In 1973, the Royal Canadian Mint issued the 25-cent piece to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The 1973 Large Bust Canadian 25-cent was actually one of two varieties introduced that year.
A new obverse was to be introduced with a smaller, more detailed portrait of the Queen and fewer rim beads. However, an estimated fewer than 10,000 large bust coins were minted using the 1972 obverse. The large bust variety is also referred to as the mule bust.
The 1973 Canadian 25-cent large bust variety is a rare find but can be found on eBay as an individual piece or part of a PL set for about $300CAD. As of December 2017, Canadian Coin News values a 1973 Canadian 25-cent large bust in MS-63 state at $750CAD.
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)
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