In addition to our large Canadian coin inventory, we also stock and carry rare US coins for coin collectors abroad. Please contact us by clicking the contact button at the top of the page to inquire about the availability of our US decimal coins; we have 1 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents, and silver dollars.
We are also interested in hearing from you should you be interested in selling your collection.
For those who didn’t know, the Royal Mint (London) struck the first Canadian 5 cents, which were entirely of silver between 1858 and 1922. These coins were consistent with the US decimal 10 cent coins, therefore, Canadian 5 cent pieces were the size of a dime during these years, hence their name “small” or “tiny” 5 cents. These pieces are always a joy to see in someone’s collection, and for those coin collectors looking to complete their collections, we may have just what you are looking for. Contact us via the contact button at the top of the page.
Toonies are the nickname given to the Canadian 2 dollar coin was introduced in 1996. The toonie is a beautiful two-piece coin comprised of nickel outer ring and aluminum bronze until 2012. After 2012 the inner aluminum bronze also became brass coated as the outer ring also became steel coated with multi-ply plated nickel as the striking process became more refined.
The introduction of the toonie solved the problem of the 2 dollar bill only lasting one year. Each toonie piece is expected to last about twenty years in circulation.
Loonies refer to the Canadian 1 dollar coin introduced by the Royal Canadian mint in 1987 as the Canadian dollar bill was taken out of circulation. The Loonie coined its name (no pun intended!) by the Loon bird portrayed on its reverse; as with all modern Canadian coins Queen Elizabeth II is portrayed on its obverse. The Loonie is unique as it is gold-coloured,
Though Canadian dollar coin was first struck in silver, then nickel (as of 1968), the modern day Loonie has become known as the symbol of the Canadian dollar coin
In 2014 the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) introduced the Lucky Loonie as a commemorative piece for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
The Royal Canadian Mint introduced nickel dollars for general circulation in 1968 after they stopped using silver. Unfortunately, many think that nickel dollars refer to the Loonie, which was introduced in 1987. The Canadian nickel dollar coin looks silver and continues to be struck since 1968. With the exception of special commemorative coins from the RCM, nickel dollars continue to be struck and should not be confused with the Loonie.
There were no years of noteworthy importance with nickel dollars except for 1982, which saw the planchet varieties, of which only 2 are known to exist. The 1982 nickel dollar exists on a rolled thin planchet. The normal planchet has a weight of 15.62 grams, a diameter of 32.13 mm, and a thickness of 2.50 mm. The thin planchet consists of incomplete reeding. Its weight is 7.78 grams, a diameter of 31.82 mm, and a thickness of 1.50 mm.
Silver dollars are probably the most sought after coin denomination by coin enthusiasts and collectors alike, if not for their sheer silver value, but for their mystique.
The 1947 series include the Blunt and Pointed 7 and the Maple Leaf issue, while the Arnprior varieties (1950-1952, 1957). are still just as popular.
The 1982 planchet series (like the nickel dollar of the same year) featured the coin on a rolled thin planchet. The normal planchet has a weight of 15.62 grams, a diameter of 32.13 mm, and a thickness of 2.50 mm. The thin planchet consists of incomplete reeding. Its weight is 7.78 grams, a diameter of 31.82 mm, and a thickness of 1.50 mm. As with its nickel dollar successor, only two are known to exist.
We have many 50 cents. If you need a 50 cent piece in silver, nickel, or one of the later ones made mostly of steel you can count on us to probably have it. If not, make a request and we will try to source it for you. Canadian 50 cent pieces were struck between 1908 and the present (2013). Did you know only 28,000 pieces were struck between 1921 and 1929 making 50 cent pieces minted these years very rare and exceptionally sought after. Furthermore, the Mint melted the stock coins they had in 1920 and 1921 for the public’s perception that there wouldn’t appear to have too many of these coins on the market, suggesting there were counterfeit coins circulating. Click on the link button if you are looking for 50 cents.
Canadian 25 cents always seem to be in high demand at the store. Admittedly, 25 cent pieces have a thing about them that make them fun to have. I refer to these as the most seductive of pieces as they can vary widely in value. The 1991 version is a great example of why 25 cent pieces are interesting to own; with only some 459,000 struck this coin is seen fetching as much as CAD$15 to add in one’s collection.
What is it about 10 cents that many keep these collectible pieces the least spoken about?
Some notable dates:
1936 dot – only 5 known in existence. One sold at auction for USD$184,000
1969 Large Date – Fewer than 20 examples of the large date variety exist. High-grade versions of this coin sell for $15,000 to $30,000. There is only one graded in mint state as of 2012.(source: wikipedia.org)
1999p – The first Canada 10 cent coin issued with the new plating “P” process. Plated coins are marked with a small “P” beneath the Queen’s effigy on the obverse of the coin. Mintage is limited to 20,000 coins.(source: wikipedia.org)
2000p: The 2000p Canada dime is scarce with fewer than 250 examples minted. The 2000p dime was lent to the vending industry by the Royal Canadian Mint to test the compatibility of the new plating process of circulation coins with existing vending machines and meters. Under contractual obligation, these coins were to be returned to the Mint once the compatibility tests were complete. Of the approximately 250 coins minted, many were not returned to the mint leading to significant debate surrounding the legality of owning these coins. High-grade examples of the 2000p 10 cent issue range from $1,500 to $3,000 CDN. Unlike the 5 cent 2000p issues, the 10 cent coin was not officially released by the Mint, and entered the numismatic market illegally and are still the property of the Royal Canadian Mint. (source: wikipedia.org)
The larger, base metal Canadian 5 cents became available in 1922, after the tiny version (similar to a dime) was ceased.
The 1921 Canadian 5 cent is one of the most rarest of Canadian coins searched for by the serious coin enthusiast. The 1921 Canadian 5 cent is referred to as the “Prince of Canadian Coins” with only between 400 and 480 specimens known to be in circulation. An MS67 specimen was sold at auction for $115,000.