Canadian Twenty-Five Cent Varieties

This page shows the major die varieties since Canadian coins were introduced in 1858. It does NOT cover "die blunders", where dies were re-punched with different years (and the previous number is visible below the current number), or where cracks appeared in the dies causing unwanted lines to appear in the coin. It also does not cover date doubling or special coins created for the collector market. All of the coin designs displayed here were manufactured for general circulation as legal tender.

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1872H Varieties

1875H Varieties

1880H Varieties

1885 Varieties

1886 Varieties

1888 Varieties

1889 Varieties

1901 Varieties

1906 Varieties

1936 Varieties
Note: The same dot variant was created for the 1 cent and 10 cent coins, but they were not released to the public, and the vast majority were melted down. No known circulated examples of 1 or 10 cent coins exist.

1947 Dot
After India was granted independence in 1947, new dies had to be designed and manufactured without the words "ET IND:IMP" (And Emperor of India) on the obverse.

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 dot was added to the end of the date.

1947 Maple Leaf
Shortly after production began it was decided that the dot was too small to easily see, so the design was changed to a larger maple leaf.

1951-1952 Varieties
For the 1951 standard Caribou design, in the attempt to increase die life a few minor changes were made to the dies. The relief needed to produce the King's image was reduced (made shallower).

1953 Varieties
The standard (desired) version of this obverse is the "Shoulder Fold (Small Date)" variety.

Because of die polishing a variant exists in 1953 and 1954 coins where the shoulder strap cannot be easily seen. This variant is referred to as "No Shoulder Fold (Large Date)".

The main difference between the two varieties on the reverse side is the size of the numbers in the date (small or large). There are also a number of minor differences, which are described in the image below:

The main differences on the obverse side are the presence or absence of the strap (shoulder fold) on the Queen's right shoulder, and whether the letters on the obverse have square or flared ends:

1973 Varieties
Early in the 1973 minting process a 1972 obverse die (with the larger bust and rim beads closer to the rim) was accidentally used to produce these coins. It is thought that approximately 10,000 of these "Large Bust" coins were struck.

1978 Varieties
Two varieties exist for the 1978 25 cent coin:
- The first has 148 small and short denticles around the rim of the obverse, and the word "CANADA" is placed far from the rim
- The second has 120 large and wide denticles, and the word "CANADA" is placed close to the rim.

1980 Varieties
Near Beads and Far Beads
There are two slightly different obverse varieties of "Near" and "Far" beads. The distinction describes the gap between the beads and the rim of the coin.

The far beads coins were struck earlier in the year (and in previous years), and the near beads coins were struck later in the year (and years following 1980).

Both varieties contain 120 beads, and the beads are the same size. The spacing between the beads is marginally different between the two types, but the distance from the rim is much more obvious when compared side by side:

2009 "Golden Moments" Men's Hockey Varieties
Two varieties exist for the 2009 "Golden Moments" Men's Hockey coin, both involve the way the last 2 in "2002" was engraved:
- In the first variety the 2 is positioned on top of the player's leg (Raised 2),
- In the second variety the 2 is engraved (encused) INTO the player's leg (Encused 2).

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