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From what I can see, this is an accurate sequence of events for the minting of the 1936 coinage. For those unfamiliar with the dot coinage of 1936, this is a good synopsis of events.
Now in 2012, we find various theories that vary from actual recordings, and/or add a dimension of conspiracy to the mix. Ultimately, unless the mint has saved its records and were to open them for inspection, it is highly unlikely we will ever know the true sequence of events for the lost circulation 1 & 10c dot pieces. We do know what happened to the 25c dot pieces.
We also have a documented history of the specimen dots, though there is some murkiness there too. Stories abound that these coins were produced years later, at the urging of prominent numismatists of the era, with the help of mint officials.
To think this could not have happened, one only needs to look at the history of the US 1804 dollar. In this case, these rarities were produced in three different times, years after 1804. All coins being rare and basically million dollar coins.
The RCM is certainly not without its share of mystery. Most of these, such as the gold Manitoba dollars, gold 25c pieces and the like are known to exist. 1967 double and triple struck dollars and 50c pieces. Major errors have and continue to find their way out the door.
So, are the mysterious non-traditional 1936 "dot" coins the real thing? To me, logic says no. I believe they are in the realm of the 1956 dot 10c pieces. In other words, they are likely die chips. Interesting, certainly. Worthy of thousands of dollars? Not to this collector.
All this being said, the 1936 dot coinage has caused most all collectors to dream as well as look. Dots have become an inevitable part of Canadian numismatics. Be it 1956, 1947, or you pick the date, dots can be found where they were not originally intended. As a collector, LOOKING at coins can lead to discoveries, even years after the fact. Some modern discoveries are genuinely new, others are recycled finds of years gone by. But it is part of what makes us all collectors.
Most certainly, it is not "drivel." Is it a conspiracy theory? Perhaps.
So how many folks out there know why there is a large dot after the date of the 1937 5c piece?
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