Canadian Coin Varieties  

Discoveries ......check back every week for new varieties. 

I would like to bring new discoveries in varieties to light here with good pictures for all to see. I welcome anyone who has made a discovery or who is aware of any new varieties to submit their photos and stories and I will post them here for all to see.

Canadian 1 Cent Varieties

Canadian 5 Cent Varieties

Canadian 10 Cent Varieties

Canadian 25 Cent Varieties

Canadian 50 Cent Varieties

Canadian Dollar Varieties

Canadian Two Dollar Varieties

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2007 Ten Cent Variety

Here's a very neat discovery by Kevin Mosher who first posted it on the Canadian Coin Reference Site on June 11 of 2007. The dies for the 10 cent pieces in the Olympic Special Edition Uncirculated Sets are much different from the 10 cent pieces found in circulation. The 7's are quite noticeably different. The 7's in the sets are curved, while the circulation coins have a straight 7.

1929 One Cent Varieties. Discovered by  Jerry Himelfarb. I first learned of it on the Canadian Coin Reference Site, but they were in the Canadian Coin News about 2003. The left one is the more common Low 9 or Narrow Date while the right is the High 9. Probably 1 in 30 or so. Note the difference in the letters in Canada. The High 9 letters have a flat high plateau while the Low 9 coins letters seem to be rounded.

Mystery of the 1886 25 cents with a 6 over 3.

For the past 20 or 25 years the 1886 25 cent piece with long bough ends, no mintmark and the 6 over something has been known as a 6 over 3. Before that time it was thought of as a 6 over 5 but a early 1980's Charlton has it as a 6 over 3 based on an article. From the Winter of 1981 Charlton Catalog....

"A very interesting and long recognized overdate occurs on the 1886 ..... ..... in an article to be published soon it is proved conclusively that the overdate here illustrated is indeed 6/3."

The problem is, no one seems to know the article refered to, and I have not been able to locate a copy. Having done a search of the CNA Journal bibliography, Dan Gosling has told me it is not in that publication. I would ask if you have copies of the Canadian Coin News from 1980 to 1983 that you look for the article, I will do the same if I am able to find the time to visit Dan and look through his copies.

The 1883 Reverse die has the Short Bough Ends and all of the mintage has the H Mintmark.

The 1886 over 3 Reverse die has a Long Bough End and does not have an H Mintmark.

This means the die for the 1886 over 3 was made in 1886, there are no Long Bough End dies before 1886. Could they stamp a 3 in error and then correctly punch a 6 over it? It is a possibility. Another explanation is that nearing the end of 1886 they were beginning to make dies for the 1887 coins. For some reason they ran short of reverse dies for 1886 coins and thus had to punch a 6 over the 1887 die. This explains the Long Bough Ends .

Here's  overlay of a 1887 over a 1886/3 coin as well as the same 1886 over 3. Photos with permission of the Canadian Coinoisseur (Michael Walsh ), overlay by myself. It can be seen that the 7 over 6 is a definite possibilty.

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  From the pages of the Some Varieties of the 1859 Large Cent here is the very rare 9 over 6(or 9 over inverted 9). Brought to my attention by Brad aka BR on the Canadian Coin Reference Site.  Here's the thread....


New Elizabeth discovery, here's a 2001 five cent piece with a BUGTAIL? Discovered by Fordey (aka Bob Ford) on the Canadian Coin Reference Site. New Discovery of an Old Variety!