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Pride and skill–the 10-cent coin

Artist Emanuel Hahn developed his design for the 10-cent coin from photos of the famous Bluenose schooner. It is meant to symbolize both the magnitude of the fishing industry in Canada and the maritime skills of Canadians. The Bluenose was not only a racing schooner, but also one of the great fishing vessels that helped build the reputation of the Grand Banks fishery. The design was first issued in 1937.

Reverse side designs  |   Technical specifications  |   Mintages

Reverse side designs

1858 - 1936
The crossed maple boughs
The design of two crossed maple boughs appear on all 10-cent, 25-cent, and 50-cent coins from 1858 to 1936.

1937 - 1966, 1968 - present
The Bluenose
Emanuel Hahn's design depicts the Bluenose under sail.

1967
The centennial 10-cent coin
Alex Colville created a special set of coin designs to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Canadian Confederation; the 10-cent coin features a mackerel.

2001
International Year of the Volunteer
This coin was issued in honour of the United Nations' International Year of the Volunteer and pays tribute to the millions of Canadians who help those in need.

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Technical specifications

1908 - 1910
Composition: 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper
Weight (g): 2.32
Diameter (mm): 18.034
Thickness (mm): n/a

1910 - 1919
Composition: 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper
Weight (g): 2.33
Diameter (mm): 18.034
Thickness (mm): n/a

1920 - 1967
Composition: 80% silver, 20% copper
Weight (g): 2.33
Diameter (mm): 18.034
Thickness (mm): n/a

1968 - 1977
Composition: 99.9% nickel
Weight (g): 2.07
Diameter (mm): 18.034
Thickness (mm): 1.16

1978
Composition: 99.9% nickel
Weight (g): 2.07
Diameter (mm): 18.03
Thickness (mm): 1.19

1979 - 1999
Composition: 99.9% nickel
Weight (g): 2.07
Diameter (mm): 18.03
Thickness (mm): 1.22

2000 - present
Composition: 92% steel, 5.5% copper, 2.5% nickel
Weight (g): 1.75
Diameter (mm): 18.03
Thickness (mm): 1.22

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Mintages

1908 - 1909
1908 - 776,666
1909 - 1,697,200

1910 - 1919
1910 - 4,468,331
1911 - 2,737,584
1912 - 2,234,557
1913 - 3,613,937
1914 - 2,549,811
1915 - 688,057
1916 - 4,218,114
1917 - 5,011,988
1918 - 5,133,602
1919 - 7,877,722

1920 - 1929
1920 - 6,305,345
1921 - 2,469,562
1922 - 0
1923 - 0
1924 - 0
1925 - 0
1926 - 0
1927 - 0
1928 - 2,458,602
1929 - 3,253,888

1930 - 1939
1930 - 1,831,043
1931 - 2,067,421
1932 - 1,154,317
1933 - 672,368
1934 - 409,067
1935 - 384,056
1936 - 2,460,871
1937 - 2,500,095
1938 - 4,197,323
1939 - 5,501,748

1940 - 1949
1940 - 16,526,470
1941 - 8,716,386
1942 - 10,214,011
1943 - 21,143,229
1944 - 9,383,582
1945 - 10,979,570
1946 - 6,300,066
1947 - 14,070,719
1948 - 422,741
1949 - 11,336,172

1950 - 1959
1950 - 17,823,075
1951 - 15,079,265
1952 - 10,474,455
1953 - 17,706,395
1954 - 4,493,150
1955 - 12,237,294
1956 - 16,732,844
1957 - 16,110,229
1958 - 10,621,236
1959 - 19,691,433

1960 - 1969
1960 - 45,446,835
1961 - 26,850,859
1962 - 41,864,335
1963 - 41,916,208
1964 - 49,518,549
1965 - 55,965,392
1966 - 34,330,199
1967 - 62,998,215
1968 - 235,042,930
1969 - 55,833,929

1970 - 1979
1970 - 5,249,296
1971 - 41,106,968
1972 - 60,169,387
1973 - 167,715,435
1974 - 210,566,565
1975 - 207,680,000
1976 - 94,724,000
1977 - 128,056,000
1978 - 170,366,431
1979 - 236,910,479

1980 - 1989
1980 - 169,910,479
1981 - 123,912,900
1982 - 93,960,898
1983 - 111,501710
1984 - 119,080,000
1985 - 142,800,000
1986 - 168,620,000
1987 - 147,309,000
1988 - 162,998,558
1989 - 198,693,414

1990 - 1999
1990 - 65,023,000
1991 - 50,397,000
1992 - 174,476,000
1993 - 135,569,000
1994 - 145,800,000
1995 - 123,875,000
1996 - 51,814,000
1997 - 43,126,000
1998 - 203,514,000
1999 - 258,462,000

2000 - 2009
2000 - 195,117,000
2001 - 272,465,000
2002 - 252,563,000
2003 - 164,617,000
2004 - 213,025,000
2005 - 211,350,000
2006 - 331,647,000
2007 - 304,110,000
2008 - 467,495,000
2009 - 370,700,000

2010 - present
2010 - 252,500,000
2011 - 292,325,000
2012 - 334,675,000

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