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Current popularity of Arnprior dollars

Howdy, folks.
After years being away from collecting Canadian dollars, I’m back. 15 years ago I opined that Arnprior dollars were the most overrated coins I could think of. Now that I see the holes in my Dansco, I wonder how much it would set me back to get decent examples of the true Arnprior and those that got the post hoc designation.
Am I in for a frustrating journey?


  • GreenstangGreenstang Posts: 707 ✭✭✭✭
    edited June 14, 2023 2:39PM

    The only true Arnprior was issued in 1955 with a mintage of 2000.
    Since then there are other years (1950,51, 52 I believe) that had similar
    defective lines that have become known as Arnpriors.
    Expect to pay about double for a true Arnprior and at least 50% more for the others.

  • 1960NYGiants1960NYGiants Posts: 3,438 ✭✭✭✭

    Welcome back shiro! Greenstang's summary is fairly accurate. The Arnprior variety became noticed in 1955 but the over
    polished condition occurred in earlier years. 2 1/2 water lines with no traces of the 4th are considered Arnprior. The others are SWL or short water lines. Also, the 1955 with the die break at T + I of GRATIA is the "original" Arnprior.

    Here's a decent starting point for values: https://www.coinsandcanada.com/coins-prices.php


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  • Thanks for the link. Am I glad I bought my 1948 years ago!
    I’m also glad Dansco released the album before all the 1947 varieties were listed. I would hate to have to fill 2 extra pages of just that date. I think 1965 has the most openings. I’ll have to dig around and see if I have all of them.

  • GreenstangGreenstang Posts: 707 ✭✭✭✭

    Yes, there are five varieties of the 1965 silver dollars.
    I have all five but found the T-5 to be the hardest to find.
    This was the last variety to be discovered and is not even
    listed in some of the earlier catalogues.

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