Canada: 1937-1952 George VI 10 Cents (Dime)


Quick Coinage Facts

Years Minted: 1937-1952
Composition: 80% Silver
Diameter: 18.03 mm
Weight: 2.33 grams (.060 oz of silver)
Total Series Mintage: 164,668,907
Obverse Design: Bust Design
Reverse Design: Ship
Unique Features: none


The obverse, designed & engraved by T.H. Paget, features the bust of George the VI facing left. At the bottom of George's neck are the designer’s initials “HP”. On the outer periphery are the words "GEORGIVS VI D:G : REX ET IND : IMP :".

The reverse, designed & engraved by Emanuel Hahn, features a fishing schooner under sail. The design was based on the famous Canadian racing schooner The Bluenose. Above the design the word “CANADA”and below the design is the denomination “10 CENTS”. Off to the left of the front of the ship is the designers initial "H".

Obverse Reverse Designer's Initial

Major Varieties

In 1947 India received its independence. The obverse legend "IND IMP" (India's Emperor) had to be removed from the King's titles on any British Commonwealth coins dating 1948 or newer.

Variety 1 – 1937-1947 Old Obverse Legend
Variety 2 - 1947 Maple Leaf by date
Variety 3 – 1948-1952 New Obverse Legend

New Obverse Legend

General Market Notes

There are no rarities in the series. For a potential sleeper look for the 1948 issue with a mintage of only 422,741.

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