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25 Cents - George VI

Features

Country Canada
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1948-1952
Value 25 Cents
0.25 CAD = 0.19 USD
Metal Silver (.800)
Weight 5.83 g
Diameter 23.62 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 44, Schön# 43
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

Obverse

The portrait in left profile of George VI is surrounded with the inscription "GEORGIVS VI DEI GRATIA REX" (George VI, King by the grace of God).

In an attempt to improve the appearance of the obverse on this coin, a slightly larger, lower relief portrait was developed and used on the coins from 1951-1952. The two varieties, High Relief (HR) and Low Relief (LR) can be distinguished by looking at where the 'A' in 'GRATIA' points:

HR: 'A' points to a denticle
LR: 'A' points between two denticles

Recently, the LR for 1951 has been found to have only been issued for Prooflike coins and NOT for circulation ones.

Lettering:
GEORGIVS VI DEI GRATIA REX
HP

Engraver: Thomas Humphrey Paget

Thomas Humphrey Paget OBE was an English medal and coin designer and modeller. Paget's designs are indicated by the initials 'HP'. Paget was first approached by the Royal Mint in 1936 after the accession of King Edward VIII. Paget's recommendation had come via his earlier design for the obverse of a medal featuring the then-Prince of Wales.

Reverse

A caribou is accompanied with the facial value and surrounded with the inscription "CANADA".

Notice that the Bluenose was also considered for the 25 cents coin. It was finally chosen for the 10 cents.

Lettering:
CANADA 1949
25
Cents
H

Engraver: Emanuel Otto Hahn

Emanuel Otto Hahn (30 May 1881 – 14 February 1957) was a German-born Canadian sculptor and coin designer. He taught and later married Elizabeth Wyn Wood. He co-founded and was the first president of the Sculptors' Society of Canada.

Edge

Reeded

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1948  2,564,424 4.07 High Relief (HR)
1949  7,988,830 2.04 7.04 HR
1950  9,673,335 3.22 3.83 6.38 HR
1951  8,290,719 2.47 2.54 3.76 HR
1951  Low Relief (LR) **Did not circulate, prooflike condition only.** Qty included above
1952  8,859,642 2.52 2.50 HR
1952  LR. Qty included above

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