Newfoundland five cents

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Work on the coinage tools for the Newfoundland five-cent coin began after the one-cent coin, so the coin has no legend. The first pattern is derived from the New Brunswick obverse with Newfoundland substituted for New Brunswick. [1]

Queen Victoria Laureated Portrait, 1865-1896[edit]

Specifications[edit]

Years Designers Engraver Composition Weight Diameter
1865-1876 Leonard C. Wyon Leonard C. Wyon .925 silver, .075 copper 1.18 grams 15.49 mm

Mintages[edit]

Year and Mint Mark Mintage
1865 80,000
1870 40,000
1872H 40,000
1873 40,000
1876H 20,000
1880 40,000
1881 40,000
1882H 60,000
1885 16,000
1888 40,000
1890 160,000
1894 160,000
1896 400,000

Edward VII 1903-1908[edit]

The obverse for this denomination is that of the Dominion of Canada coins. The reverse, a new design, by George W. DeSaulles, was one of the last coinage designs before his death. [2]

Mintages[edit]

Date and Mint Mark Mintage
1903 100,000
1904H 100,000
1908 400,000

George V 1912-1929[edit]

The obverse is the same as for the Dominion of Canada issue and the reverse is the same as the Newfoundland Edward VII issue. [3]

Specifications[edit]

Designer Engraver Composition Weight (1912) Weight (1917-1929) Diameter (1912) Diameter (1917-1929)
Sir E.B. MacKennal George W. DeSaulles .925 silver, .075 copper 1.18 grams 1.17 grams 15.49 mm 15.69 mm

Mintages[edit]

Date and Mint Mark Mintage
1912 300,000
1917C 300,319
1919C 300,000
1920C 100,844
1929 300,000

George VI 1938-1947[edit]

There was much debate as to whether the government of Newfoundland would keep producing a silver five cent coin or adopt a nickel five cent coin. Due to a strong conservative element, the decision was made to change only the cent. The reverse design was continued while the obverse had the effigy that was the standard portrait for the British colonial coinages. [4]

The 1946 coin had the lowest mintage of any five cent coin. Published official mint reports, as well as unpublished mint accounting records, do not indicate any mintage of the five cent coin during 1946. The speculation is that the 1946 coin was actually minted in 1947. Therefore, the figures for 1946 and 1947 are considered unofficial. [5]

Specifications[edit]

Designer Engraver Composition (1938-1944) Composition (1945-1947) Weight Diameter (1938) Diameter (1940-1947)
Percy Metcalfe George W. DeSaulles .925 silver, .075 copper .800 silver, .200 copper 1.17 grams 15.69 mm 15.49 mm

Mintages[edit]

Date and Mint Mark Mintage
1938 100,000
1940C 200,000
1941C 612,641
1942C 298,348
1943C 351,666
1944C 286,504
1945C 203,828
1946C 2,041
1947C 38,400

References[edit]

  1. ^ Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian Coins, p. 38, W.K. Cross, 60th Edition, 2006
  2. ^ Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian Coins, p. 40, W.K. Cross, 60th Edition, 2006
  3. ^ Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian Coins, p. 41, W.K. Cross, 60th Edition, 2006
  4. ^ Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian Coins, p. 41, W.K. Cross, 60th Edition, 2006
  5. ^ Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian Coins, p. 41, W.K. Cross, 60th Edition, 2006