Conan Barbarian's Blog

07 Jan 2018

1947 Canadian Dime

| Conan Barbarian

Over the holidays my grandfather gave me a bunch of old Canadian coins including many silver dimes. among these dimes was a 1947 maple leaf. now a little back story:
Canada was under the British rule for the longest time and to this day (even after they declared independent) the head of the British monarchs are found on their coinage. well in 1947 India became independent from Britain and there for the Latin phrase on the obverse didn't hold true anymore "GEORGIVS Vl D : G : REX ET IND: IMP:" - omnipotent King of Great Britain and Emperor of India. Since it was too late to change all of those dies that were already made for that year they added a maple leaf next to the date to symbolize the loss of India. the following year they rewrote the phrase but only the king of great Britain.

this is true by all the 1947 issued coins (at least in Canada) but there is a variety that does not have the leaf that were released earlier in the year. (i believe those ones are rarer and consequently worth more)



Level 6

Just got a 25 cent coin this last weekend. Kind of fun to get ton. Thanks!


Level 6

Did you know Canada does not have dimes, quarters, and half dollars. They are ten cents, 25 cents and 50 cents.

Conan Barbarian

Level 5

yeah but us americans just keep it simple . but i will keep in mind for future blogs, thank you


Level 6

Good coin. I recall getting 1 in change & I thought it was a big deal. It is!


Level 5

Very interesting. I had never heard that. I look for 1947 dated coins because that is when my parents were born.


Level 3

I really enjoy the history behind the coins. Thanks.


Level 6

What a cool Grandfather you have! Have fun with your new coins! I really enjoyed your blog and photo!


Level 7

There great coins. You should or enjoy them. There is alot of history behind them. Thanks for the great blog. Mike

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