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Godless Canadian Coins 1911 Except for one year, all Canadian coins have featured the phrase 'DEI GRA' or 'DEI GRATIA' on the obverse side. The Latin words mean 'by the grace of God' and refer to the reign of the monarch whose likeness appears on the coin. The year 1911 was the lone exception. George V had ascended to the throne in 1910, so 1911 was the first year he was featured on British Empire coinage. Because of an oversight or a misunderstanding (nobody is quite certain), the phrase was omitted from Canadian coins in 1911--much to the outrage of the public. (Some people blame the Liberal goverment's defeat in the federal election that year on the 'godless' coins.) The phrase was restored to Canadian coinage in 1912 and has appeared every year since then.
Tags: numismatics  coins  Canada 
Added: 7th October 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Marty6697 on 2009-10-09 
I bet those are worth alot more than other coins of the same denomination years before and after. What do you think Lava?
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-10-10 
The value of coins largely is based on scarcity and the quality of each coin. Generally I don't recall 1911 Canadian coins being significantly more valuable than say 1912 or 1913 coins.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-10-10 
I did a bit of checking, Marty. I found that Canadian 1911 five-cent pieces are worth about the same as later dates. The value of Canadian pennies, dimes, quarters, and half dollars from 1911 is noticeably higher than in later years. None are especially rare, though.
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