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

Features

Issuer Canada
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1968-1969
Value 10 Cents
0.10 CAD = USD 0.08
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 ↑↑
Number N# 383
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# 72,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Schön# 61a
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

Obverse

The portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right from when she was 39 years old, surrounded with the inscription "ELIZABETH II D • G • REGINA"

Lettering: ELIZABETH II D • G • REGINA

Translation: Elizabeth II Queen by the Grace of God

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, 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)

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

© Walter_Scott

Mint

Royal Canadian Mint, Ottawa, Canada (1908-date)

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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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1968  70 460 000 $ 0.70 $ 0.71 $ 1.16 $ 1.42 $ 2.07 $ 1.94 98% V-shaped reeds
1969  6 3% 6 examples known

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