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Two Different 1968 Proof-Like Sets "Regular" Island and "Small Island" Dollar Varieties

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512-304
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This set includes two different 1968 proof-like sets, one with a regular island dollar and one with a small island dollar. Each set includes all denominations from the 1 cent through to the dollar.

1968 marked the first year to issue the dollar, half dollar, quarter and dime struck in nickel. The diameter of the dollar was reduced in order to make the coining easier in the harder metal. By 1968, the price of silver had risen to a point where minting circulation dollar coins had become cost-prohibitive. In August of that year, Canada abandoned the silver dollar when it minted its first pure-nickel dollar coin; marking the end of an era, and ushering in use of the more cost-effective and harder metal in nickel.

The nickel-dollars were smaller and lighter than their silver predecessors, although the "Voyageur" design by Emanuel Hahn was again used on the reverse, after the Canada goose design by Alex Colville was briefly used for the Centennial dollar coin in 1967.

One of the most popular things collectors have sought out from this first issue in nickel is a die variety showing a different size island. The "Regular" or large island variety clearly shows the tip of the island near the front of the canoe, while a much scarcer "Small Island" variety also exists where the island tip has faded and appears to have shrunk substantially. This collection includes a complete 1968 proof-like set with a regular large island coin, together with a second complete 1968 proof-like set with a small island variety dollar coin.

Includes:
• Two Different 1968 Proof-Like Sets "Regular" Island and "Small Island" Dollar Varieties

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