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1944 No Chrome Canada 5-cents Very Fine (VF-20)

1944 No Chrome Canada 5-cents Very Fine (VF-20)
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1944 No Chrome Canada 5-cents Very Fine (VF-20)

War demands for copper and zinc forced a suspension in the use of tombac for the 5-cent piece, and the institution of plated steel. The steel was first plated with nickel, and then returned to the plating tank fro a very thin plating of chromium. The chromium was hard and helped decelerate wear. Unfortunately, it was necessary to plate the strips prior to the blanks being punched out. This resulted in the edges of the blanks, and hence the coins, being unplated and vunerable to rusting.

Some collectors have noticed steel 5-cent pieces which have a dull gray colour instead of the normal bluish-white colour. This is the result of some of the strips being plated with nickel only and missing the chromium plating.

Monarch: George VI
Designer and Engraver: Obv.: T.H. Paget, Thomas Shingles, Rev.: Thomas Shingles
Composition: Steel with 0.0127 mm plating of nickel
Weight: 4.54 g
Diameter (12-sided): 21.3 mm (opposite corners), 20.9 mm (opposite sides)
Edge: Plain
Die Axis: ↑ ↑
Mintage: 11,532,784

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