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Victory 5 Cents Coin Collection

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• In 1943 1943, Canada introduced a new reverse design for the 5 Cents coin.

• Instead of the beaver, it featured a torch and “V” for “victory” to help promote Canada’s World War II effort.

• The “V” has a double meaning:  it was a representation of Winston Churchill's “V” for victory sign and of the Roman numeral “V” for five cents.  

• A code message “We Win When We Work Willingly” is inscribed around the rim on the reverse.

• The “Victory” coin was struck until 1945 when the war ended;  the beaver design returned in 1946.

• The 1943 and some 1944 coins were struck in tombac, an alloy that was developed to replace nickel in the 5 Cents coin.

• Tombac is a type of brass made from .880 copper and .120 zinc.

• Some 1944 and all 1945 coins were struck in steel because copper and zinc were needed for the war effort.

• The tombac and steel coins are 12-sided so they could be differentiated from a penny when they tarnished. 

• The obverse of each World War II coin shows the portrait of King George VI.

• In 2005, the Royal Canadian Mint re-issued the wartime Victory nickel to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II.

• The 2005 coin features the same Victory design but with the dual dates 1945 and 2005.

• The 2005 coin is nickel-plated steel;  it is round.

• There are 4 “Victory” 5 Cents coins in the set – one from each year from 1943 to 1945, plus the 2005 coin.

• Two coins are tombac (.880 copper and .120 zinc), one is steel, and one is nickel-plated steel (.945 steel, .035 copper, and .020 nickel).

• The obverse of the 2005 coin shows the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

The collection comes in a custom display wallet with a Certificate of Authenticity.


SKU: 14B2
Price: $29.99


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