Throughout its history, each of the nickel’s transformations provides a glimpse of a young nation that was seeking to define itself, and a Mint that would come into its own. This Legacy of the Canadian Nickel series is a retrospective look at the history of 5-cent coins issued by the Royal Canadian Mint; it continues with the 1951 five-cent coin design that commemorated the 200th anniversary of the identification of nickel as an element.
The reverse image features Stephen Trenka’s 1951 commemorative nickel design, which was originally engraved by the Mint’s legendary master engraver, Thomas Shingles. Here, the original 12-sided coin design has been enhanced thanks to multiple finishes and selective gold plating, which bring added depth and definition to the iconic image. With its long smoke stack rising up in the centre, the nickel refinery is beautifully rendered with finely detailed engraving, as are the three maple leaves below it. The reverse is engraved with is the word “CANADA” and the face value “5 CENTS”, while the original commemorative dates have been updated to reflect the current year “2015.” The obverse features T.H. Paget’s effigy of King George VI, who was the reigning monarch at the time of the coin’s issue.
A great gift for collectors of Canadiana-, history-themed and circulation coins!