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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 collectors at all levels from beginner to advanced. I price from the Canadian Coin News trend sheet, offering most coins well below the values listed there other than for coins under $2.00 which are listed at the trend sheet price. I grade conservatively and describe any significant defects, including many most dealers would consider to minor to mention. If you ever receive a coin from me that is not to your satisfaction, it can be returned for a full refund. For those new to coin collecting and un-familiar with the grading codes that preceded each price, 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 ..................... light scratch VF-30   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 ......... ICCS red and brown MS-63   SOLD
     
  2. 1859 narrow low 9 ..... uneven color .... F-15   SOLD
     
  3. 1859 WIDE 9/8, medal ................... VF-30  $110.00
  4. 1859 WIDE 9/8, medal .............. ICCS VF-30  $110.00
  5. 1859 WIDE 9/8, medal .............. ICCS EF-40  $140.00
     
  6. 1859 DOUBLE PUNCH #1 .............. ICCS XF-40   SOLD
     
  7. 1859 DOUBLE PUNCH #2 .............. ICCS VF-30  $190.00
  8. 1859 DOUBLE PUNCH #2 .............. ICCS EF-45  $325.00

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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 ............................. mark VG-8   $ 3.50
  2. 1876 H ....................... rim nicks VG-10   $ 3.50
  3. 1876 H ................................. VG-10   $ 4.50
  4. 1876 H ................... slightly rough F-12   $ 3.50
  5. 1876 H ............................ marks F-12   $14.50
  6. 1876 H .................................. F-15   $ 6.00
  7. 1876 H .................... uneven color VF-20   $ 4.00
  8. 1876 H ................ many small marks VF-20   $ 4.00
  9. 1876 H .................... once cleaned VF-20   $ 4.00
  10. 1876 H ........................... marks VF-20   $ 5.00
  11. 1876 H ................................. VF-20   $ 6.50
  12. 1876 H ................... faint scratch VF-30   $ 6.50
  13. 1876 H ................................. VF-30   $10.00

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 ................. large dark spots F-15   $ 5.00
  2. 1881 H .................................. F-15   $10.00
  3. 1881 H ................................. VF-20   $12.50
  4. 1881 H ................................. VF-30   $16.00
  5. 1881 H ................................. AU-50   $40.00

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 ......................... G-4   $ 3.50
  2. 1882 H Obverse 1 ................. cleaned G-6   $ 3.50
     
  3. 1882 H Obverse 2 ......................... G-6   $ 3.00
  4. 1882 H Obverse 2 ........................ F-12   $ 5.00
  5. 1882 H Obverse 2 ........ slightly rough VF-20   $ 3.50
  6. 1882 H Obverse 2 ....................... VF-20   $ 6.50
  7. 1882 H Obverse 2 ....................... VF-30   $ 9.50
  8. 1882 H Obverse 2 .......... uneven color XF-40   $10.00

1884 CENT

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


  1. 1884 Obverse 1 .................... ICCS VG-10  $140.00
  2. 1884 Obverse 1 ......................... VF-20  $245.00
     
  3. 1884 Obverse 2 ................... scratch G-6   $ 2.00
  4. 1884 Obverse 2 ........................... G-6   $ 3.50
  5. 1884 Obverse 2 ............. old cleaning VG-8   $ 2.50
  6. 1884 Obverse 2 ..................... mark VG-8   $ 2.50
  7. 1884 Obverse 2 .......................... VG-8   $ 4.25
  8. 1884 Obverse 2 .......................... F-15   $ 7.00

1886 CENT

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


  1. 1886 Obverse 1 ........................... G-6   $12.50
     
  2. 1886 Obverse 2 ......................... VG-10   $ 7.00
  3. 1886 Obverse 2 .......................... F-12   $ 9.00
  4. 1886 Obverse 2 .......................... F-15   $12.00
  5. 1886 Obverse 2 ........... faint scratch VF-20   $12.00
  6. 1886 Obverse 2 ......................... VF-20   $15.00
  7. 1886 Obverse 2 ......................... VF-30   $21.50

1887 CENT

Only obverse 2 occurs in 1887.


  1. 1887 ................................... VF-30   $13.50
  2. 1887 ................................... XF-45   $28.00

1888 CENT

Only obverse 2 occurs in 1888.


  1. 1888 ..................................... G-6   $ 2.50
  2. 1888 ........................ trace rough VG-8   $ 2.50
  3. 1888 .............................. marks VG-8   $ 2.50
  4. 1888 .................................... VG-8   $ 3.50
  5. 1888 ........................... cleaned VG-10   $ 2.50
  6. 1888 ................................... VG-10   $ 3.75
  7. 1888 .......................... edge nick F-12   $ 4.00
  8. 1888 .......................... minor dig F-12   $ 4.00
  9. 1888 ..................... slightly rough F-12   $ 2.50
  10. 1888 .......................... scratches F-12   $ 2.50
  11. 1888 .......................... old clean F-12   $ 3.50
  12. 1888 .......................... old clean F-12   $ 3.50
  13. 1888 .............................. marks F-12   $ 3.25
  14. 1888 .................................... F-12   $ 4.25
  15. 1888 .............. cleaned, mark in hair F-15   $ 3.50
  16. 1888 ...................... faint scratch F-15   $ 3.75
  17. 1888 .................................... F-15   $ 5.00
  18. 1888 ................................... VF-20   $ 6.00
  19. 1888 ................................... VF-30   $ 8.00

No Canadian 1 cent coins were minted in 1889.


1890 CENT

Only obverse 3 occurs in 1890.


