The P on obverse of 25 cent coins.

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knsgee
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The P on obverse of 25 cent coins.

Post by knsgee » Thu Jan 07, 2021 1:29 pm

Anybody have the following info regarding the P on 25 cent coin? What year did it first appear and the years and motifs on the coins on which it subsequently appeared.

Bill in Burl
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Re: The P on obverse of 25 cent coins.

Post by Bill in Burl » Thu Jan 07, 2021 1:38 pm

The "P" stands for "plated", meaning that the coin is plated, rather than homogeneous metal. It began in 1999.
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Re: The P on obverse of 25 cent coins.

Post by Bond632 » Fri Jan 08, 2021 12:53 am

As Bill stated, the mint started putting the P on plated coins in 1999 and continued through to 2006 to differentiate them from the non plated coins.

Starting in 2007, all coins were plated, making the P unnecessary. The loonie has been plated since its inception in 1987 and the toonie started plating in 2012, as far as I know, neither has carried the P mint mark.

The P can also be found on other denominations as well, such as the 1, 5, 10 and 50 cent coins.

As for the motifs, there are a multitude, besides the caribou.

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