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  • 5 Cents 1946-1947, KM# 39a, Canada, George VI
  • 5 Cents 1946-1947, KM# 39a, Canada, George VI
  • 5 Cents 1946-1947, KM# 39a, Canada, George VI, Maple leaf, minted in 1948

In 1948, India was granted independence from the British Empire. Because of this, the words "ET IND IMP" (And Emperor of India) had to be removed from all obverse coin dies. There was a demand for new 1948 coins, but delays in the manufacture of the updated dies forced the Mint into a second production run using the 1947 dies. To differentiate regular 1947 coins from the second production run a small maple leaf was engraved to the right of the date on the reverse dies.


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 a beaver (left) on a rock in a river, over the country name and date, facial value above, flanked on both sides by a maple leaf.

The beaver (genus Castor) is a large, primarily nocturnal, semiaquatic rodent. Beavers are known for building dams, canals, and lodges (homes). Their colonies create one or more dams to provide still, deep water to protect against predators, and to float food and building material.

All 1937 5 cent coins included a dot to the right of the date, so this is not considered a variety. The designer felt the dot was needed to balance the design due to lean of the 7 creating a bigger gap to the right than the left of the date.

Engraver: George Edward Kruger Gray



5 Cents

KM# 39a Schön# 33a
Material Nickel
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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