  1. 1890 H .................................. VG-8   $ 8.00
  2. 1890 H ...................... trace rough F-12   $ 6.50
  3. 1890 H .................................. F-12   $12.50
  4. 1890 H ...................... light marks F-15   $12.50
  5. 1890 H .................................. F-15   $16.50
  6. 1890 H ................. light scratches VF-20   $12.50
  7. 1890 H ................................. VF-20   $20.00
  8. 1890 H ................................. VF-30   $25.00

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 ..................... F-15   $16.00
  3. 1891 LDLL obverse 2 ........ light marks VF-20   $16.00
  4. 1891 LDLL obverse 2 ...... minor scratch VF-20   $16.00
  5. 1891 LDLL obverse 2 .................... VF-20   $20.00
  6. 1891 LDLL obverse 2 .................... VF-30   $31.50
  7. 1891 LDLL obverse 2 .................... XF-40   $42.00
     
  8. 1891 LDLL obverse 3 ..................... VG-8   $10.00
  9. 1891 LDLL obverse 3 .................... VG-10   $12.50
  10. 1891 LDLL obverse 3 ..................... F-12   $15.00
  11. 1891 LDLL obverse 2 ..................... F-15   $14.00
  12. 1891 LDLL obverse 3 .................... VF-30   $38.50
     
  13. 1891 SDLL obverse 2 ................ ICCS F-15  $135.00
     
  14. 1891 SDSL obverse 2 .................... XF-40  $325.00

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 3 ......... planchet defect VF-20   $12.00
     
  2. 1892 obverse 4 .......................... F-15   SOLD

From 1893 to 1901 only obverse 4 was used, so I will not mention any obverse types for those dates.


1893 CENT


  1. 1893 ............................... VG-10/G-6   $ 3.50
  2. 1893 ........................ light marks F-15   $ 4.75
  3. 1893 .................................... F-15   $ 6.00
  4. 1893 ................................... VF-20   $ 7.50
  5. 1893 ....................... light marks VF-30   $ 8.00
  6. 1893 ................................... VF-30   $10.00
  7. 1893 ................... light scratches XF-40   $ 8.00

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 .......................... marks VG-8/G-6   $10.00
  2. 1894 ......................... edge nicks VG-8   $11.00
  3. 1894 .................................... F-12   $18.00
  4. 1894 .................... minor rim bumps F-15   $16.00
  5. 1894 .................................... F-15   $21.50
  6. 1894 ................................... VF-20   $24.00
  7. 1894 ................................... AU-55   $95.00
     
  8. 1894 thick 4 ........................... VF-30   SOLD

1895 CENT


  1. 1895 ................................... VG-10   $ 8.00
  2. 1895 .......................... scratches F-12   $10.00
  3. 1895 .................................... F-12   $10.00
  4. 1895 ............................ cleaned F-15   $ 5.00
  5. 1895 ........................ light marks F-15   $ 8.00
  6. 1895 .......................... scratches F-15   $ 6.00
  7. 1895 ......................... edge nicks F-15   $ 8.00
  8. 1895 .............. ing at top of reverse F-15   $ 8.00
  9. 1895 .................................... F-15   $13.00
  10. 1895 ........................ rough spot VF-20   $10.00
  11. 1895 ................................... VF-20   $16.50
  12. 1895 ......................... edge nick VF-30   $15.00
  13. 1895 ................................... VF-30   $21.00
  14. 1895 .................... weak denticles XF-40   $16.50

1896 CENT

There are two varieties in 1896 with most of the coin a very evenly spaced date but on a few examples the 6 is farther from the 9 resulting in what is known as the FAR 6 variety. The easiest way to tell the difference is that on the regular variety the 6 is centered below the NT of CENTS, but on the Far 6 variety the right edge of the 6 is below the left edge of the T.


  1. 1896 .................................... VG-8   $ 4.00
  2. 1896 .................................... F-12   $ 5.00
  3. 1896 ........................ small marks F-15   $ 4.00
  4. 1896 .................................... F-15   $ 6.00
  5. 1896 ....................... light marks VF-20   $ 5.75
  6. 1896 ................................... VF-20   $ 7.50
  7. 1896 ......................... edge nick VF-30   $ 6.50
  8. 1896 ..... thread strike though below 8, VF-30   $10.00
  9. 1896 ................................... VF-30   $10.00
  10. 1896 ................... faint scratches XF-40   $12.00
  11. 1896 ................................... XF-40   $12.50
  12. 1896 ................................... XF-45   $18.00
  13. 1896 ................................... AU-50   $24.00
     
  14. 1896 far 6 ............................. VG-10   SOLD

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 ........................ minor mark VF-20   $ 6.00
  2. 1897 ................................... VF-20   $ 7.50
  3. 1897 ................................... VF-30   $10.00
  4. 1897 ...................... once cleaned XF-40   $ 8.00

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 ....................... large digs VG-8   $ 2.50
  2. 1898 H ............................. VG-8/aG-3   $ 3.25
  3. 1898 H .................. light scratches F-12   $ 5.00
  4. 1898 H ......................... scratch VF-20   $10.00
  5. 1898 H ............... area of corrosion VF-20   $ 5.00
  6. 1898 H ................................. VF-20   $18.00
  7. 1898 H ........................ rim nick VF-30   $16.00
  8. 1898 H ..................... light marks VF-30   $20.00
  9. 1898 H ................................. VF-30   $24.00
  10. 1898 H ................................. XF-40   $29.50

1899 CENT


  1. 1899 .............. mark and old cleaning F-15   $ 3.50
  2. 1899 ................................... VF-20   $ 6.50
  3. 1899 ................................... VF-30   $ 9.00
  4. 1899 ..................... faint scratch XF-40   $ 8.00
  5. 1899 ........................ trace mark XF-40   $10.00
  6. 1899 ........................ ICCS brown MS-60   $48.50
  7. 1899 ......................... trace red MS-60   $49.50

1900 CENT


  1. 1900 ................................ F-12/G-6   $ 8.00
  2. 1900 ........................ light marks F-12   $10.00
  3. 1900 .................................... F-12   $13.50
  4. 1900 ................................... VF-20   $20.00
  5. 1900 ................................... VF-30   $29.50
  6. 1900 .............................. ICCS XF-40   $38.50
  7. 1900 ................................... XF-45   $55.00
  8. 1900 ................................... AU-50   $72.50
  9. 1900 .............................. ICCS AU-55  $110.00

1900 H CENT


  1. 1900 H ................................. VF-30   $ 7.75
  2. 1900 H ................................. XF-40   $10.00
  3. 1900 H ................................. XF-45   $15.00
  4. 1900 H .............. ICCS red and brown MS-62   $56.00

