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 quickly come into its own. This Legacy of the Canadian Nickel series is a retrospective look at the history of 5-cent coins minted by the Royal Canadian Mint; it continues with the iconic beaver design that has graced the nickel’s reverse since 1937.
Finely detailed engraving faithfully recreates the reverse image that was first introduced in 1937, while multiple finishes and selective gold plating bring added definition to G. E. Kruger-Gray’s well-known design. With a chewed log lying by its side (at left), a beaver perches atop a rock-studded mound that rises up from the rippled surface of the water below. Above the beaver, the engraved face value “5 CENTS” is framed on both sides by a maple leaf; Kruger-Gray’s initials are engraved next to the mound while below it is the word “CANADA” and the year “2015”. The coin’s reverse image is trimmed with a repetitive dotted engraving. The obverse features the effigy by Susanna Blunt of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who was the reigning monarch at the time of this coin’s first issue.
A great gift for collectors of Canadiana, history-themed and circulation coins!