This coin is in EF45 condition, with traces of luster. It is a one year type, and not many were kept in good shape.
The obverse shows King George the 6th, bare headed and facing to the left. The legend reads “GEORGIVS VI D:G:REX ET IND:IMP:”
On the reverse, a flaming torch is placed in front of a Roman numeral 5 (V). The legend “CANADA” goes CW from 10:00 to 2:00, with the date spread on either side of the central device (“19 – 45″) and the other half of the denomination CW from 7:00 to 4:00 (“CENTS”).
Identification code: Canada KM-40 (1943 only)
Mint Mark: n/a
Country of origin: Canada
Composition: Tombac (Brass: 88% copper, 12% zinc)
Size: 21.2 mm in diameter, 1.7 mm thick
Other details: There are a *ton* of varieties of this “nickel”. This coin is dodecagonal, which was done to make it easy to tell them apart from the other circulating brass coinage (a 1 cent piece). The nickel that was normally used in 5 cent coins was a critical war material (much like the American 5 cent pieces, where silver was substituted).
Estimated Value: $2-5 (and less in worse shape… and I got this one for 10 cents from a junk bin)