1901 CENT


  1. 1901 .................................... F-12   $ 4.25
  2. 1901 ................................ F-15/G-6   $ 3.75
  3. 1901 .................................... F-15   $ 4.75
  4. 1901 .............................. VF-20/VG-8   $ 4.00
  5. 1901 ....................... minor marks VF-20   $ 4.00
  6. 1901 ................. rough spot on rim VF-20   $ 4.00
  7. 1901 ................................... VF-20   $ 5.75
  8. 1901 ................................... VF-30   $ 8.00
  9. 1901 ..................... faint scratch XF-40   $ 8.00
  10. 1901 ....................... light marks XF-40   $ 8.00
  11. 1901 ...................... uneven color XF-40   $ 8.00
  12. 1901 ................................... XF-40   $ 9.75
  13. 1901 ............... reverse rough spots XF-45   $ 6.50
  14. 1901 ........................ tiny marks XF-45   $10.00
  15. 1901 ................................... XF-45   $15.00
  16. 1901 ........................... cleaned AU-50   $10.00
  17. 1901 .......................... rim bump AU-50   $13.50
  18. 1901 ................................... AU-50   $20.00
  19. 1901 ...................... uneven color AU-55   $16.00
  20. 1901 ....... rough area and uneven color AU-55   $16.00
  21. 1901 ................................... AU-55   $34.50
  22. 1901 .......................... ICCS red MS-65  $625.00

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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 ................................... VF-30   $ 5.75
  2. 1902 ................................... XF-40   $ 7.50
  3. 1902 ...................... uneven color XF-45   $ 7.50
  4. 1902 ................................... AU-55   $18.00
  5. 1902 ................ ICCS red and brown MS-62   $38.50
  6. 1902 .......................... ICCS RED MS-63   $67.50

1903 CENT


  1. 1903 ................................... XF-40   $ 7.25
  2. 1903 ............................. brown MS-60   $28.50

1904 CENT


  1. 1904 ................................... VF-30   $ 8.00

1905 CENT


  1. 1905 ................................... VF-20   $ 8.00
  2. 1905 ................................... XF-45   $17.50

1906 CENT


  1. 1906 .................................... VG-8   $ 2.25
  2. 1906 ................................... VG-10   $ 2.00
  3. 1906 ................................ F-12/G-4   $ 2.00
  4. 1906 .................................... F-12   $ 3.00
  5. 1906 ................................... VF-20   $ 4.00
  6. 1906 ............................. spots XF-45   $ 6.50
  7. 1906 .............................. mark XF-45   $ 6.50
  8. 1906 ................................... XF-45   $12.00
  9. 1906 ......................... dark spot Au-50   $15.00
  10. 1906 ................................... Au-50   $16.50

1907 CENT


  1. 1907 ................................... VF-30   $ 7.00

1907 H CENT


  1. 1907 H ...................... rough areas VG-8   $ 8.00
  2. 1907 H ...................... rough areas F-15   $15.00
  3. 1907 H .................... large scratch F-15   $15.00
  4. 1907 H .................................. F-15   $24.50
  5. 1907 H ................... faint scratch VF-20   $23.00
  6. 1907 H ................................. VF-20   $29.50
  7. 1907 H ............................ ICCS VF-30   $38.50
  8. 1907 H ................... mark on cheek XF-45   $52.50
  9. 1907 H ................................. XF-45   $65.00
  10. 1907 H ..................... minor marks AU-50   $57.50

The Royal Canadian Mint opened in Ottawa in 1908 after which nearly all Canadian coins were minted in Canada. While the designs and alloy specification remain the same, there appears to be some type of change in the metalurgy. When they tone they are often a paler brown than earlier coins, and if cleaned have are more yellow-brown color. Often there are streakes of brighter yellow that does not tone as much as the rest of the coin, which if light does not affect thengs but when more dramatic I personally find somewhat un-attractive (I will describe it when dramatic). I don't know enough about the alloys to say what changed, but I suspect there is an increase in the zinc content in some specimens (that could cause the yellower color and different toning) and poorer quality mixing of the alloys than was done in England would explain the streaks.


1908 CENT


  1. 1908 .................................... F-15   $ 5.00
  2. 1908 ................................... VF-20   $ 5.50
  3. 1908 ................................... VF-30   $ 8.00
  4. 1908 ....................... light marks XF-45   $10.00
  5. 1908 ................................... XF-45   $15.50
  6. 1908 ................................... AU-50   $20.00
  7. 1908 ........................ ICCS BROWN MS-60   $42.50

1909 CENT


  1. 1909 .................................... VG-8   $ 2.00
  2. 1909 .................................... F-12   $ 2.50
  3. 1909 ............................ streaky F-15   $ 2.50
  4. 1909 .................................... F-15   $ 3.00
  5. 1909 ...................... uneven color VF-30   $ 3.25
  6. 1909 ................................... VF-30   $ 5.00
  7. 1909 ................................... XF-45   $10.00

1910 CENT


  1. 1910 ................................... VG-10   $ 2.25
  2. 1910 .................................... F-12   $ 2.50
  3. 1910 .................................... F-15   $ 3.00
  4. 1910 ........................ rough spot VF-20   $ 2.25
  5. 1910 ................................... VF-20   $ 3.25
  6. 1910 ....................... light marks VF-30   $ 3.00
  7. 1910 ................................... VF-30   $ 4.50
  8. 1910 ......................... edge nick XF-45   $ 5.75
  9. 1910 ................ ICCS red and brown MS-62   $45.00

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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 ........................... VG-10   $ 1.75
  2. 1911 Godless ............................ F-12   $ 2.00
  3. 1911 Godless ............................ F-15   $ 2.25
  4. 1911 Godless ........................... VF-30   $ 3.25
  5. 1911 Godless ........................... XF-40   $ 4.00
  6. 1911 Godless ........ ICCS red and brown MS-62   $37.50

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

1912 CENT


  1. 1912 .................................... F-15   $ 2.50
  2. 1912 ....................... light marks VF-20   $ 2.50
  3. 1912 ................................... VF-20   $ 3.25
  4. 1912 ................................... XF-40   $ 4.75
  5. 1912 ...................... uneven color AU-50   $10.00

1913 CENT


  1. 1913 .................................... F-15   $ 2.25
  2. 1913 ................................... VF-20   $ 2.50
  3. 1913 ........................... scratch VF-30   $ 2.50
  4. 1913 ................................... VF-30   $ 3.75
  5. 1913 ................................... XF-40   $ 5.00
  6. 1913 ................................... XF-45   $ 8.50
  7. 1913 ...................... uneven color AU-50   $10.00
  8. 1913 ................................... AU-50   $12.00
  9. 1913 .................... lustrous brown AU-55   $23.00
  10. 1913 .......................... ICCS red MS-65  $750.00

