Canada: 1911-1936 George V 25 Cents


Quick Coinage Facts

Years Minted: 1911-1936
Composition 1911-1919: 92.5% Silver, 7.5% Copper (0.1734 ounces of silver)
Composition 1920-1936: 80% Silver, 20% Copper (0.150 ounces of silver)
Diameter Type: 23.5  mm
Weight: Silver 5.83 grams
Total Series Mintage: 35,152,226
Obverse Design: Bust Design
Reverse Design: Wreath
Unique Features:  


The obverse, designed by E.B MacKennal, features the bust of King George the V facing left.  On the outer periphery are the words "GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: REX ET IND: IMP:".

The reverse, designed by W. H. J. Blakemore , features a wreath & crown that encircles the words "25 CENTS CANADA" with the date below.  The reverse design was actually carried over from the Queen Victoria and King Edward VII series.

Coin Varieties

4 Major Varieties
Variety 1 – 1911 “Godless” No - "DEI GRA" in motto
Variety 2 – 1912 to 1919  with “DEI GRA” in motto
Variety 3 – 1920 to 1936 Reduced Silver Content 80% silver, 20% copper (0.1500 ounces of silver)
Variety 4 – 1936 with a “dot” below wreath on reverse

Obverse Reverse 1911 “Godless”
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General Market Notes

The key coins are the 1915 & 1921 issues. The semi-keys are the 1914, 1927 & 1936 with “Dot” issues.

For those on the hunt for a potential “sleeper” look no further than the 1934 issue. With a mintage of 384,350 it represents the second smallest mintage of the series but it's price tag is considerably less than that of the keys & semi-keys.


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