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10 Cents - Elizabeth II 2nd portrait, Silver (.500), Ottawa

Features

Country Canada
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1968-1969
Value 10 Cents
0.10 CAD = 0.08 USD
Currency Canadian dollar (1858-date)
Composition Silver (.500)
Weight 2.33 g
Diameter 18.034 mm
Thickness 1.16 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 72,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Schön# 61a
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

Obverse

The portrait in right profile of Elizabeth II, when she was 39 years old, is surrounded with the inscription "ELIZABETH II D • G • REGINA" (Elizabeth II, Queen by the grace of God)

Lettering: ELIZABETH II D • G • REGINA

Engraver: Arnold Machin

Arnold Machin O.B.E., R.A. was a British artist, sculptor, coin and stamp designer.

Reverse

The Bluenose under sail, a Canadian schooner from Nova Scotia, a celebrated racing ship and a symbol of the province, is surrounded with the face value and the inscription "CANADA"

Lettering:
CANADA
1968
H
10 CENTS

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

Milled (Ottawa Mint: pointed deep "V"-reeding)

Comments



Collectors would discover if the reeding along the coin’s edge had flat bottoms like U.S. coins, it was a product of Philadelphia; if the reeding contained V-shaped bottoms, then it was struck at Ottawa. Reeding is formed on a coin at the moment of striking when the dies squeeze the planchet and force it against the reeding pattern on the collar. The different styles of reeding likely didn’t matter to the RCM if it was considered at all, since it was probably easier for Philadelphia to just use their own dime collars. As a result, the coins have the exact same diameter as a U.S. dime, 17.91 mm.

This lack of identification is said to have also made the coins theoretically illicit. According to coin expert Alan Herbert, “the Philadelphia strikes were technically illegal under Canadian law, which requires that anything imported has to show the country of origin. The Royal Mint later admitted bending the rule.”

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1968  70,460,000 0.63 0.65 1.01 1.01 1.40 1.84 Ottawa Mint
1969  6 6 examples known

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