1914 CENT


  1. 1914 .............................. spot VF-30   $ 3.50
  2. 1914 ................................... VF-30   $ 4.25
  3. 1914 .................... ICCS trace red MS-60   $42.50
  4. 1914 ......................... trace red MS-63   $69.50

1915 CENT


  1. 1915 ................................... VG-10   $ 1.50
  2. 1915 .................................... F-12   $ 2.00
  3. 1915 .................................... F-15   $ 2.25
  4. 1915 ................................... VF-20   $ 2.50
  5. 1915 ........................... cleaned VF-30   $ 2.00
  6. 1915 ................................... VF-30   $ 3.75
  7. 1915 ................................... XF-40   $ 5.00
  8. 1915 ............... ICCS lustrous brown MS-62   $48.50
  9. 1915 ................ ICCS red and brown MS-62   $49.50
  10. 1915 ................ ICCS red and brown MS-63   $60.00
  11. 1915 ................ ICCS red and brown MS-64   $95.00

1916 CENT


  1. 1916 ................................... VG-10   $ 1.25
  2. 1916 .................................... F-12   $ 1.50
  3. 1916 .................................... F-15   $ 1.75
  4. 1916 ................................... VF-20   $ 2.00
  5. 1916 ....................... trace marks VF-30   $ 2.00
  6. 1916 ................................... VF-30   $ 2.50
  7. 1916 ................................... XF-40   $ 3.25
  8. 1916 ................................... XF-45   $ 5.75
  9. 1916 ......................... trace red MS-62   $20.00

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
  7. 1917 ............. slightly uneven color XF-40   $ 2.50
  8. 1917 ................................... XF-40   $ 3.25

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   $ 3.25
  8. 1918 ................................... XF-45   $ 4.50
  9. 1918 ................................... AU-50   $ 5.75
  10. 1918 ............................. brown MS-62   $24.50
  11. 1918 ..................... red and brown MS-62   $24.50
  12. 1918 ................ ICCS red and brown MS-63   $38.50

1919 CENT


  1. 1919 ................................... VG-10   $ 1.25
  2. 1919 .................................... F-12   $ 1.50
  3. 1919 .................................... F-15   $ 1.75
  4. 1919 ................................... VF-20   $ 2.00
  5. 1919 ........................... cleaned VF-30   $ 1.75
  6. 1919 ................................... VF-30   $ 2.50
  7. 1919 ................................... XF-40   $ 3.25
  8. 1919 ................................... XF-45   $ 4.50
  9. 1919 ..................... red and brown MS-63   $38.50

1920 LARGE CENT


  1. 1920 (large) ................ ICCS brown MS-60   SOLD
     

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) ...................... VF-20   SOLD

1921 CENT


  1. 1921 .................................... F-15   $ 1.50
  2. 1921 ................................... VF-20   $ 2.00
  3. 1921 ................................... AU-50   $12.50
  4. 1921 ................................... AU-55   $22.50
  5. 1921 .............................. ICCS AU-55   $22.50
  6. 1921 ................ ICCS red and brown MS-62   $65.00

1922 CENT

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


  1. 1922 .......................... scratches VG-8   $12.50
  2. 1922 ........................ heavy marks F-12   $15.00
  3. 1922 .............................. marks F-12   $18.50
  4. 1922 .................................... F-15   $25.00
  5. 1922 ....................... light marks VF-20   $25.00
  6. 1922 .............................. ICCS VF-20   $28.50
  7. 1922 ................................... VF-30   $39.50
  8. 1922 ................................... XF-45   $75.00
  9. 1922 .............................. ICCS EF-45   $75.00

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 ..................... tiny rim nick VF-30   $42.50

1924 CENT


  1. 1924 ........................ light marks F-12   $ 6.75
  2. 1924 ........................... scratch VF-30   $10.00
  3. 1924 .............................. ICCS VF-30   $16.00

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 ....................... uneven color F-12   $26.50
  2. 1925 .......................... darK spot F-15   $28.50
  3. 1925 ................................... VF-30   $45.00

1926 CENT


  1. 1926 .................................... F-15   $ 6.75
  2. 1926 ....................... dark streak VF-20   $ 6.00
  3. 1926 ..................... bright streak VF-20   $ 6.00
  4. 1926 ................................... VF-20   $ 8.00
  5. 1926 ................. rough behind head VF-30   $ 6.50
  6. 1926 ..................... tiny rim nick VF-30   $ 6.50
  7. 1926 ..................... streaky color VF-30   $ 6.50
  8. 1926 ................................... VF-30   $12.50
  9. 1926 ................................... AU-55   $62.50
  10. 1926 ............................. brown MS-60   $82.50

1927 CENT


  1. 1927 ................................... VG-10   $ 1.75
  2. 1927 .................................... F-12   $ 2.00
  3. 1927 ........................ light marks F-15   $ 2.00
  4. 1927 .................................... F-15   $ 2.50

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

1929 CENT

There are three varieties of position of the second 9 in 1929. The regular 9'a tail that points well below the bottom of the 2 and 9's top is level with the 192. The middle 9's tail points just barely below the 2 but it's top is still level with the other digits. The scarce high 9, has a tail that points directly at the bottom of the 2 and it's top is higher than the 192. I have seen many of the common middle 9 offered as the rare high 9 type and it is easy to make this mistake. In my experience, the high 9 is rarer than many think and the Canadian Coin News trend sheet listing does no reflect this so this is one of the few types I price above that listing.



canada 1929 high 9 cent

high 9

  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 ................................... XF-45   $ 4.00
  7. 1929 ................................... AU-50   $ 8.00
     
  8. 1929 high 9 .................. dark spot VG-10   $35.00
  9. 1929 high 9 ................ heavy marks VF-20   $35.00

1930 CENT


  1. 1930 ......................... heavy mark F-15   $ 2.00
  2. 1930 ........................... rim bump F-15   $ 3.50
  3. 1930 .................................... F-15   $ 4.00
  4. 1930 ......................... rim nicks VF-20   $ 2.50
  5. 1930 ........................ rough spot VF-20   $ 4.00
  6. 1930 ................................... XF-45   $17.50
  7. 1930 ......................... trace red MS-60   $55.00
  8. 1930 ............... ICCS lustrous brown MS-63  $120.00

