Coin Specifications

Region: Canada  
Denomination: C5C  
Diameter: 21.21 (mm)  

Coin Metal Composition:

Nickel [100%] 4.54 (g)
Total Mass: 4.54 (g)

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1955–1962 - Elizabeth II - Canadian Five Cents

Canada 1961 Five Cent Coin Description

Canada 1961  Canadian Five Cent RCM ( C5C ) - Obverse
Canada 1961  Canadian Five Cent RCM ( C5C ) - Reverse

Coin Mass: 4.54 GRAMS    [View Coin Metal Melt Value]
Diameter: 21.21 (mm)
Mint Year: 1961
Mint Mark:
Coin Name: Canadian Five Cent RCM
Coin Rating:
Rated 59 out of 70 with 1 Verifications
Verified By:
Rating Value: 59
Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) has reviewed this item ( OFCC Coin ID:63.1215 Canada 1961 C5C ) and has given the item a grade of Uncirculated with serial number of: MINTSET | OFCC:63.1215
Coin Grade:
RCM - Uncirculated
Grade Serial: MINTSET
OFCC Serial: 63.1215
Face Value:
( Canada)
Attributes: RCM Mint Set
Coin Notes: Royal Canadian Mint Set
Coin remains in Original Mint Packaging:
Original Uncut Mint(cello) Packaging
Note: No Envelope
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Coin Type Description:

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Years Minted: 1955–1962
Mint Marks:
Denomination: C5C
Obverse Design: The portrait in right profile of Elizabeth II, when she was 27 years old, is surrounded with the inscription "ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA" Lettering: ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA MG
Obverse Designer: Mary Gillick
Reverse Design: 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 YEAR
Reverse Designer: G. E. Kruger-Gray
1955–1962 - Elizabeth II - Canadian Five Cents

The Canadian five-cent coin, commonly called a nickel, is a coin worth five cents or one-twentieth of a Canadian dollar. It was patterned on the corresponding coin in the neighbouring United States. Starting 4 February 2013, after the elimination of the penny, it became the smallest valued coin in the currency.

Alloy: 100% nickel
Weight: 4.54 grams
Diameter : 21.21 mm,
Thickness 1.75 mm
Edge: Smooth
Magnetism: Magnetic
Die axis: ↑↑

Obverse: Mary Gillick,
Reverse: G. E. Kruger-Gray, Thomas Shingles
Obverse: Mary Gillick,
Reverse: G. E. Kruger-Gray, Thomas Shingles


Canadian Circulation 5 Cents

1937 - 1942, 1946 - 1950, 1952 - 1966, 1968 - present
The beaver
The beaver design was created in 1937 by G.E. Kruger-Gray as part of a coin modernization effort.

Years Minted: 1955 - 1981
Composition: 99.9% nickel
Weight (g): 4.54
Diameter (mm): 21.21
Thickness (mm): 1.7
1955 - 5,355,028
1956 - 9,399,854
1957 - 7,387,703
1958 - 7,607,521
1959 - 11,552,523
1960 - 37,157,433
1961 - 47,889,051
1962 - 46,307,305


Canada: 1937-1952 George VI Five Cents

Quick Coinage Facts

Years Minted: 1953-Present
Number of Types: 7
Type 1 Composition: Chrome & Nickel Plated Steel (1953-1954)
Types 2 to 4 Composition: Nickel (1955-1981)
Types 5 & 6 Composition: Copper/Nickel (1982-2001)
Types 7 Composition: Nickel Plated Steel (2003-Present)
Diameter: 21.2 mm
Weight: 4.54 grams (1953-1981), 4.6 grams (1982-1999), 3.93 grams (2000-present)


5 Cents - Elizabeth II 1st portrait, dodecagonal

KM# 50a
Country Canada
Years 1955-1962
Value 5 Cents (0.05 CAD)
Metal Nickel
Weight 4.54 g
Diameter 21.234 mm
Thickness 1.70 mm
Engravers Mary Gillick (obverse)
George Edward Kruger Gray (reverse)
Shape Dodecagonal
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized yes
Edge Smooth

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Rated 59 out of 70 with 1 Verifications

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The Early History of the Canadian Beaver

The trade of beaver pelts proved so lucrative that the Hudson's Bay Company honoured the buck-toothed little animal by putting it on the shield of its coat of arms in 1678. Sir William Alexander, who was granted title to Nova Scotia in 1621, had been the first to include the beaver in a coat of arms.

The Hudson's Bay Company shield consists of four beavers separated by a red St. George's Cross and reflects the importance of this industrious rodent to the company. A coin was struck that was equal to the value of one male beaver pelt – it was known as a « buck ». [1]


REF [1] - - The beaver

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