Talk:Coins of the Canadian dollar

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There is an even earlier effagy of the Queen which appeared on Canadian coins. She's quite young, and has what can only be describ ed as ribbons in her hair. It should be added.


There is another set of quarters - the provincial series of 1992. As well, I believe all denominations in 1992 were "special" .. yup, see here: http://members.shaw.ca/kcic1/coins3.html for pictures of them all. cheater 21:28, 16 January 2007 (UTC)

Transfer content from Royal Canadian Mint[edit]

The article Royal Canadian Mint contains a good deal of content that relates specifically to Coins of the Canadian dollar and would more appropriately go in this article -- for example, about the WW2 change in the composition of the nickel. (And neither article mentions the consequent shape change, which persisted for 20 years.)

I've put "mergeto" tags on a couple of sections in the RCM article, but really someone needs to go through it sentence by sentence and transfer those parts of the content that belong here, not whole sections. 207.176.159.90 00:21, 15 March 2007 (UTC)

Agreed. --ChoChoPK (球球PK) (talk | contrib) 00:51, 15 March 2007 (UTC)

Even though some things are similar in the two articles, the Royal Canadian Mint main article needs the information too. As the main article, it should have all key elements. Maple Leaf 13:03, 25 June 2007 (UTC)

Reasons for coin size similarities?[edit]

The historical sizes of the coins less than 50¢ are identical to those of U.S. coins due to both nations using the Spanish dollar as the basis of their money.

Can someone explain this connection further? I'm sure it's at least 150 years since the Spanish dollar coin was withdrawn from circulation in the US and Canada, and it doesn't adequately explain why Canadian coins worth less than a dollar are still the same size as the equivalent US coinage.

Changing the coins isn't all that difficult. Here in the UK, three circulating coins (the 5p, 10p, and 50p) have been changed in size in recent years with no apparent problems, and in the same time frame numerous European countries have changed over their entire currencies (coinage included) to the Euro - so it would clearly be possible for Canada to change its coin sizes if it really wanted to. This leads me to wonder if there are some clear advantages, other than mere historical precedent, in keeping the coins the same size as the USA's. 217.155.20.163 21:17, 29 April 2007 (UTC)

Sure they could be changed if anyone "really wanted to", but nobody does, so why not leave them alone? The sizes are the same as when silver coins were silver, about 40 years ago now, and that's where the connection to the Spanish dollar is. --207.176.159.90 (talk) 02:16, 18 January 2008 (UTC)


I've made some changes to the section on coin sizes, since some of it was inaccurate, and the speculation about the Spanish dollar being the origin of the similarity seemed erroneous. Historically, the coins of Canada and the US have not been identical, as I mention in the rewritten section, and there are also historical similarities between Canadian and British coins:

The sizes of the coins less than 50¢ are identical to those of U.S. coins, though this was not always the case. The US penny settled on its current size in 1857, whereas the Canadian penny was much larger (25.4 mm) until 1920. There was some correspondence between the size of Canadian coins and British coins of similar value. For example, the large Canadian penny was identical in size and value to the contemporary British half-penny, which were 25.4 millimetres in the Edward VII version, and slightly larger during Victoria's reign. Likewise, the Canadian quarter (23.81 mm diameter) was virtually identical in size and value to the British shilling (worth ~24 Canadian cents, or 12 British pennies, with a 24mm diameter). The Canadian 5 cent coin, until the larger nickel coins of 1922, were 15mm silver coins quite different from the US Liberty Head Nickels of 1883-1913, which were 21.2mm and copper/nickel alloy.

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Missing obverse illustration[edit]

Any reason why the QE2 obverse of 1952-65 isn't illustrated? I imagine the intent isn't to create a gallery (otherwise it could be asked why not any George VI, George V etc. obverses, too) but the 52-65 obverse is still widely circulated. 68.146.41.232 16:42, 8 November 2007 (UTC)

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Use of US coins[edit]

How common is the use of same sized US coins in Canada? I found a reference in a council's bylaw in relation to parking meters; http://city.brockville.on.ca/forms/119-89%20Parking%20By-law.pdf. If you look at section 89 d, it seems to imply that they are happy, or at least not against US coins being used in their parking meters. Tarcus (talk) 09:03, 15 April 2008 (UTC)

I'd bet a lot of meters (& phone booths) won't accept (or recognize) U.S. coins because they're made slightly differently, so they'd be read as slugs. TREKphiler hit me ♠ 12:18, 13 July 2008 (UTC)
In vending machines and parking meters, they'd probably not work in most cases. The sizes are very similar but the compositions and weights are different. Though if they do work, whoever's operating the machines probably won't mind since the US dollar is usually worth slightly more than the Canadian dollar. 75.76.213.106 (talk) 05:31, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

Toonie popping[edit]

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Canadian Half-Penny[edit]

I have an actual Canadian half-penny from 1964, but there isn't anything on Wikipedia about a Canadian half-penny. I think we should add something for it. NathanMan2000 This coin must be British as there haven't been Canadian half pennies since 1857 when half penny tokens were last issued by banks. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 96.54.100.98 (talk) 12:30, 25 March 2011 (UTC)

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