1931 CENT


  1. 1931 ................................... VG-10   $ 1.25
  2. 1931 .................................... F-12   $ 1.50
  3. 1931 ..................... minor rim bump F-15   $ 1.00
  4. 1931 ........................ light marks F-15   $ 1.00
  5. 1931 ........................ light marks F-15   $ 1.00
  6. 1931 ....................... uneven color F-15   $ 1.50
  7. 1931 .................................... F-15   $ 2.00
  8. 1931 ................... minor scratches VF-20   $ 1.50
  9. 1931 ....................... minor marks VF-20   $ 1.50
  10. 1931 ................................... VF-20   $ 2.50
  11. 1931 ................................... VF-30   $ 4.50
  12. 1931 ................................... AU-50   $20.00

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 ................................... XF-45   $ 3.25
  6. 1932 ......................... trace red MS-60   $16.50
  7. 1932 ........................ ICCS brown MS-60   $16.50
  8. 1932 ..................... red and brown MS-62   $26.50
  9. 1932 ..................... red and brown MS-63   $32.50

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
  5. 1933 ..................... red and brown MS-62   $24.50
  6. 1933 ......................... trace red MS-63   $32.50

1934 CENT


  1. 1934 .................................... F-15   $ 0.75
  2. 1934 ................................... VF-20   $ 1.00
  3. 1934 ................................... XF-45   $ 3.25
  4. 1934 ................................... AU-50   $ 5.00
  5. 1934 ......................... trace red AU-55   $10.00
  6. 1934 ............. heavy mark, trace red MS-60   $12.00
  7. 1934 ......................... trace red MS-62   $20.00
  8. 1934 ............................... red MS-64  $185.00

1935 CENT


  1. 1935 .................................... F-12   $ 0.50
  2. 1935 .................................... F-15   $ 0.75
  3. 1935 ................................... VF-20   $ 1.00
  4. 1935 ................................... VF-30   $ 1.50
  5. 1935 ................................... XF-40   $ 2.00
  6. 1935 ................................... XF-45   $ 3.50
  7. 1935 ......................... trace red MS-63   $28.00

1936 CENT


  1. 1936 .................................... F-12   $ 0.50
  2. 1936 .................................... F-15   $ 0.75
  3. 1936 ................................... VF-20   $ 1.00
  4. 1936 ................................... VF-30   $ 1.25
  5. 1936 ................................... XF-40   $ 1.75
  6. 1936 ................................... XF-45   $ 3.50
  7. 1936 ................................... AU-50   $ 5.00
  8. 1936 ................................... AU-55   $10.00
  9. 1936 ......................... trace red MS-63   $20.00
  10. 1936 ......................... trace red MS-64   $40.00

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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 ................................... XF-40   $ 1.00
  4. 1937 .......................... ICCS red MS-64   $25.00

1938 CENT


  1. 1938 ................................... VF-20   $ 0.50
  2. 1938 ................................... VF-20   $ 1.00
  3. 1938 .......................... 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
  4. 1940 ................................... AU-55   $ 2.00
  5. 1940 ..................... red and brown MS-62   $ 4.00

1941 CENT


  1. 1941 ......................... trace red XF-45   $ 1.45

1942 CENT


  1. 1942 ................................... VF-30   $ 0.50
  2. 1942 ..................... red and brown MS-62   $16.50

1943 CENT


  1. 1943 ................................... XF-40   $ 0.50
  2. 1943 ................................... XF-45   $ 1.00
  3. 1943 ..................... red and brown MS-63   $10.00
  4. 1943 .......................... ICCS red MS-64   $40.00

1944 CENT


  1. 1944 ......................... trace red MS-62   $12.00

1945 CENT


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

1946 CENT


  1. 1946 ................................... XF-40   $ 0.50
  2. 1946 ................................... XF-45   $ 0.75
  3. 1946 ................................... AU-50   $ 1.00
  4. 1946 ....................... subdued red MS-60   $ 3.00

1947 CENT


  1. 1947 ..................... red and brown MS-62   $ 4.00

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 blunt 7 .................... red MS-64   SOLD
     
  2. 1947 ML pointed 7 ...................... AU-50   $ 1.00
  3. 1947 ML pointed 7 ........ red and brown MS-63   $ 6.00

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 ..................... VF-30   $ 0.50
     
  2. 1948 A between denticles ............... XF-40   $ 1.00

1949 CENT

For 1949 the A between denticles (also known as the A off denticles) is common and the A to denticle is slightly scarce.


  1. 1949 A between denticles ............... AU-50   $ 1.00
  2. 1949 A between denticles ............... AU-55   $ 2.00
  3. 1949 A between denticles . red and brown MS-62   $ 4.00
  4. 1949 A between denticles ..... trace red MS-63   $ 4.00
     
  5. 1949 A to denticle ...................... VG-8   $ 4.00
  6. 1949 A to denticle ........ tiny rim nick 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 ..................... VF-20   $10.00
  10. 1949 A to denticle ....... obverse marks VF-30   $ 7.00
  11. 1949 A to denticle ............... baggy VF-30   $ 7.00

1950 CENT


  1. 1950 ................................... AU-50   $ 0.75
  2. 1950 ................................... AU-55   $ 1.25
  3. 1950 ................................... MS-60   $ 2.00

1951 CENT


  1. 1951 ................................... AU-50   $ 0.50
  2. 1951 ................................... AU-55   $ 1.00
  3. 1951 ............................. brown MS-60   $ 1.75
  4. 1951 ............................... red MS-60   $ 2.25
  5. 1951 ......................... trace red MS-62   $ 2.00
  6. 1951 ..................... red and brown MS-62   $ 3.50
  7. 1951 ..................... red and brown MS-63   $ 6.50
  8. 1951 . slightly subdued red ... ICCS red MS-65  $115.00

1952 CENT


  1. 1952 ................................... AU-50   $ 0.50
  2. 1952 ................................... AU-55   $ 1.00
  3. 1952 ................................... MS-60   $ 1.50
  4. 1952 ..................... red and brown MS-60   $ 2.00
  5. 1952 ......................... trace red MS-62   $ 2.00
  6. 1952 ..................... red and brown MS-62   $ 2.50
  7. 1952 ..................... red and brown MS-63   $ 4.00
  8. 1952 ..................... red and brown MS-64   $11.00
  9. 1952 .......................... ICCS red MS-65   $48.50

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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

The earlier dies for the 1953 cent had the shoulder fold cut very weakly resulting in the shoulder fold being extremely weak or not making the Queen's shoulder look bare on the coin. These are known as the "no shoulder strap" (NSS) or "no shoulder fold" (NSF) variety, which also have strong serifs at the top and bottom of the "I"'s on the obverse.

