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5 Cents - Elizabeth II 1st portrait

Features

Country Canada
Type Common coin
Years 1953-1954
Value 5 Cents
0.05 CAD = 0.041 USD
Metal Chrome plated Steel
Weight 4.54 g
Diameter 21.234 mm
Thickness 1.70 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 50, Schön# 49
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

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·

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 facial value, flanked on both sides by a maple leaf.

Lettering:
5 CENTS
K·G
CANADA
1953

Engraver: George Edward 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)

© Cyrillius

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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Year Mintage VG F VF XF UNC Exchange
1953  With a fold on the shoulder, leaves closer. Qty included below
1953  With a fold on the shoulder, leaves farther. Qty included below
1953  16,635,552 Without a fold on the shoulder, leaves far.
1953  Without a fold on shoulder, leaves close. (rare) Qty included below.
1954  6,998,662 With a fold on the shoulder

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