The decade spanning from 2000 to 2009 saw many changes by the Royal Canadian Mint as far as the five cent coin is concerned, as well as the introduction of new coins into circulation. Learn more about this decade below and see just how currency changed when it comes to the nickel.
2000 5 CENT COIN
In 1999, five cent coins were struck with steel plating and marked with the letter P. In 2000, these coins were introduced as circulation strikes and are harder to find then the solid nickel from the same year that does not have the letter P. Examples of the P coins can be found in proof-like sets that were minted in Winnipeg.
This same year, two special commemorative coins were minted in five cent form. The first was created for the Les Voltigeurs regiment which is headquartered in Quebec. This group was formed in 1962 and served in world war II as an armored regiment. The second coin was created for the Royal Military College of Canada which was established in 1874 at Kingston Ontario.
2001 5 CENT COIN
In 2001, the five cent coins issued for circulation would have the P and without the P, due to the type of striking. Plated steel blanks were used to strike the specimen and proof-like coins so these will have the letter P. Proof strikes were created with solid silver blanks so these coins will not have the letter P.
2002 5 CENT COIN
The year 2002 marked the 50th anniversary of the Queen’s accession. This year, the Royal Canadian Mint would create coins to commemorate the occasion. The coins would include the dates 1952-2002 underneath the head of the Queen on the obverse side instead of the usual date placement on the reverse side.
2003 5 CENT COIN
2003 would mark the final year in which the coins of Canada would depict an image of Queen Elizabeth with the old effigy crowned image. A new effigy uncrowned portrait would be used and titled the Coronation Portrait. This image was used for the 50th anniversary of the coronation and would become the standard portrait for the majority of coins that were produced after the year 2003.
2004 5 CENT COIN
Starting in 2004, the coins produced would use the new effigy portrait and would be struck on plated steel blanks. The only variation would be the solid silver proof examples.
This year also marked the 60th anniversary of the D day landing. The Royal Canadian Mint would create 5 cent coins to commemorate this anniversary with the reverse based on the 1943-1945 V nickels that were issued. The dates for this coin would show 1944-2004 by the V and random dots and dashes placed where the Morse code was previously placed around the edge.
2005 V-E DAY 5 CENT COIN
In 2005, the year marked the 60th anniversary of the Victory in European. A special 5 Cent coin was issued to mark the occasion. The dates 1945-2005 would be located by the V.
2006 5 CENT COIN
This year, the five cent could would be struck in three allows, sterling silver proofs, proof-like and specimen, plated steel mint and cupro-nickel in mint state. In the beginning, the coins would have a P to represent plated under the bust of the Queen. Later on in the year, the P would be replaced with a maple leaf mint logo.