Later 1953 dies were cut with the shoulder fold deepened, resulting in the "shoulder strap" (SS) or "shoulder fold" (SF) variety, and which have very small serifs at the top and bottom of the "I"'s on the obverse. These are somewhat scarcer than the NSF variety

By the time there coins wear to VF the shoulder fold will have worn down on the SF variety to the point one cannot tell SF from NSF examples by looking for the shoulder fold. The only certain way to tell them a part is by looking to see if the "I"'s have the strong serifs (NSF) or weak serifs (SF).


  1. 1953 NSS ............................... AU-50   $ 0.50
  2. 1953 NSS ............................... AU-55   $ 0.75
  3. 1953 NSS ............................... MS-60   $ 1.00
  4. 1953 NSS ........................... red MS-60   $ 1.25
  5. 1953 NSS.................. red and brown MS-62   $ 1.50
  6. 1953 NSS ........................... red MS-62   $ 1.75
  7. 1953 NSS.................. red and brown MS-63   $ 2.00
  8. 1953 NSS ........................... red MS-63   $ 2.50
  9. 1953 NSS ................... subdued red MS-64   $ 6.00
     
  10. 1953 SS ................................. F-15   $ 1.75
  11. 1953 SS ................................ VF-20   $ 2.00
  12. 1953 SS ................................ VF-30   $ 2.50
  13. 1953 SS ................................ XF-40   $ 3.25
  14. 1953 SS ................................ XF-45   $ 4.75
  15. 1953 SS ..................... small mark AU-50   $ 4.00
  16. 1953 SS ................................ AU-50   $ 6.50
  17. 1953 SS .......................... brown MS-60   $12.50

From 1954 to 1964 the obverse shoulder fold design was intended for all examples but 1954 proof-like sets contain cents accidentally struck with a 1953 NSS die resulting in the very rare 1954 NSF type. A small number of 1955 circulation strike cents were again struck with a 1953 NSS obverse die, resulting in the scarce 1955 NSF variety. By the time that die was used in 1955 it was somewhat worn, so 1955 NSF cents will never be a sharp as the SF examples of that date. Fraud artists have been known to polish off the shoulder fold from these dates but they cannot change the shape of the serifed "I"'s in the obverse inscription, and so it is important to check that letter form to confirm the variety of the 1954 and 1955 NSF cents.


1954 CENT

All 1954 and later cents were meant to be of the Shoulder Fold variety, but a few No Shoulder Fold examples are found in Proof-like sets. I have seen one in VF which must have been a taken from a set and spent.


  1. 1954 ................................... XF-40   $ 0.50
  2. 1954 ................................... XF-45   $ 0.75
  3. 1954 ............... red and brown/brown MS-62   $ 2.00
  4. 1954 ............................... red MS-63   $ 6.50
  5. 1954 .......................... ICCS red PL-65   $80.00
     
  6. 1954 NSS . slight subdued red as is normal on
    these ......................... ICCS red PL-66   SOLD
     

1955 CENT

All 1955 circulation strikes were intended to be of the SF variety, but a very small number of No Shoulder Fold examples went into circulation, as discussed above.


  1. 1955 .......................... ICCS red MS-64   $ 8.00
     
  2. 1955 NSS ............................... VF-20   SOLD
     

1956 CENT


  1. 1956 ..................... red and brown MS-62   SOLD

1957 CENT


  1. 1957 .......................... ICCS red PL-65   SOLD

1958 CENT


  1. 1958 ............................... red MS-62   $ 0.75
  2. 1958 ............................... red MS-63   $ 1.50
  3. 1958 ............................... red MS-64   $ 8.00
  4. 1958 ............. finger print ICCS red MS-65   $16.50
  5. 1958 ............... dark spots ICCS red MS-65   $16.50
  6. 1958 ............................... red MS-65   $25.00

1959 CENT


  1. 1959 ............................... red MS-62   $ 0.50
  2. 1959 ....................... subdued red MS-63   $ 0.50
  3. 1959 ............................... red MS-63   $ 0.75
  4. 1959 ............................... red MS-64   $ 6.50

1960 CENT


  1. 1960 ............................... red MS-63   $ 0.50
  2. 1960 ............................... red MS-64   $ 6.50
  3. 1960 ............................... red MS-64   $16.00

1961 CENT


  1. 1961 ............................... red MS-63   $ 0.75
  2. 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


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 and brown MS-62   $ 2.50
  2. 1962 hanging 2 ........... ......... red MS-62   $ 3.50
  3. 1962 hanging 2 ..................... red MS-63   $ 4.50

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 ............................... red MS-63   $ 0.50
  2. 1963 ............................... red MS-64   $ 6.50
  3. 1963 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.50
  4. 1963 ........................ cameo PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
     
  5. 1963 hanging 3 ..................... red MS-60   $ 2.50
  6. 1963 hanging 3 ..................... red MS-62   $ 5.00
  7. 1963 hanging 3 ..................... red MS-63   $ 7.00
  8. 1963 hanging 3 ..................... red MS-64   $12.50


1964 CENT


  1. 1964 ............................... red MS-63   $ 0.50
  2. 1964 ............................... red MS-64   $ 6.50
  3. 1964 ............................... red MS-64   $15.00
  4. 1964 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.50
  5. 1964 ........................ cameo PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  6. 1964 ................... red heavy cameo PL-65   $ 7.50
  7. 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 ................... ICCS RED MS-65   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   $14.50
  5. 1965 type 2 ................... ICCS RED MS-65   $14.50
  6. 1965 type 2 ....................... PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.50
  7. 1965 type 2 ................. cameo PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
     
  8. 1965 type 2 10 degree die rotation ........ BU   $ 2.50
     
  9. 1965 type 3 ........................ RED MS-63   $ 0.50
  10. 1965 type 3 ........................ RED MS-64   $ 6.50
  11. 1965 type 3 ........................ RED MS-65   $14.50
  12. 1965 type 3 ................... ICCS RED MS-65   $14.50
     
