Canada 1943 5 Cent Coin – V for Victory

This coin is in EF45 condition, with traces of luster. It is a one year type, and not many were kept in good shape.

Coin - Canada 1943 5 Cent - V for Victory in Brass Obverse

Coin – Canada 1943 5 Cent – V for Victory in Brass Obverse

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:”

Coin - Canada 1943 5 Cent - V for Victory in Brass Reverse

Coin – Canada 1943 5 Cent – V for Victory in Brass Reverse

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)

Date: 1943

Mint Mark: n/a

Mintage: 24,760,256

Country of origin: Canada

Composition: Tombac (Brass: 88% copper, 12% zinc)

Size: 21.2 mm in diameter, 1.7 mm thick

Weight: 4.5g

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)

Coin - Canada 1943 5 Cent - V for Victory in Brass Obverse 2

Coin – Canada 1943 5 Cent – V for Victory in Brass Obverse 2

Coin - Canada 1943 5 Cent - V for Victory in Brass Reverse 2

Coin – Canada 1943 5 Cent – V for Victory in Brass Reverse 2

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