Technical Aspects of Canadian Coinage -
Pre Confederation Coinage

Province of Canada

Denomination Date Composition Weight Diameter
Troy oz Grains Grams Inches MM
One cent 1858-1859 .95 Copper .04 Tin .01 Zinc (B) .146 70 4.5 1 25.4
Five Cents 1858 .925 Silver .075 Copper  (SS) .037 18 1.167 .61 15.494
Ten Cents 1858 .925 Silver .075 Copper (SS) .075 36 2.33 .71 18.034
Twenty Cents 1858 .925 Silver .075 Copper (SS) .15 72 4.67 .916 23.27
MM - Measurement in Millimeters.
(B) - Alloy known as "Bronze".
(SS) - Alloy known as "Sterling Silver".

 Technical Aspects of Canadian Coinage - New Brunswick

New Brunswick

Denomination Date Composition Weight Diameter
Troy oz Grains Grams Inches MM

Half Cent

1861 .950 Copper .040 Tin .010 Zinc (B) .091 43.75 2.835 .813 20.65
One Cent 1861 .950 Copper .040 Tin .010 Zinc (B) .182 87.5 5.67 1.005 25.53
Five Cents 1862-1864 .925 Silver .075 Copper (SS)  .0375 17.9 1.162 .61 15.49
Ten Cents 1862-1864 .925 Silver .075 Copper (SS) .075 35.9 2.324 .705 17.91
Twenty Cents 1862-1864 .925 Silver .075 Copper (SS) .15 71.7 4.648 .905 22.99
MM - Measurement in Millimeters.
(B) - Alloy known as "Bronze".
(SS) - Alloy known as "Sterling Silver".

Technical Aspects of Canadian Coinage - Newfoundland

Newfoundland

Denomination Date Composition Weight Diameter
Troy oz Grains Grams Inches MM

One Cent

1865-1896 .950 Copper .040 Tin .010 Zinc (B) .182 87.5 5.67 .997 25.33
One Cent 1904-1913 .950 Copper .040 Tin .010 Zinc (B) .182 87.5 5.67 1.005 25.53
One Cent 1917-1920 .950 Copper .040 Tin .010 Zinc (B) .182 87.5 5.67 1 25.4
One Cent 1929, 1936 .955 Copper .030 Tin .015 Zinc (B) .182 87.5 5.67 1.005 25.53
One Cent 1938-1947 .955 Copper .030 Tin .015 Zinc (B) .104 50 3.24 .75 19.05
Five Cents 1865-1912 .925 Silver .075 Copper (SS) .585 18.18 1.178 .61 15.49
Five Cents 1917-1944 .925 Silver .075 Copper (SS) .0375 18 1.166 .61 15.49
Five Cents 1929, 1938 .925 Silver .075 Copper (SS) .0375 18 1.166 .62 15.69
Five Cents 1945-1947 .800 Silver .200 Copper .0375 18 1.166 .61 15.49
Ten Cents 1865-1896 .925 Silver .075 Copper (SS) 1.17 36.36 2.356 .708 17.98
Ten Cents 1903-1912 .925 Silver .075 Copper (SS) 1.17 36.36 2.356 .707 17.96
Ten Cents 1917-1944 .925 Silver .075 Copper (SS) .075 36 2.333 .71 18.03
Ten Cents 1945-1947 .800 Silver .200 Copper .075 36 2.333 .71 18.03
Twenty Cents 1865-1912 .925 Silver .075 Copper (SS) 2.34 72.72 4.713 .91 23.19
Twenty-Five Cents 1917-1919 .925 Silver .075 Copper (SS) 2.64 82.1 5.32 .93 23.62
Fifty Cents 1870-1911 .925 Silver .075 Copper (SS) 5.85 181.8 11.782 1.175 29.85
Fifty Cents 1917-1919 .925 Silver .075 Copper (SS) .375 180 11.664 1.17 29.72
Two Dollars 1865-1888 .917 Gold .083 Copper .107 51.4 3.328 .708 17.983
MM - Measurement in Millimeters.
(B) - Alloy known as "Bronze".
(SS) - Alloy known as "Sterling Silver".

Technical Aspects of Canadian Coinage - Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia

Denomination Date Composition Weight Diameter
Troy oz Grains Grams Inches MM

Half Cent

1861-1864 .950 Copper .040 Tin .010 Zinc (B) .091 43.75 2.835 .813 20.65
One Cent 1861-1864 .950 Copper .040 Tin .010 Zinc (B) .182 87.5 5.67 1.005 25.53
MM - Measurement in Millimeters.
(B) - Alloy known as "Bronze".

Technical Aspects of Canadian Coinage - Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island

Denomination Date Composition Weight Diameter
Troy oz Grains Grams Inches MM
One Cent 1871 .950 Copper .040 Tin .010 Zinc (B) .182 87.5 5.67 1 25.4
MM - Measurement in Millimeters.
(B) - Alloy known as "Bronze".

 

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