Canada: 1920-1936 George V Small Cent


Quick Coinage Facts

Years Minted: 1920-1936
Total Mintage: 118,059,440
Composition: 95.5% copper, 3% tin and 1.5% zinc
Diameter: 19.05 mm
Weight: 3.24 grams
Obverse Design: Maple Leaf
Reverse Design: Bust
Unique Features:


The George the V Small Cent is Canada's very first small cent issue. Production began in 1920 and replaced it's predecessor which also ended in the same year. Since both coins were minted in the same year be sure to ask if you are purchasing a large or small cent coin if ordering through the mail, a sight unseen internet site or auction.

The obverse, designed by Sir E. B. MacKennal, features the bust of George the V encircled with the words "GEORGIVS V DEI GRA ET IND IMP". The reverse, designed by W. H. J. Blakemore and engraved by Fred Lewis, features two maple leafs on the left & right side of the words "ONE CENT". On the outer periphery is the word "CANADA" while the date is located at the base of the design.



Variety 1 - No Dot Variety 2 - With Dot
plain field below date small dot located just below the date
minted 1920 to 1936 minted 1936 only

General Market Notes

In collector grades of Very Fine (VF) to Extra Fine (XF), all issues are affordable to collectors of all budgets.

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