Modern Canadian coins are made largely from multi-ply plated steel, with trace amounts of copper and nickel added. Coins dated before 1901 contain large amounts of precious metals like silver or gold, along with trace elements of zinc and tin.
Between 1987 and 2001, Canadian mints produced a dollar coin called the "Loonie." It was made from nickel, with a bronze plating to give the coin its color. In more recent years, the same coin is made of steel and coated with brass. By the same token, Canada's two-dollar coin called the "Twoonie" formerly bore a unique outer ring of nickel surrounding a copper inner core. In 2014, "Twoonie" is a steel and aluminum-bronze replica.Learn More
The collector’s value of a gold sovereign varies depending on the year and condition of the coin and on the grams of gold it contains. At the very least, a sovereign is worth whatever the current price of gold is. A mint-condition gold sovereign contains a gold content of 0.2354 ounces or 7.322 grams, but calculating the gold price does not take into account the historic value.Full Answer >
As of Sept. 8, 2014, a Kruggerand is worth $1,306. However, the value of a Kruggerand changes daily and is dependent on its gold content in addition to a premium. The 1-ounce gold coin was introduced into circulation in 1967.Full Answer >
Mexican 100 pesos (100 MXP) coins with the portrait of Venustiano Carranza are made with an aluminum-bronze alloy. They weigh 11.8 grams and measure 26.63 millimeters in diameter. Each coin is typically worth less than $1.Full Answer >
There are two ways to achieve the sum of $1 using exactly 50 coins. The first approach takes 45 pennies, one quarter, two dimes and two nickels. The other way to do it is with 40 pennies, eight nickels and two dimes.Full Answer >