Clipped From The Winnipeg Tribune
period. Nickel Coinage for Canada Professor W. O. Miller, Provincial (Jeol-ocist, of Ontario, is advocating, very stror.fi-Iv the adoption of nickel eoinape for (Viada. In a letter to the Toronto Glob" he. writes that durinp the last month the uubject of nickel coinape has been receiving much attenton from the press of Toronto and elsewhere. He goes on to say: "France has been using nickel coinage for years. In fact. Great Britain nnd Canada are almost the only important countries that have not employed nickel in eoinage. Coins of pure nickel or of nickel nllovs are in use by over fifty countries. '"'Nickel coinage will consume only a small proporton of the nickel produced. lthough this eoinage has long been in use, it is believed that the total nickel employed for this purpose-does not exceed 15.000 tons. France, for instance, used probably about 250 tons in 1918. In that year the production in Ontario was over 44,000 tons, and the, quantity of New Caledonia nickel, refined partly in Europe and partly in the United States, was several thousand tons. "France and several other countries have pure nickel coins the kind that we have in Canada. The United States "nickel" contains only 25 per cent, of nickel to 75 of copper, t is not such a durable nr attractive coin as the pure nickel ones of France and other countres. -It was long after the United States coin was introduced that a process was discovered to roll, hammer and stamp pure nickel. These pure iiekel coins are the most excellent that nave been made, they are most durable in wear, they never oxidize, and it is simply out of the question to counterfeit them suc-eessfullv. "The Mint authorities will probably say that pure nickel coins are more costly to produce than are those of alloys of the metal This is owing to the fact that pure liickel has a higher melting point than the ulloys and is harder. But surely if France nnd other countries produce coins of this jnetal Canada can do so. "Canada should have a pure nickel coin-nge for the following reasons: Nickel is the most beautiful and the most durable metal for miuor coins, it, .'annot be successfully counterfeited, and it earn be called Canada's national metal, since this country produces over 80 per cent, of the world's output. "For years the officials of the Ontario J Bureau of .Mines have been urging the use of nickel in Canadian eoinage. The present position of silver coinage is' another reason for the employment of nickel coins."