Reverse Die Clash

Die clashes occur when the obverse and reverse dies literally clash together. This could occur outside of a press as a result of mishandling, or more likely, in the press when there is no blank between the dies to be struck. The result is that one or both of the dies will leave some degree of an impression on the other. All such impressions will be horizontally reversed meaning that, for example, the polar bear will be looking to the left, the Queen would face to the left, and lettering would be backwards.

With the Camel Toe toonies, this usually manifests with an outline of the polar bear and other details appearing around the Queen's portrait on the obverse, impressions of lettering around the ring, and elements of the crown appearing above the polar bear's shoulder. On the Montreal Mint variety, only very light impressions of two letters appear.

BWJM Numbers for obverse die clashes use the letters OC followed by a number to indicate a particular die clash (Eg: "OC1", "OC2", etc.). They are grouped based on the type of counterfeit, so OC1 is used by both Camel Toe and Montreal Mint toonies and represents different clashes.

Reverse die clashes similarly use the letters RC followed by a number (Eg: "RC1", "RC2", etc.).

When referring to any particular die clash, specify the variety (CT or MTL) followed by the die clash code (Eg: "CT-OC3", "MTL-OC1", etc.). Include the year and any other BWJM Number components if describing a particular coin (Eg: "CT06-OC4-2-F1").

Camel Toe OC1

  • Found only on 2006
  • Single, minor impression of "2" at the N of REGINA
  • Outline of polar bear visible around portrait
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Camel Toe OC2

  • Found only on 2002
  • Some lettering visible in ring at 4 o'clock and 10 o'clock positions
  • Outline of polar bear visible around portrait
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Camel Toe OC3

  • Found only on 2005
  • Multiple impressions of lettering from reverse legend visible all around the ring
  • Outline of polar bear visible around portrait
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Camel Toe OC4

  • Found only on 2006
  • No portion of reverse legend visible around the ring
  • Found with Obverse Die Crack CT06-2
  • Faint outline of polar bear visible around portrait
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Camel Toe OC5

  • Found only on 2004
  • No portion of reverse legend visible around the ring
  • Faint outline of polar bear visible around portrait
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Camel Toe OC6

  • Found only on 2005
  • Single, clear impression of reverse legend visible around the ring, rotated 340°
  • Very faint outline of polar bear visible around portrait
  • Weak strike on portions of portrait
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Camel Toe OC7

  • Found only on 2005
  • No portion of reverse legend visible around the ring
  • Found with Obverse Die Crack CT05-4
  • Faint outline of polar bear visible around portrait
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Camel Toe OC8

  • Found only on 1996
  • No portion of reverse legend visible around the ring
  • Faint outline of polar bear visible around portrait
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Camel Toe RC1

  • Found on 2005 and 2005A
  • Legend from obverse visible in ring, doubled
  • Square portion of crown visible above polar bear's back
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Camel Toe RC2

  • Found on 2002 and 2006
  • No obverse legend visible in ring
  • Square and front portions of crown visible above polar bear's back
  • Do not confuse with the similar "CT-RC5"
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Camel Toe RC3

  • Found on 2004, 2005 and 2006
  • Light impression of maple leaf at second A in CANADA
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Camel Toe RC4

  • Found on 2005
  • Light impression of maple leaf to the left of S in DOLLARS
  • Outline of base of Queen's bust behind bear
  • Impression is rotated approximately 100°
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Camel Toe RC5

  • Found on 1996
  • Square and front portions of crown visible above polar bear's back
  • Do not confuse with the similar "CT-RC2"
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Montreal Mint OC1

  • Found only on 2005
  • D and O from reverse legend visible around the ring between 5 of 2005 and A of REGINA
  • No outline of polar bear visible around portrait
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