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Posted on November 12, 2018

One of our good customers, Robert, has written an interesting article about the 1974 nickel dollar varieties. A large selection of these dollars will be available on our 3rd auction on November 17th, 2018.

__Introduction__:

I don’t know of any other Canadian dollar that has more or such interesting varieties. It is either a blessing or a curse but I have become addicted to the 1974 Winnipeg varieties. Fortunately, other than the first few listed varieties, most are relatively inexpensive to obtain. If you are patient some of your discoveries will become listed varieties.

__Observations__:

There are few things that I have found that I haven’t seen mentioned anywhere.

- Like many other years, the 1974 dollar has some with a double strike, rotation and die cracks.
- Finally after many years, we are seeing varieties listed in the second 0
- (new landscape). I have a number of varieties on this side.
- There are both round and square rims. I haven’t found any varieties on the square rims. Maybe that is why they are never mentioned.
- VCR#2 is slightly rotated. It also has 2 types. The normal one and one with connected denticles.
- VCR#4 also has some examples with connected denticles.
- VCR#12 has some examples with a minor rotation.
- VCR#16 has some examples with connected denticles.
- VCR#18 has some examples with die cracks in ‘CANADA’ and connected denticles.
- My VCR#32 is an interesting variety that probably should be a recognized type. It also has some examples with connected denticles and die cracks.
- The recognized varieties as shown in the 2013 Charlton catalogue stop at
- vcr #19. Mine go up to vcr #48.
- Charlton has 2
varieties on the modern skyline. I have 5 more.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Varieties

(1874 skyline)

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #1

This double yoke variety is a proof-like strike found in both sets and cased singles. There is a second yoke directly above the first yoke. Also, there is a 45° piece inserted in the middle portion of the building roof. It is one of the harder varieties to find.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #2

This double yoke variety is found on circulated coins. There is a second yoke above and behind the first yoke. Also, there is a dot inserted in the lower portion of the building above the ox’s ear. It is one of the more frequently found double yoke varieties. A good percentage of this variety has a minor rotation and connected denticles.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #3

This variety is one of the rarer varieties. It has been found in cased singles and PL sets. There is a second yoke between the normal yoke and the ox’s ear.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #4

- This double yoke variety has a short stubby
extra yoke directly above the normal yoke.
There are 3 extra lines on the building as shown. This variety is found on circulated coins. VCR#4 also has 2 types. The normal one and one with connected
denticles.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #5

This double yoke variety has an extra yoke directly above the ox’s ear. It is found on circulated coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #6

This is the first variety that doesn’t have an extra yoke. It has extra pieces on the building roof above the ox’s ear. This variety is found on circulated coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #7

This variety has extra pieces on the building as shown. It is found on circulated coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #8

This variety has extra pieces on the lower part of the building above the ox’s ear as shown. It is found on proof-like coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #9

This variety appears to have an L shaped extra image on the west side of the building wall. It is found on proof-like coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #10

This variety has a triangular addition to the middle of the building wall. It is found on proof-like coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #11

This variety has raised images on the lower walls of the building as shown. It is found on proof-like coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #12

This variety has a raised circular image on the east side of the middle of the building. It is found on circulated coins. Some examples have a minor rotation.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #13

This variety has two parallel horizontal lines on the west side of the building wall. It is found on proof-like coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #14

There is an extra portion on the lower tier of the building roof shaped like an inverted L. It is found on circulated coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #15

This variety has an oval image where the lower roof meets the wall. It is found on circulated coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #16

This variety has a stubby extra yoke on the back of the ox behind the normal yoke. It is well hidden in the design which is probably why it took so long to find. It is found on circulated coins. It also has connected denticles.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #17

This variety has a 45° line between the two vertical pieces of the yoke. It is found on circulated coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #18

This variety has a “receding roof” where the upper roof meets the side wall. It is found on circulated coins.

