Tuesday, January 18, 2011

1948 Canada Cent (Var. 2)

Do you have Canadian cent and want to know its value? Leave a comment

Finally a Canadian cent with a little more of a story. Varieties among Canadian cents often involves the denticles. Although Firefox's spellchecker thinks denticles is not a real word it is a numismatic term. It refers to the tooth-like design elements that you see in on the inside if rim of  certain coins. They kind of look like fence posts to me but they already have a name so I will not change it.

Denticles are very small and are often overlooked. They are a part of the original design and should always be in the same place relative to the entire design. When they are not it is because the design of coin was slightly modified and that is a variety, sometimes due to low and high relief changes, sometimes due to changing the master die or matrix.

That is what happened with this coin it has three varieties all involving the denticles.


Sure it looks like any other old Canadian cent with King Geroge VI on front and the maple leafs on the back. Plus there is a quit a bit of verdigris all over the coin.

What to look for in this year, and maybe in every other, is the size of denticles and where the last A in GRATIA points.


Just because I am familiar with denticle size I know these are the large variety, but if they were small they would look more like spikes then teeth.


Then the A. It should either point to a denticle or point in between one. This is where photo software can help. After blowing up the image you can then draw a straight line from the center of the A and not strain your eyes to see where it points.

Yup, turns out mine is the least valuable the 1948 "A" points to large denticle, this is the second listed I call it Variety 2.

Variety 1 is the "A" points to small denticle. Worth the most, five times normal.
Variety 3 is the "A" points between large denticle. Worth slightly more than Var. 2.

Type/Country: 1 Cent / Canada
Year: 1948 Var. 2
Mintage: 25,767,779 includes all varieties
Metal: 98% Copper, 0.5% Tin, 1.5% Zinc
Value: $0.05 in G

Have not discovered anything new this year, still going through December finds.

Do you have a cent from Canada and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

34 dollars worth, for Comments/Questions click here.:

Kelly said...

"turns out mine is the least valuable"

Of course it is, that is the way things go.

Office chair?

Man said...

Office chair?

So close laptop bag for work, granted I carry more food in it.

Kelly said...

Dang!

Hey, this probably isn't the place for it, but you should register to take the online Jeopardy test.

Man said...

Hey, this probably isn't the place for it, but you should register to take the online Jeopardy test.

Read it on your site but I do not like being in front of cameras. Half of the criteria is to energetic and I can only fake it for a little while.

Man said...

Forgot a "be" somewhere in that sentence.

David M said...

I got a question on a Buffalo Nickel I picked up recently 1936 S. I got it for $2 and I'm wondering if I got a good deal. It was marked Fine but on closer inspection I found that part of the horn (the base not the point) is still visible and it could appear to be VF. Any thoughts?

Man said...

Buffalo Nickel I picked up recently 1936 S. I got it for $2 and I'm wondering if I got a good deal. It was marked Fine but on closer inspection I found that part of the horn (the base not the point) is still visible and it could appear to be VF

If fine about $1.75
If very-fine about $2.00

David M said...

Hey Man, I was wondering if you've seen some of the commercials for the 2010 Gold $50 Buffalo Nickel on sale for just $10. No I'm not a bot, but I wasn't sure if this thing was legitimate or if it just wanted my credit card number because that seems like an outrageous deal with the price gold is currently at. Any ideas?

David M said...

More specifically, this exact commercial
http://www.asseenontvpromo.com/collectibles/50-gold-buffalo-coin/

Man said...

copy of the 2010 $50 Buffalo Gold Clad Tribute Proof in 31 mg of pure gold.

This is a fake made at a private mint, it has about $1.36 worth of gold, probably less, plated on some cheap metal.

Full metal value is probably $2.00.
Stay away unless you want a fake or art piece.

Kelly said...

Give me a break. Do you watch the show? The contestants are nowhere near energetic. However, I could see this being the case on Wheel of Fortune or something. I feel you on the camera thing, though.

Man said...

Give me a break. Do you watch the show?

No but I get it, you are not the first person to suggest it.
Maybe one day, I'd love to face that computer.

coincrazy said...

i have wheat coins from 1924 to 1967


can i send pics?

i hate typing all the details:)

Man said...

wheat coins from 1924 to 1967 can i send pics?