  13. 1965 type 4 ........................ RED MS-60   $18.00
  14. 1965 type 4 ........................ RED MS-62   $25.00
  15. 1965 type 4 .. mostly red (finger print) MS-63   $35.00
  16. 1965 type 4 ........................ RED MS-63   $45.00
  17. 1965 type 4 ........................ RED MS-64   $75.00
  18. 1965 type 4 ................... PCGS RED MS-65  $240.00
  19. 1965 type 4 ........................ RED MS-65  $240.00

1966 CENT


  1. 1966 .......................... ICCS RED MS-65   $17.50
  2. 1966 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.50
  3. 1966 ........................ cameo PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.75

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 ......................... RED MS-63   $ 0.50
  2. 1967, Dove ......................... RED MS-64   $ 6.50
  3. 1967, Dove ..................... 85% RED MS-65   $10.00
  4. 1967, Dove ......................... RED MS-65   $17.00
  5. 1967, Dove .................... ICCS RED MS-65   $17.00
  6. 1967, Dove ........................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.50
  7. 1967, Dove .................. cameo PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
  8. 1967, Dove ....... cameo both sides PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  9. 1967, Dove ......... cameo obverse SPECIMEN-63   $ 0.50
  10. 1967, Dove .......................... SPECIMEN   $ 0.50
  11. 1967, Dove .................... cameo SPECIMEN   $ 1.00

1968 CENT


  1. 1968 ............................... RED MS-63   $ 0.50
  2. 1968 ............................... RED MS-64   $ 6.50
  3. 1968 ............................... RED MS-65   $16.00
  4. 1968 ...... minor edge spotting ICCS RED MS-66   $60.00
  5. 1968 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.50

1969 CENT


  1. 1969 ............................... red MS-63   $ 0.50
  2. 1969 ....................... subdued red MS-64   $ 4.00
  3. 1969 subdued red, mnr spotting, ICCS RED MS-65   $15.00
  4. 1969 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.50
  5. 1969 ........................ cameo PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00

1970 CENT


  1. 1970 ............................... red MS-63   $ 0.50
  2. 1970 ....................... subdued red MS-64   $ 4.00
  3. 1970 ............................... red MS-64   $ 6.50
  4. 1970 ....................... subdued red MS-65   $12.00
  5. 1970 ............................... red MS-65   $16.00
  6. 1970 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.50

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 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.50
  2. 1971 ................................ cameo PL   $ 1.50
  3. 1971 .......................... heavy cameo PL   $ 4.00
  4. 1971 .............. ICCS red ultra cameo PL-66   $95.00

1972 CENT


  1. 1972 .......................... ICCS RED MS-65   $16.00
  2. 1972 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.50

1973 CENT


  1. 1973 ........ subdued red ..... ICCS RED MS-65   $10.00
  2. 1973 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.50

1974 CENT


  1. 1974 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.50
  2. 1974 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.25

1975 CENT


  1. 1975 ............................... red MS-63   $ 0.50
  2. 1975 ........................ mostly red MS-64   $ 4.00
  3. 1975 ............................... red MS-64   $ 6.50
  4. 1975 ........................ mostly red MS-65   $12.00
  5. 1975 ............................... red MS-65   $16.00
  6. 1975 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.50

1976 CENT


  1. 1976 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.50
  2. 1976 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.25

1977 CENT


  1. 1977 ............................... red MS-63   $ 0.50
  2. 1977 ............................... red MS-64   $ 8.00
  3. 1977 .......................... ICCS RED MS-65   $16.00
  4. 1977 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  5. 1977 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.25

1978 CENT


  1. 1978 ............................... red MS-65   $16.00
  2. 1978 .......................... ICCS RED MS-66   $60.00
  3. 1978 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  4. 1978 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.25

1979 CENT

Some 1979 cents show strong doubling on the date, affecting mostly the 79 but also the 19 to a lesser degree. Some examples show stronger doubling than others, so there might be two different dies involved.


  1. 1979 .......................... ICCS RED MS-66   $60.00
  2. 1979 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  3. 1979 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 0.75
     
  4. 1979 double date (strong doubling) ..... MS-64   SOLD

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 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.25

1981 CENT

1981 saw the introduction of proof sets, with frosted images and mirror fields, in which quality 1 cents continued to be struck until 2012 when the issue of 1 cent coins came to an end.


  1. 1981 ............................... red MS-63   $ 0.50
  2. 1981 ............................... red MS-64   $ 8.00
  3. 1981 ............................... red MS-65   $16.00
  4. 1981 .......................... ICCS RED MS-65   $16.00
  5. 1981 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  6. 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 with obverse beads around the Queen's head either near or far from the rim. On the far rim the beads are slightly smaller and about 1/2 way between the rim and the border. On the far rim the beads are only about 1/3 of the way between the rim and the border. The references say both types exist in MS, Proof-like, Specimen and Proof.

The problem is with the relative rarities. Both the CCN trend sheet and the Charleton Standard Catalogue list the far bead is more common than the near bead in all striking qualities. I am been looking at actual coins and find that they seem to be correct for the MS coins, but I am finding that for Proof, Proof-like and specimen quality coins the near bead is the common variety and that both of those references have that wrong.


  1. 1983 near bead .................... PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
  2. 1983 near bead ......................... PROOF   $ 2.00
  3. 1983 far bead tied ICCS finest ICCS RED MS-67  $140.00

1984 CENT


  1. 1984 ............................... red MS-63   $ 0.50
  2. 1984 .......................... ICCS RED MS-66   $80.00
  3. 1984 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
  4. 1984 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.00

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 pointed 5 .................... red MS-63   SOLD

1986 CENT


  1. 1986 ............ red and brown ICCS RED MS-66   $40.00
  2. 1986 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
  3. 1986 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.00

1987 CENT


  1. 1987 ............................... red MS-63   $ 0.50
  2. 1987 ............................... red MS-64   $ 8.50
  3. 1987 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  4. 1987 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.00

1988 CENT


  1. 1988 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
  2. 1988 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.50
  3. 1988 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.00

1989 CENT


  1. 1989 .......................... ICCS RED MS-65   $20.00
  2. 1989 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  3. 1989 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.00

nav tag

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   $ 2.00
  2. 1991 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 2.50
  3. 1991 ................................... PROOF   $ 6.50

1992 CENT

1992 was Canada's 125th anniversary of confederation, and all 1 cents of this year have the date shown as the double date 1867-1992.