A variation of this variety has die cracks in “CANADA” and some connected denticles on the obverse.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #19

This variety is called “loose barnboard”. It has a triangular image just over the ox’s ear.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #20

This variety has a couple of faint lines and a half-moon on the building walls as shown. It is found on proof-like and circulated coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #21

This variety has two 45° lines on the building wall just above the yoke. It is found on proof-like coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #22

This
variety has disturbed shingles on the upper ~~left
window missing and~~part of the lower
roof above the ox’s head. It is found on proof~~-like coins. Usually the window is not well defined but in
some cases it is completely missing~~ silver dollars.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #23

This variety has a small filling on the top left side of the roof. It is found on circulated coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #24

This variety has a small triangular shaded area on the building just right of the yoke and a small dot to the left of the lower roof. It is found on silver proof coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #25

This variety has two small shaded areas on the building just left of the yoke. They are less pronounced than variety #24 but consistent on multiple proof-like coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #26

This variety appears on the lower roof area. It looks like shingles. It is found on silver proof and specimen coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #27

This variety has the features of variety #26 plus a triangular piece just to the right of the yoke and a vertical line down the right side of the second building. It is found on silver proof coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #28

This variety has a line and two dots where the lower roof meets the first 0 of 100. It is found on proof-like coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #29

This variety has a couple of faint lines and a half-moon on the building walls as shown. It is found on proof-like coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #30

This variety has a raised area on the bottom front wall. It is not as pronounced as variety #5 but still noticeable. It is found on circulated coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #31

This variety has a dot just in front of the ox’s nose as well as 2 faint vertical lines on the wall of the building to the right of the doorway. It is found on circulated coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #32

This variety has an extra vertical piece of yoke as shown. It is found on circulated coins. Some examples have connected denticles and some have die cracks across the word CANADA or ELIZABETH or both CANADA & ELIZABETH.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #33

This variety has three small lines above the ox’s back to the right of the doorway. It is found on proof-like coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #34

This variety has raised images in many areas of the coin. It is found on proof-like coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #35

This variety has a small rectangular raised area on the wall where it meets the lower roof. It is found on proof-like coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #36a,b,c

This variety has one, two or three small slanted lines on the wall behind the driver’s head. It is found on proof-like coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #37

This variety has a small curved line on the roof of the building behind the driver. It is found on proof-like coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #38

This variety has a long curved line on the large wall. It is found on silver proof coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #39

This variety has lines on the building above the ox as shown. It is found on silver proof coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #40

This variety has a vertical protrusion on the large wall where it meets the lower roof. It is found on circulated coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #41

On the normal coin there is a small vertical line and a dot on the cart behind the wheel. In this variety they are missing. This variety is found on silver proof coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #42

This variety has a 45° line between the two vertical pieces of the yoke. It is found on proof coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #43

This variety has a line at a 45° angle on the lower roof area. It is found on circulated coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #44

This variety has lines as shown in the picture. It is found on circulated coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #45

This variety has lines as shown in the picture. It is found on proof like coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #46

This variety has a detached chimney as shown in the picture. It is found on circulated coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #47

This variety has some doubling in the letter I of REGINA. It is found on circulated coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #48

This variety has a round dot on the right side of the upper wall above the ox head. It is found on circulated coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Varieties

(1974 skyline)

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety # Rev.525

This variety is called “Antenna”. It is found on proof-like varieties.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety # Rev.026

This variety is called “Lightning Strike”. It is found on circulated coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #R1

This variety has a protrusion on the right side of the roof of the high-rise building. It is found on proof-like coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #R2

This variety has an extra vertical line on the lower right side building. It is found on silver proof coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety #R3

This variety has an extra vertical line on the building in the middle of the design. It may be of differing lengths. It is found on circulated coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety # R4

This variety has an inverted V on the building in the middle of the design. It is found on circulated coins.

1974 Nickel Dollar

Variety # R5

This variety has doubling on vertical building lines. It is found on proof-like coins.