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  • 5 Cents 1943-1944, KM# 40, Canada, George VI, Supporting the War Effort
  • 5 Cents 1943-1944, KM# 40, Canada, George VI, Supporting the War Effort

Intended to stimulate the war effort. The message "We Win When We Work Willingly" is engraved in Morse code on the rim of the coin.


Bare head of George VI facing left, surrounded by the legend, an abbreviated translation of “George VI by the Grace of God, King and Emperor of India”.

George VI (1895–1952) was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 until his death. He was the last Emperor of India and the first Head of the Commonwealth.

As the second son of King George V, he was not expected to inherit the throne and spent his early life in the shadow of his elder brother, Edward. George's elder brother ascended the throne as Edward VIII upon the death of their father in 1936. However, later that year Edward revealed his desire to marry divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson. British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin advised Edward that for political and religious reasons he could not marry a divorced woman and remain king. Edward abdicated in order to marry, and George ascended the throne as the third monarch of the House of Windsor.

Engraver: Thomas Humphrey Paget



Depicts in a centre V, meaning both victory and the facial value with the inscription CENTS underneath flanked by two maple leaves, on which is superimposed a torch, with on both sides a part of the year and above the inscription CANADA. Around the rim is the Morse code message "We Win When We Work Willingly".

Engraver: Thomas Shingles

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Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Tombac
Weight 4.54 g
Diameter 21.234 mm
Thickness 1.7 mm
Shape polygon
Sides 12
Alignment Medal
Royal Canadian Mint (RCM)

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