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1955 Arnprior Dollar.why?

 
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 Posted 09/28/2022  05:52 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Silver101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I was just absentmindedly looking at dollar coins and came across the 1955 Arnprior dollar, of which there are two varieties. Why is it called Arnprior? I don't see anything on it that's different from the old courier de bois dollar. Also, why Arnprior...it's a nice enough spot but fairly undistinguished.

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 Posted 09/28/2022  06:14 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add darryldarryl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Silver and Nickel Dollars are not my thing however I do believe that one of the companies from Arnprior specially ordered these dollars from the mint and I think some of those dollars had an extra water line. If you type in Arnprior Dollar on the search tab you may find the exact answer you are looking for.
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In 1955, the owner of Playtex, a manufacturing company in Arnprior Ont. decided to pay his employees a Christmas bonus in silver dollars. Needing 2000 and as there were not that many available at the time, he contacted the Minister of Finance who oddly enough authorized the minting of an additional 2000 silver dollars. As this was a special run, the mint used the last set of dies that were available which had been polished thus accounting for the 1 1/2 water lines. These became known as "Arnprior" dollars. As these dies had already produced about 3000 coins, it is estimated that there are about 5000 minted. Since then, any other year that had 1 1/2 waterlines have become known as an Arnprior although a true Arnprior only applies to the 1955 version.
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Hey that's great info JimmyD
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Are there varieties of these where some have a die break while others don't? Was trying to learn more about these but am unable to find any numismatic reference.
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Yes, there is a variety that has a die break between the T and I in the word GRATIA.
These command a higher premium than the regular Arnprior.


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 Posted 09/28/2022  12:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add cointagous to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you Jimmy.
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