5 Cents - Elizabeth II 1st portrait, steel

Features

Issuer Canada
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1953-1954
Value 5 Cents
0.05 CAD = USD 0.0404621424
Currency Canadian dollar (1858-date)
Composition Chromium plated steel
Weight 4.54 g
Diameter 21.234 mm
Thickness 1.70 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 405
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References KM# 50,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
Schön# 49
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.

Obverse

The portrait in right profile of Elizabeth II, when she was 27 years old, is surrounded with the inscription "ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA" (Elizabeth II, Queen by the grace of God)

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA
M·G·

Translation:
Elizabeth II Queen by the Grace of God
M·G·

Engraver: Mary Gillick

Mary Gillick was a sculptor best known for her effigy of Elizabeth II used on coinage in the United Kingdom and elsewhere from 1953 to 1970.

Reverse

A beaver, over the inscription "CANADA", is surrounded with the face value, flanked on both sides by a maple leaf.

Lettering:
5 CENTS
K·G
CANADA
1953

Engraver: George Kruger Gray

George Kruger Gray was an English artist, best remembered for his designs of coinage and stained glass windows.

Edge

Smooth

5 Cents - Elizabeth II (1st portrait, steel) -  obverse

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Comments



There are two major variations for the reverse:
1. Far Maple Leaf
2. Near/close Maple Leaf

This refers to the maple leaves on either side of the "5 CENTS" and their proximity to the beading on the coin's rim. The 'near' variety is almost touching the rim.



Two more varieties exist on the obverse of the coin:
1. No Shoulder Fold
2. Shoulder Fold

The shoulder fold refers to two faint lines/markings on the right-side of Elizabeth's shoulder, extending over toward her lower back.

NOTE: the image depicted on this page shows features near leaves and no shoulder fold.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1953  $ 0.09 $ 0.20 $ 0.50 $ 0.85 $ 0.42 $ 9.93 37% With a fold on the shoulder, leaves closer. Qty included below
1953  $ 35 11% With a fold on the shoulder, leaves farther. Qty included below
1953  3% Without a fold on shoulder, leaves close. (rare) Qty included below.
1953  16 635 552 $ 0.16 $ 0.23 $ 0.42 $ 1.04 $ 1.57 $ 5.53 51% Without a fold on the shoulder, leaves far.
1954  6 998 662 $ 0.20 $ 0.29 $ 0.50 $ 0.95 $ 2.50 $ 13 48% With a fold on the shoulder

Values in the table above are expressed in USD. They are based on evaluations by Numista users and sales realized on Internet platforms. They serve as an indication only; they are not intended to be relied upon for buying, selling or exchanging. Numista does not buy or sell coins or banknotes.

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