are two varieties in 1983 where the beads around the Queen's head can be near or far from the rim, with the far bead the more common. These exist in all striking types: MS, Proof-like, Specimen and Proof. I find this variety very difficult to differentiate even when looking at the pictures of them in the Charlton book.


  1. 1983 far bead ..................... PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  2. 1983 far bead .......................... PROOF   $ 2.00

1984 CENT


  1. 1984 ............................... red MS-63   $ 0.50
  2. 1984 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  3. 1984 ................................... PROOF   $ 2.00

1985 CENT

There are two varieties in how the 5 is shown on 1985 1 cents. The very common blunt 5 is straight up and down on the top front of the 5 and can be found in all striking qualities. On the rare pointed 5 the top right part of the 5 angles to the right pointing towards the maple leaf, and only occurs in circulation (MS) strikes, never in mint sets. We very seldom have a pointed 5 available.


  1. 1985 blunt 5 ...................... PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  2. 1985 blunt 5 ........................... PROOF   $ 2.00
     
  3. 1985 pointed 5 .................... red MS-63   $35.00

1986 CENT


  1. 1986 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  2. 1986 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.00

1987 CENT


  1. 1987 ............................... red MS-63   $ 0.50
  2. 1987 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  3. 1987 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.00

1988 CENT


  1. 1988 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  2. 1988 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.50
  3. 1988 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.00

1989 CENT


  1. 1989 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  2. 1989 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.00

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ELIZABETH II

Crowned Head Series

canada 2003 1 cent
IMAGE OF 1990 to 1991, 1993 to 2001, and 2003, TYPE ONLY

1990 saw and update the Queen's portrait to a more mature style wearing a crown, designed by Dora de Pedery-Hunt. This issue caused some concern when many people noticed the Queen was wearing a King's crown rather than a Queen's crown, and people thought it was an error that would be recalled. That crown was designed for George IV around 1830 to be a comfortable light weight crown, and has been worn by every King and Queen (including Elizabeth) since then, and is the correct crown for the design of these coins. Kruger-Gray's maple leaf design remains on the reverse, as does the alloy of 98% copper, 0.5% tin and 1.5% zinc, with 12 sides at 19.1 mm and 2.5 grams.


1990 CENT


  1. 1990 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
  2. 1990 ................................... PROOF   $ 4.00

1991 CENT


  1. 1991 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.75
  2. 1991 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 2.00
  3. 1991 ................................... PROOF   $ 4.00

1992 was Canada's 125th anniversary of confederation, so most 1992 coins were double dated, with "1867 - 1992". All else remained the same and in 1993, the single dating resumed.


1992 CENT


  1. 1992, double dated ................. red MS-63   $ 0.50
  2. 1992, double dated ................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
  3. 1992, double dated .................. SPECIMEN   $ 1.50
  4. 1992, double dated ..................... PROOF   $ 3.50

1993 CENT


  1. 1993 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
  2. 1993 ICCS NUMISMATIC BU (PROOF-LIKE) RED MS-67   $32.50
  3. 1993 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.50

1994 CENT


  1. 1994 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
  2. 1994 ICCS NUMISMATIC BU (PROOF-LIKE) RED MS-67   $32.50
  3. 1994 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.50
  4. 1994 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.50

1995 CENT


  1. 1995 ............................... red MS-63   $ 0.50
  2. 1995 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
  3. 1995 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.50

Starting with 1996, on 1 cents with the proof-like strikes, the finish is different than in previous years. Instead of the overall high lustre finish over the entire coins, the 1996 cents have a matte finish with high lustre only on the portrait and maple leaves. The result is more like a reverse of the cameo proofs, although the degree of contrast is not consistent and some are slightly more dramatic than others.


1996 CENT


  1. 1996 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.50
  2. 1996 ................................... PROOF   $ 5.00

1997 saw a major change in the cent coins. The basic designs remained the same with the mature crowned bust of the Queen by Dora de Pedery-Hunt, and reverse maple leaf design by Kruger-Gray, but the alloy was changed to pure zinc core plated with copper. The coins again become round (rather than 12 sided) and are 19.05 mm with the weight reduced to 2.25 grams. From 1997 to 2000 all 1 cent in MS, Proof-like and specimens striking are on the copper plated zinc core flans, but Proof coins continue to be struck on solid bronze flans. I recently examined a 1997 specimen set, and found no clear distinction between the Proof-like and specimen 1 cents as both had the matte backgrounds and higher lustre designs.


