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The value of a provincial coin depends on several factors such as quality and wear, supply and demand, rarity, finish and more. Values in the section are based on the market, trends, auctions and recognized books, publications and catalogs. This section also includes information on history, errors, varieties, characteristics and more.


Newfoundland, a separate British colony, was allowed to issue its own coinage (1, 5, 10, 20, 25 and 50 cents) beginning in 1865. However, in introducing the new currency in 1865, Newfoundland, unlike other colonies, chose to include a 2 dollars gold coin among the denominations it was issuing.

New Brunswick

In 1860 New Brunswick passed an act requiring all accounts rendered to the government to be in dollars and cents. The 5, 10 and 20-cent silver pieces struck at the Royal Mint in 1862 and 1864 had the same obverse design as those of the Province of Canada, except that the legend DEI GRATIA REGINA was abbreviated to D:G:REG: to accommodate the longer NEW BRUNSWICK below the bust of the monarch. The New Brunswick half cent. It was never ordered, nor indeed even required, by the colony!

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia decided to adopt a decimal system of currency in 1861. The half cent have the same diameter as the British farthing and the cent as the half penny.

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island was the last of the British North American colonies to adopt a decimal system of currency in 1871. The only decimal coin struck for P.E.I. prior to its entry in Confederation in 1873 was a one-cent piece in 1871. This attractive coin was designed and engraved by Leonard C. Wyon, who for some forty years was the principal engraver for the Royal Mint in London.

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