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A die break between the ribbons of the reverse is found on some 1936 quarters creating the "bar" variety. It is seen regular and dot quarters, and varies in length and width, showing it occurs on more than one die. Only examples with a strong clear die break are considered to be "bar" variety.

Edward VIII accessioned as King in 1936 and preparations to strike 1937 coins with his image were made but he abdicated so new designs for 1937 with the portrait of George VI were required. Masters for those dies were prepared in England but were not ready at the beginning of 1937 but coins were needed. 1, 10 and 25 cent coins were struck from 1936 George V dies, with a small dot below the date indicating used in 1937, but only the 1936 dot quarters

were actually issued and available to the average collector. All 1936 dot 1 and 10 cent coins were destroyed with none issued, although a few 1 and 10 coins now exist in specimen strikes clouded in controversy as none were known prior to the mid 1940's when they suddenly appeared in the hands of a single collector. It is certain they were made at the Royal Canadian Mint and are not simply fakes, but when they were made is uncertain.

Most 1936 "dot" quarters are very weak on the "CA" in CANADA due to excessive wear to that point on the dies, and while examples with a strong "CA" exist, they command prices higher than the weak ones. The prices in the trend sheet are for typical weak ones.

A sub-variety of the 1936 dot exits with both the dot and the bar.

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