  1. 1992, double dated ................. red MS-63   $ 0.50
  2. 1992, double dated ................. red MS-64   $ 8.50
  3. 1992, double dated ................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
  4. 1992, double dated ..................... PROOF   $ 3.50

1993 CENT


  1. 1993 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  2. 1993 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.50

1994 CENT


  1. 1994 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  2. 1994 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.25
  3. 1994 ................................... PROOF   $ 4.00

1995 CENT


  1. 1995 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
  2. 1995 ................................... PROOF   $ 4.00

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 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 3.00
  3. 1996 ................................... PROOF   $ 6.50

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   $ 2.00
  2. 1997 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 3.00
  3. 1997 ................................... PROOF   $ 4.50

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   $ 2.50
  2. 1998 Ottawa ....................... PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
  3. 1998 Ottawa ......................... SPECIMEN   $ 2.50
  4. 1998 Ottawa ............................ PROOF   $ 4.75

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   $ 7.00

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 ........................ ICCS RED MS-64   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 .......................... ICCS red MS-65   $16.00
  2. 2000 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
  3. 2000 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 2.00
  4. 2000 ................................... PROOF   $ 4.50
     
  5. 2000 W ............................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.50

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 .......................... ICCS RED MS-67   $50.00
  2. 2001 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   SOLD
  3. 2001 ................................... PROOF   $ 5.00
     
  4. 2001 P ............................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
  5. 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 P .............................. SPECIMEN   $ 1.50
     
  3. 2002 ................................... PROOF   $ 4.50

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   SOLD
  2. 2003 P crowned head ........... ICCS RED MS-65   $28.50
     
  3. 2003 P crowned head ............... PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
     
  4. 2003 P crowned head ................. SPECIMEN   $ 2.50
     
  5. 2003 uncrowned head ........... ICCS RED MS-66   SOLD
     
  6. 2003 P uncrowned head ......... ICCS RED MS-66   SOLD
     
  7. 2003 WP uncrowned head ............ PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
     

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 leaves exist on copper plated zinc flans for the mint report covers.


2004 CENT


  1. 2004 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   SOLD
  2. 2004 ................................... PROOF   SOLD
     
  3. 2004 P ............................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
  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 ................................... PROOF   $12.50
     
  2. 2005 P ............................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50

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   SOLD
     
  2. 2006 P ............................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 6.50
  3. 2006 P .............................. SPECIMEN   SOLD
     
  4. 2006 LOGO MAGNETIC ................. red AU-50   $ 1.00
  5. 2006 LOGO MAGNETIC ................. red MS-60   $ 2.00
  6. 2006 LOGO MAGNETIC ................. red MS-62   $ 3.25
  7. 2006 LOGO MAGNETIC ................. red MS-63   $ 5.00
  8. 2006 LOGO MAGNETIC ................. red MS-64   $ 8.00
  9. 2006 LOGO MAGNETIC ..... red trace spots MS-65   $12.00
  10. 2006 LOGO MAGNETIC ................ PROOF-LIKE   SOLD
     

2007 CENT

Starting in 2007 the P for plated was no longer used, so ll coins are have the Logo below the Queen's portrait. Both zinc and steel core coins were still made and can be differenciated with a magnet. Proofs continue to be struck from solid copper or bronze blanks. For both circulation and mint sets coins, the zinc cored non-magnetic examples are scarcer than the steel cored magnetic examples.


  1. 2007 LOGO magnetic ................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
     
  2. 2007 LOGO non-magnetic ............ PROOF-LIKE   SOLD
  3. 2007 LOGO non-magnetic ................. PROOF   $12.00
     

2008 CENT

In 2008 all circulation, proof-like and specimen examples are in copper plated steel magnetic blanks. The only non-magnetic cents in 2008 are the Proof examples which are on solid copper or bronze blanks.


  1. 2008 LOGO magnetic ..................... MS-63   $ 0.50
  2. 2008 LOGO magnetic ..................... MS-64   $ 4.00
  3. 2008 LOGO magnetic ..................... MS-12   $12.00
  4. 2008 LOGO magnetic ................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  5. 2008 LOGO mag . ICCS NUMISM. BU (PL) RED MS-67   $32.50

2009 CENT


  1. 2009 LOGO non-magnetic ................. PROOF   SOLD
     
  2. 2009 LOGO magnetic ................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50

2010 CENT


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


In 2011 the mint stopped minting intentionally superior quality coins for the Proof-like (standard) mint sets, but rather used standard MS coins that had not gone through most mint post striking handling processes. From 2011 and newer I make no attempt to differentiate a mint set (Proof-like) coin from MS coin simply because there is no difference. 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 all should be priced at the much lower mint set type prices. This has an odd result in that starting in 2011 MS-65 and MS-66 coins, which are common in mint sets because of the lesser mint handling procedures, will now be more common than MS-64 coins.


2011 CENT

Both copper plated zinc non-magnetic and copper plated steel magnetic 1 cents were made in 2011 for circulation strikes and in the standard mint sets and there is no difference in rarity so they are the same price. All specimen strikes are on copper plated steel magnetic blanks, and proof strikes non-magnetic solid copper or bronze blanks


  1. 2011 LOGO non-magnetic ................. MS-64   $ 1.50
  2. 2011 LOGO non-magnetic ................. MS-65   $ 2.00
  3. 2011 LOGO .............................. PROOF   SOLD
     
  4. 2011 LOGO magnetic ............ ICCS RED MS-66   $12.50

2012 CENT


  1. 2012 LOGO non-magnetic ................. MS-64   $ 1.50
  2. 2012 LOGO non-magnetic ................. MS-65   $ 2.00
  3. 2012 LOGO non-magnetic ........ ICCS RED MS-66   $12.50
     
  4. 2012 LOGO magnetic ..................... MS-63   $ 0.50
  5. 2012 LOGO magnetic ..................... MS-64   $ 1.50
  6. 2012 LOGO magnetic ..................... MS-65   $ 2.00
  7. 2012 LOGO magnetic ............ ICCS RED MS-66   $12.50
  8. 2012 LOGO magnetic ............ ICCS RED MS-67   $33.50
  9. 2012 LOGO magnetic .................. SPECIMEN   $ 7.50

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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