1997 CENT


  1. 1997 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.75
  2. 1997 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 2.50
  3. 1997 ................................... PROOF   $ 5.00

1998 CENT

In 1998, the Mint experimented with proof-like and specimen sets struck at Winnipeg with a small "W" to the lower front of the Queen's head. The experiment was abandoned part way through the year after which such sets were only at Ottawa without the "W". All circulation strike (MS) and Proof coins were struck at Ottawa without the "W".


  1. 1998 W ............................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
     
  2. 1998 Ottawa ....................... PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
  3. 1998 Ottawa ......................... SPECIMEN   $ 2.50
  4. 1998 Ottawa ............................ PROOF   $ 5.00

In 1999, the mint sets were all minted in Ottawa so do not have a mint mark. The proof-like coins all have the high lustre finish while the specimen coins have the vague reverse cameo finish. I have noted that a high percentage of 1999 proof-like cents have a surface with a lot of very small (nearly microscopic) bubbles, probably resulting from problems with the plating process while copper plating the coins with the zinc core. If ordering one of these in Proof-like striking you should expect it to have that feature. The Specimen strikes do not seem to have this problem, nor do the proof strikes while are solid bronze blanks so are not plated.


1999 CENT


  1. 1999 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
  2. 1999 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 2.00
  3. 1999 ................................... PROOF   $ 5.00

1999 P TEST CENT

In 1999, as a cost saving measure, the Canadian Mint made plans to strike 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 cent coins on plated steel blanks with were first nickel plated, then copper plated and then for all denominations other than the 1 cent nickel plated again. A small "P" was placed below the Queen's portrait indicating they are on plated steel cored blanks. No 1999 "P" coins were issued for circulation but rather were test coins so vending machine companies could calibrate their machines to accept these coins, after which they were supposed to return them to the mint. A few ended up on the market at very high prices, so the mint got in on the action and made about 20,000 sets to sell to collectors.

The packaging was similar to Proof-like sets, so I call them Proof-likes, although their exact status is not certain.


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

2000 CENT

Most 2000 coins in all striking qualities have nothing below the Queen's bust, a few very rare examples exist with the P and are accidental released test coins. Some of the PL and specimen coins come with the W for Winnipeg below the bust. PL coins have a high lustre even finish. Specimen coins have high lustre images with matte backgrounds.


  1. 2000 ................................... MS-63   $ 0.50
  2. 2000 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
  3. 2000 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 2.00
  4. 2000 ................................... PROOF   $ 5.00
     
  5. 2000 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.50
  6. 2000 W .ICCS NUMISM. BU (PROOF-LIKE) RED MS-67   $32.50

Starting in 2001, 1 cent coins come in three alloys. MS, Proof-like and specimens coins are found with a P (for plated) below the Queen's portrait if the flans are copper plated on steel, without the P if the flans are copper plated zinc, and all proof coins are on solid metal flans with nothing below the Queen's bust. Proof strikes can be on either bronze or pure copper flans depending on the year.


2001 CENT


  1. 2001 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
  2. 2001 ................................... PROOF   SOLD
     
  3. 2001 P ............................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
  4. 2001 P .............................. SPECIMEN   $ 1.50

2002 cent

2002 CENT

2002 cents are part of a special commemorative issue for the Queen's 50th anniversary, so the dates have been moved from the reverse to below the Queen's portrait on the obverse and they have used the double date "1952-2002" below the bust, to commemorate her 50th anniversary as Queen.


  1. 2002 P ............................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
     
  2. 2002 ................................... PROOF   $ 5.00

2003 CENT

2003 is a slightly interesting year for Canadian coins, as it is both the last year with coins showing Queen Elizabeth with the crowned portrait, and the first year for the new uncrowned portrait also known as the "Coronation Portrait" introduced to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her coronation and which became the standard portrait after 2003. Both portrait types were produced on both copper plated zinc flans without a P, copper plated steel flans with the P, bronze flans for the Proof quality. 2003 was also the last year in which I see the "W" on some coins to indicate the Winnipeg mint, and the only year in which some coins have both the W and P.

There were also two specialty cents in 2003. A type only issued in Proof and struck on copper blanks, showing a young head of the Queen as she looked on the 1953 issues, commemorating the 50th anniversary of her coronation with the dates 1953 and 2003 flanking her portrait. The second is also in proof only but on copper plated zinc blanks with gold plating on the maple leaves, for inclusion in the cover of mint reports (they were made from 2003 to 2006 that way).


