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Nickel (money): CM.3266-2003

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Ruler: George VI (1936-52) (Struck in the name of)
State: Canada (Struck in the name of)
Mint: Sudbury (ON)




The Sudbury Big Nickel is a nine-metre high replica of the 1951 Canadian nickel erected at Sudbury, Canada, in 1964 to mark the town's importance in the production of cupro-nickel for coins and other purposes. This medal both commemorates the issue of the 1951 nickel and also advertises the Big Nickel itself, which is now on show at the Dynamic Earth Center in Sudbury.


History note: From the estate of Dr David J. de Sola Rogers (1946-99).

Measurements and weight

Image(height): 37.4 mm
Image(width): 37.5 mm

Place(s) associated

  • Sudbury (ON

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2003-11-25) by Withers, Paul


1964 CE - 1990 CE

Components of the work

Object composed of aluminium

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Head of George VI left with legend around in 12-sided border of points

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Edge elevation of Sudbury Big Nickel with three buildings either side, dividing legend in two lines; further legends above and below, and stylised maple spray in exergue with legend below, all in twelve-sides border of points

  • Text: CANADA // NICKEL / 1751 1951 // 5 / CENTS // THE BIG NICKEL / SUDBURY CANADA
  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.3266-2003
Primary reference Number: 159293
Rogers: 3100a
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 23 January 2013 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Coins and Medals

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