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Great finds!! That wheat and the Canadian are in good condition. The quarter is nice to have, but it looks shabby. What did you clean the wheat penny with?

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16 minutes ago, TreasureHunter5 said:

What did you clean the wheat penny with?

Just a little water and baking soda with my fingers.

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Is the Canadian coin silver or steel? I found a few steel quarters that were Canadian and on that was silver and much older. Not sure what year they started to use steeL A magnet is the easiest way to check.

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6 minutes ago, kac said:

Is the Canadian coin silver or steel? I found a few steel quarters that were Canadian and on that was silver and much older. Not sure what year they started to use steeL A magnet is the easiest way to check.

I'll check. I figured since it came out of the ground shiny without any corrosion, it was silver, but I will grab a magnet and see.

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12 minutes ago, kac said:

Is the Canadian coin silver or steel? I found a few steel quarters that were Canadian and on that was silver and much older. Not sure what year they started to use steeL A magnet is the easiest way to check.

Nope, not magnetic in the slightest.

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Nice. My last silver looking Canadian quarter got me all excited until it stuck to a magnet on my bench LOL.

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1 hour ago, kac said:

Is the Canadian coin silver or steel?

 

1 hour ago, Bash said:

I'll check. I figured since it came out of the ground shiny without any corrosion, it was silver, but I will grab a magnet and see.

 

56 minutes ago, Bash said:

Nope, not magnetic in the slightest.

I don't think a magnet answers the question.  Wasn't there a period from mid-60's until ? during which Canadian higher denomination coins were (non-magnetic) nickel alloy?  When in doubt, the dates help.  If I read it correctly, yours is 1955.  Good news!  

My recollection is that Canada jetisoned the use of silver very close to the same time (maybe exactly the same time) as the USA -- 1965 being the first mintage year of base metal coinage for 10 cents and up here.

The Canadian 5 cent pieces have an even more checkered history, I think.  Besides that weird polygon shape (nine sides = nonogon?) I seem to recall some odd alloys thrown in there early on.  Might have been the WWII years.

Where are the Canadian coin metal detecting experts when we need them?  Speak up!

 

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Top 2 coins stick to a magnet, one on right is steel as I checked by the date, other is either steel or pure nickel (nickel alloys won't stick to magnets). Bottom ones are silver. You can tell by the color difference if the coins not too beat up.

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2 hours ago, GB_Amateur said:

When in doubt, the dates help.  If I read it correctly, yours is 1955.  Good news!  

Yep! It's a 55.

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