  1. 2003 crowned head ................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
     
  2. 2003 P crowned head ............... PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.75
  3. 2003 P CR HD, ICCS NUMISM. BU (PL) . RED MS-66   $12.50
     
  4. 2003 WP uncrowned head ............ PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
     
  5. 2003 mint report (gold leaves) .. spotty PROOF   SOLD

2004 and all later dates use the uncrowned portrait. Circulation strike (MS) coins occur on both copper plated steel flans with the P below the Queen's head, and copper plated zinc flans without the P. Proof-like and specimen coins only exist with the P on plated steel blanks. Proof coins are on pure copper flans without the P. As with the previous few years, Proof-like coins have an over all even lustre while Specimen strikes have high lustre designs with matte backgrounds. Proof strikes with gold plated leafs exist on copper plated zinc flans for the mint report covers.


2004 CENT


  1. 2004 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
  2. 2004 ................................... PROOF   SOLD
     
  3. 2004 P ............................ PROOF-LIKE   SOLD
  4. 2004 P .............................. SPECIMEN   SOLD

2005 CENT

2005 circulation strike (MS) coins are found on copper plated steel flans with the P and copper plated zinc flans without the P. Proof coins are on pure copper flans. As with the previous few years, Proof-like coins have an over all even lustre while Specimen strikes have high lustre designs with matte backgrounds. Proof strikes with gold plated leaf also exist on copper plated zinc flans for the mint report covers.


  1. 2005 P ............................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
     
  2. 2005 ................................... PROOF   $12.50

2006 is the year the mint logo first appears Canadian 1 cents, but only later in 2006. Early 2006 use the P and non-P to indicate copper plated steel, and copper plated zinc flans. Later in 2006 and all following years have the mint logo (a stylized maple leaf in a circle) below the portrait and only way to tell them a part is with a magnet. As with previous years, Proof strikes are on non-plated blanks and do not have anything below the bust.


2006 CENT

With all the different P, no-P, and logo dies in use in 2006, errors occur and both P non-magnetic and non-P non-logo magnetic coins are known.


  1. 2006 ................................... PROOF   $12.00
     
  2. 2006 P ............................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 6.00
  3. 2006 P .............................. SPECIMEN   SOLD
     
  4. 2006 LOGO MAGNETIC ................ PROOF-LIKE   SOLD
     
  5. 2006 LOGO mag., ICCS NUMISM. BU (PL) RED MS-67   SOLD

2007 CENT


  1. 2007 LOGO mag., ICCS NUMISM. BU (PL) RED MS-66   $12.50

2008 CENT


  1. 2008 LOGO mag . ICCS NUMISM. BU (PL) RED MS-67   $32.50

2009 CENT


  1. 2009 LOGO mag . ICCS NUMISM. BU (PL) RED MS-67   $32.50
     
  2. 2009 LOGO .............................. PROOF   SOLD

2010 CENT


  1. 2010 LOGO non-magnetic ............ PROOF-LIKE   SOLD
     
  2. 2010 LOGO .............................. PROOF   SOLD


Beginning with 2011 the mint putting intentionally superior quality coins for the standard mint sets but rather used Mint State (MS) coins that had not gone through most mint handling processes. As a result, these coins no longer have the higher lustre that made PL coins obviously different from MS coins in previous years. As there is no longer a way to differentiate an MS coin taken from a set, from the same MS grade taken from a bank roll, there is no reason to price them differently and as a MS-65 from a set is only worth about $2.00, in spite of what the price guides say an MS-65 from a roll is now also only worth about $2.00. This has the odd result that from here on out, MS-64 coin will now be rarer (although of lesser value) than MS-65 examples as most of the coins in sets are MS-65 or better. I also have to question why anyone would want to pay significant premiums for mint sets, of they are not getting anything special for that premium.


2011 CENT


  1. 2011 LOGO non-magnetic .. (from a set) . MS-65   $ 2.00
     
  2. 2011 LOGO .............................. PROOF   SOLD

2012 CENT


  1. 2012 LOGO non-magnetic .. (from a roll) ... BU   $ 0.50
     
  2. 2012 LOGO magnetic ........................ BU   $ 0.50
  3. 2012 LOGO magnetic ....(from a set) .... MS-65   $ 1.50
  4. 2012 LOGO magnetic ... (from a set) ICCS MS-67   $30.00

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT TO AVOID CONFUSION, WHEN I SAY A COIN IS A PROOF-LIKE, IT IS FROM A MINT SET AND IS WHAT THE MINT AND STANDARD REFERENCES REFER TO AS A "NON-CIRCULATING NUMISMATIC MS", a term I do not like as it causes confusion to some collectors who don't understand the difference and why a real MS from a Bank roll can be worth far more than a "non-circulating numismatic MS" in even higher grades. I have seen unscrupulous sellers presenting "non-circulating numismatic MS" simply labeled as "MS" and ask real MS prices.



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