Thursday, March 08, 2007

George VI


What's more annoying than getting Canadian coins in change? I always think "Well, there's another coin I can't use in the vending machine to buy Cheetos!"

Canadian pennies are OK, though, since U.S. pennies are just as useless, Cheetos-wise.

The other day I glanced at my change, and saw the familiar maple leaves -- wait, this is a Canadian coin. Make that "leafs." It looked a little old, but I didn't bother to look at the date. I flipped it over, and saw not Queen Elizabeth II, but King George VI. I flipped it back over again, and saw it was from 1942.



I took these photos with our brand-new used Nikon D50, my old Nikkor 35-70 2.8D lens in macro mode, and an improvised light tent made of a table lamp and a piece of white paper. Aperture-priority auto exposure at f/11, +1.0 exposure compensation (the backgound, our kitchen table, was much lighter than the coin, and so threw off the exposure a bit). 3 seconds for the obverse; 2.5 seconds for the reverse. ISO 200.

UPDATE: The "KG" on the reverse refers to the designer, George Kruger-Gray. "GEORGIVS VI D:G: REX ET IND:IMP:" on the obverse is for "Georgius VI, Dei Gratia, Rex et Indiae Imperator," or "George VI, by the grace of God, King and Emperor of India."

5 comments:

Kris said...

Today it's worth about 0.008532 US Dollars. I'd give you a dime for it though... a Canadian dime. :)

canadiandudewhoalsofoundaGeorgeVIpennyfrom1942 said...

The exact same thing happened to me several months ago, same year and everything.

Anonymous said...

I have this coin and its worth
F-all man that sucks.

Anonymous said...

I collect Canadian coins....they are right it isn't worth much. I would still buy it from you...I am putting together sets of coins for my children, neices and nephews. greatgazzoo@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

i have one and id sell it i lso go some other coins like a 1918 2 cent centavosrepublica coin