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1953 SS Canada 5-cents Brilliant Uncirculated (MS-63)

1953 SS Canada 5-cents Brilliant Uncirculated (MS-63)
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1953 Shoulder Strap Canada 5-cents Brilliant Uncirculated (MS-63)

The portrait model for the new Queen Elizabeth coinages was prepared in England by sculptress Mrs. Mary Gillick. The relief of this model was too high, with the result that the centre portion containing two lines on the shoulder (representing a fold in the Queen's gown) did not strike up well on the coins. This first obverse variety has been commonly termed the "No Shoulder Strap (or Fold)" variety by many collectors. Later in 1953, the Royal Canadian Mint decided to correct the defects in the obverse design. Thomas Shingles, the Mint's Chief Engraver, lowered the relief of the model, and strengthened the shoulder and hair detail. This modified obverse (often called the "Shoulder Strap (or Fold)" variety due to the resemblance of the lines to a strap) was introduced before the end of the year and became the standard obverse.

On the Canada 5-cent, these varieties are best distinguished on coins by observing the styles of the letters in the obverse legends; on the No Shoulder Strap variety, the letters are more flared (particularly the E and I of "DEI"), and the Maple Leaf on the reverse is further from the rim of the coin. Shoulder Strap varieties show more straight-sided I's, and the Maple Leaf on the reverse is closer to the rim.

Monarch: Elizabeth II
Designer and Engraver: Obverse: Mary Gillick, Thomas Shingles; Rev.: G.E. Kruger-Gray, Thomas Shingles
Composition: Steel with 0.0127 mm plating of nickel and 0.0003 mm plating of chromium
Weight: 4.54 g
Diameter (12-sided): 21.3 mm
Edge: Plain
Die Axis: ↑↑
Mintage: 16,635,552

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