10 Cents - Elizabeth II 2nd portrait; Philadelphia mint

10 Cents - Elizabeth II (2nd portrait; Philadelphia mint) -  obverse10 Cents - Elizabeth II (2nd portrait; Philadelphia mint) -  reverse

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Features

Country Canada
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Year 1968
Value 10 Cents
0.1 CAD = 0.08 USD
Currency Canadian dollar (1858-date)
Composition Nickel
Weight 2.07 g
Diameter 18.034 mm
Thickness 1.16 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 4206
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References KM# 73,
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# 61b.1
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 "Blue Nose" under sail, a Canadian schooner from Nova Scotia, a celebrated racing ship and a symbol of the province, with the value below and the country name above

Lettering:
CANADA
1968
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 (Philadelphia Mint: "U" shaped reed)

10 Cents - Elizabeth II (2nd portrait; Philadelphia mint) -  obverse

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Mint

United States Mint, Philadelphia, United States (1792-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 dime collars. As a result, the coins have the 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.”

Coins from the Philadelphia Mint have reeding that has 99 sharper, flat-bottomed grooves and a bigger ship on the reverse.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
1968  85 170 000 0.21 0.19 0.30 0.30 1.07 99 wider, U-shaped reeds

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