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1951 Commemorative (Refinery) Canada 5-cents ICCS Certified MS-64

1951 Commemorative (Refinery) Canada 5-cents ICCS Certified MS-64
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1951 Commemorative (Refinery) Canada 5-cents ICCS Certified MS-64

In 1950 plans were made to strike a coin to commemorate the isolation and naming of the element nickel by the Swedish chemist A.F. Cronstedt in 1751. The three Canadian commemorative coins issued up to that time had been silver dollars, but the 5-cent piece was selected for use in 1951 because it was the only denomination struck in nickel. The design was chosen from entries submitted to the Mint in an open compeition, the first time in Canada where this was done for coinage that was actually issued. The winning design depicts a nickel refinery, with low buildings flanking a smoke stack in the centre.

Monarch: George VI
Designer and Engraver: Obv.: T.H. Paget, Thomas Shingles, Rev.: Stephan Trenka
Composition: 1.00 nickel
Weight: 4.54 g
Diameter (12-sided): 21.3 mm (opposite corners), 20.9 mm (opposite sides)
Edge: Plain
Die Axis: ↑ ↑
Mintage: 8,329,321

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