Canada, 5 cents, 1944

My first coin pulled today was a repeat, the exact same 1943 threepence last featured here. The second pull is new.

Canada, 5 cents, 1944 (KM #40a)

The Canadian nickel has the most honest name in numismatics. It was made of solid pure nickel. But during World War II, when nickel was needed for the war effort, the Canadians changed the content to brass in 1942, and chrome-plated steel in 1944. Nickel nickels resumed in 1946. This coin shares some similarities with its pull-mate. Both are thick, both have twelve sides, and both feature the bust of King George VI.

The V on the reverse of this nickel has two meanings. It gives the coin’s face value as a Roman numeral, and it is am emblem of Canada’s desire for Victory in the war. The neatest thing about this coin, however, as also the most overlooked. Take a look at the denticles along the inside of the rim on the reverse. It’s really Morse Code for “we win when we work willingly”. Kudos to the artist for their attention to detail!

You can still spend this coin in Canada for five cents, something I don’t get to say often for many of these foreign coins. Nickel mintage in 1944 was 11,532,784.

Metal Chrome-plated steel
Weight 4.54 g
Diameter 21.234 mm
Thickness 1.7 mm
Engravers Thomas Humphrey Paget (obverse)
Thomas Shingles (reverse)
Shape Dodecagonal
Orientation Medal alignment


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