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08 Aug 2022

Collecting Canadian Coins

| CheerioCoins

Hello fellow numismatists,


Today I will be talking about Canadian coins! I collect Canadian cents, quarters, and nickels and really like to collect them. For three reasons: I love Canada, they have really nice designs, and they are affordable for me. I would like to tell you about Canadian coins and some collecting tips for how you can start a Canadian coin collection too.


Most modern Canadian coins from the 1980’s to date are mostly not silver and relatively inexpensive. There are a few anniversaries that celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation and things like that, that make the coin silver but those are also pretty cheap too. Canadian quarters and dimes from 1964 and behind are all silver. Canadian nickels stopped being silver in 1922 and dollars stopped in 1967. For the anniversaries some canadian coins are silver too. Here are a few tips for collecting them:


Tip #1: Whenever you go to coin shows there are usually booths with world coins for 50 cents a piece, or even free for YN’s. This is the only way my Canadian collection is so big. These little boxes can have big treasures. You can find silver Canadian coins or even just dates you didn’t already have. You can get a record book or just write down the dates that you already have and bring that list to your local coin show. Definitely write down the silver dates too because dealers may not notice them.


Tip #2: Buy the book before the coin. It may feel boring hearing this phrase over and over but it is very important. One book I would recommend if you are starting to get into Canadian coins is A Guide Book of Canadian Coins By James Haxby. It is kind of like a Red Book for Canadian coins. And also buy the folders too. They come in handy if you want to collect them by date!


Tip #3: If you ever go on a trip to Canada (which I have), definitely try to pay cash there to get coins back. Although you probably don’t visit Canada that often, it would be great to pick up some coins there. And I also know that many places don’t take cash too. Sadly I wasn’t a coin collector at the time I visited Canada. I will probably go back one day though!


I hope you learned something from this blog and take some interest in Canadian coins. To me they are a delight to collect and have quite a few of them.


Thanks for reading my blog and have a great day!


CheerioCoins

Comments

Long Beard

Level 5

I've always gravitated towards the Maple Leaf, my favorite in the hoard being the 2001 1/4 oz. gold purchased years ago below $200. Having read your blog, perhaps I'll do one on these in the near future. You are also on the right track by adding a book to aid in your collecting of these.

AC coin$

Level 6

Wonderful you got your new reference book, I got mine too. Thanks for your blog.

Kepi

Level 6

I love some of the Canadian commems! Looks like a must have book for those who collect Canadian coinage. Thanks for a nice blog! ; )

I. R. Bama

Level 5

I've always been interested in Canadian coins since I was a young boy, mainly because my mom's family lived in Buffalo so access to Canadian coins was plentiful. Besides, what kid wouldn't love a 12 sided coin with a beaver on it? Thanks for the tip on the book, it sounds like a must have. One of my patients just took off for the trans Canadian railway trip. As I do with all my patients who travel out of the country, I gave her 20 in American and asked her to bring me coins!

Longstrider

Level 6

Canada has a wonderful gift shop outlook on their coins. That being said I have several. All are very well made. I spend more time in Mexico. Thanks.

CheerioCoins

Level 5

Yeah.

Mike

Level 7

I think that book would be excellent for those who collect Canadian coins. A few years back I went to buy a set it was way to high. They make beautiful coins. I just picked up there Last Penny. A simple coin but beautiful. I'm not a collector of there coins sometimes I wish I was. I would buy this book first. Thanks for the blog it was enjoyable!

CheerioCoins

Level 5

No problem!

user_39492

Level 3

I have some silver dimes and tons of the pennies dated from 1955 on down to the big one cent coins. Never thought to look into those because I've been too focused on a couple error coins I'm looking into. Nice blog,just might get me into something different.

CheerioCoins

Level 5

Thanks!

Kevin Leab

Level 4

I enjoy collecting Canadian coins. I finished my set of Canadian Large Cents and have started on the small cents. I've also started a set of the silver dollars (1935-1979). I plan on collecting the nickels and dimes also.

CheerioCoins

Level 5

Cool.

Rebelfire76

Level 4

I get Canadian coins back as change on occasion, or find it in rolls sometimes. I’ve kinda just been stashing it away since I don’t collect it personally. Not many coins, just a few here and there. I found a Canadian quarter in the coin Star the other day.

CheerioCoins

Level 5

Cool!

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