If you want to post pictures somewhere and drop a link that is fine.

If you meant U.S. Wheat cents they ended in 1958 not 1967.

Assuming good grade...
1958-1967 are just about $0.03 each.
Unless you have a 1924-D or 1931-S then the rest are about $0.20 each give or take $0.75.

Anonymous said...

Hey, I am a thirteen year old who loves to collect coins and i have a medium sized collection now. every so often i go to the bank and get rolls of pennies, quarters, nickles, and dimes to try and get something interesting but this almost never works. is there any better way to find these cool coins if i dont have any money and dont get change? thanks man

Man said...

is there any better way to find these cool coins if i dont have any money and dont get change?

The only way I know of is trading on forums. Join several coin forums and see their rules on trading and how active the community gets.

Coin Community
Collectors Universe
The above 2 are good.

Anonymous said...

i have 1945 canada georgivs with just the head what it wroth

Man said...

1945 canada georgivs with just the head

Sounds damaged, no extra value.
Any one-sided coin is not possible.

Anonymous said...

I have a Canada cent from 1951, george on the back. I wouldn't think twice about it except that it's gold on the outside, and by what appears to be a burn test mark, silver on the inside. Any ideas?

-Andee

Man said...

Canada cent from 1951, george on the back. I wouldn't think twice about it except that it's gold on the outside, and by what appears to be a burn test mark, silver on the inside.

Sounds plated, often to plate coins they use 6 or 7 layers of silver, gold, copper, and nickel. This is normal for plated coins and the test prove it was not solid gold or even well plated.

No extra value.

Anonymous said...

I have quite a few Canadian Pennies ranging in years 1901 - 1917. I know they aren't in mint condition but I can still read all information on them and am curious of they're value. Most have King George on them but do have a couple with Victoria.

Man said...

Canadian Pennies in good...
1901 about $2.00
1902 about $1.50
1903 about $1.50
1904 about $2.00
1905 about $3.00
1906 about $1.50
1907 about $2.00
1907H about $10.00
1908 about $2.50
1909 about $1.50
1910 about $1.50
1911 about $0.75
1912 about $0.75
1913 about $0.75
1914 about $1.00
1915 about $0.75
1916 about $0.50
1917 about $0.50

Of course in higher grades they are worth more but this is a good base for the lowest possible values.

Anonymous said...

could you please tell me where I can buy A digital scales for coins

Anonymous said...

I have A 1904 V nickel and a 1907 Indian head penny and A 1936 F.buffalo nickel they are in real good shape could you please tell me if they are worth any thing thank you

Man said...

could you please tell me where I can buy A digital scales for coins

I bought mine at Amazon.com.
I discussed it here before...
http://coinedformoney.blogspot.com/2006/07/coin-scale.html

Man said...

1904 V nickel about $2.00
1907 Indian head penny about $2.00

1936 F.buffalo nickel about $1.00 but F is just the designers initial the real mintmark is on the reverse below the E and C in FIVE CENTS.

If nothing is there that means Philly mint.
All have the same value.

Anonymous said...

my 7 yr old son found a 1947 canadian penny .this is printed on it GEORGIVS VI D :G:REX ET IND :IMP:

Man said...

1947 canadian penny about $0.10

Anonymous said...

what about a 1942 Canadian penny??

Man said...

1942 Canadian penny about $0.10

carl said...

I have 4 1888 Canadian 1 cent coins in VG condition and a 1899 1 cent coin in Good condition....

Man said...

1888 Canadian 1 cent coins in VG condition about $5.00 each
1899 1 cent coin in Good condition about $3.00

James J Clifford said...

I picked up a 1975 Canadian $50 bill from the ATM machine today. Serial EHA1185200
This bill is in exceptional condition. It seems like someone kept it away all these years, and got desperate and spent it! Value?

Man said...

1975 Canadian $50 bill from the ATM machine today. Serial EHA1185200
This bill is in exceptional condition.


If there are no folds and it is crisp then about $200.00

If there are folds but but still has crispness about $75.00

Anything more than 3 folds just face value.