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Step back in time with this modern re-creation of a famous transitional issue.

This selectively gold-plated 2 oz. 99.99% pure silver coin is a timely look back at one of our most famous transitional issues: the 1947 Maple Leaf five-cent coin. Faithfully re-sculpted using archived images from the Bank of Canada Museum, the historic reverse features the maple leaf mark that was added 75 years ago, in early 1948, to 1947-dated coins struck after India gained its independence from British rule. That small maple leaf alludes to imminent change: the removal of “IND: IMP:” (“Emperor of India”) from the outmoded obverse legend, which has also been reproduced on this limited collectible that brings the past to life.

Re-creating a classic: The 1947 Maple Leaf five-cent coin.

The 1947 Maple Leaf Mark

After India gained its independence from British rule in 1947, Canadian coinage required new obverses without the outmoded “IND: IMP:” (“Emperor of India”) in the legend. But in early 1948, Canada’s Mint was still awaiting new matrices and punches from the Royal Mint, which still produced all die-sinking tools for its former Ottawa branch. The demand for new coins of every denomination proved too great, so a small maple leaf was placed next to the year “1947” on the old dies, where this maple leaf mark helped to differentiate these antedated 1948 issues from regular strikes. New master tooling arrived later that year, but by then, more than nine million 1947 Maple Leaf five-cent coins had already been struck; as a result, just 1,810,789 five-cent coins were produced with the updated obverse and a true date of 1948.

Special features

  • A faithful tribute. Step back in time with this re-creation of a famous transitional issue! The original 1947 Maple Leaf five-cent coin was struck in 1948 while awaiting a new obverse, one without “IND: IMP:” in the legend, after India gained its independence from British rule.
  • Silver and selective gold plating. Crafted in 2 oz. of 99.99% pure silver, this near-faithful reproduction of a historic coin is enhanced with selective gold plating on its obverse and reverse.
  • A re-creation of a classic. Both the obverse and reverse designs have been re-created using modern techniques and archival photographs.
  • Two dates. The year “1947” is key to the story and it appears on your coin’s reverse, just like the original coin. The issuing year “2023” has been moved to the obverse and made less prominent in order to keep the focus on the historically significant elements.
  • Includes serialized certificate. The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins.
  • No GST/HST.

Packaging

Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a black Royal Canadian Mint-branded clamshell with a black beauty box.

History on both sides

Just like the original coin, your coin’s reverse is marked by a small maple leaf placed next to the year “1947”. Your coin’s obverse also features the same effigy and outmoded legend as the original 1947 Maple Leaf coin.

The look of a 12-sided coin

Your coin has a round shape but a shaped rim to mimic the look of the original 12-sided coin.

Take a closer look

The re-sculpt of the maple leaf includes the original vein detail on a microscopic level.

DID YOU KNOW?

All denominations of Canadian circulation coins were struck with the outmoded obverse in early 1948, not just the five-cent coin. Made by Thomas Shingles, the Mint’s chief engraver from 1943 to 1965, the original punch that produced the Maple Leaf mark is now part of the National Currency Collection (NCC) of the Bank of Canada Museum.

The five-cent coin’s 12-sided shape was introduced in 1942 to help distinguish pieces made of tombac—a copper-zinc alloy used as a substitute for nickel, which was critical to the war effort—from one-cent coins. The unique shape was so popular, it was retained until 1963, when the traditional round shape was re-introduced.

Your coin is a faithful re-creation of the 1947 Maple Leaf five-cent circulation coin, but on a larger scale and with selective gold plating. Framed by a raised rim that mimics the original coin’s 12-sided shape, George Edward Kruger Gray’s iconic beaver design appears on the reverse, where a small maple leaf placed next to the year “1947” indicates the coin was originally struck in 1948 using outdated dies. The obverse features an updated year of issue (“2023”) and Thomas Humphrey Paget’s effigy of King George VI with the outmoded legend “GEORGIVS VI D:G:REX ET IND:IMP:” (“George VI, by the grace of God, King and Emperor of India”).

"The 1947 Maple Leaf is a small detail on the coin yet it tells a larger story, and I really enjoyed working on this project. Other denominations also featured the Maple Leaf mark but I thought the five-cent piece would be fun to highlight, since the beaver design has such a rich, dynamic history. Engraving did an excellent job capturing even the smallest details that have historic significance." -MATT EGGINK, PRODUCT MANAGER

ABOUT THE ROYAL CANADIAN MINT

The Royal Canadian Mint is known as one of the most reputable mints in the world. The Ottawa Branch of the Royal Mint opened in 1908 and was renamed The Royal Canadian Mint in 1931 when control was transferred to the Canadian government. The Royal Canadian Mint is renowned for producing some of the highest quality and purity of gold and silver bullion coins and bars in the world. Their high standards for excellence and quality allowed them to be the first refinery to manufacture 9999 fine gold bullion coins in 1982, as well as the first to reach 99999 fine gold purity in 1999.

9318
2023
Proof
New
9999
Canada
Royal Canadian Mint
CAD 0.05
5500
G.E Kruger Gray
2 oz
50

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