City of Sudbury, Ontario

1951 Canadian Nickel

Nickel - Hans BoldtNickel - Hans Boldt
Designer: Unknown

When Built: 1964

Dimensions:
Height: 30 Feet (9.1 Metres)
Thickness: 2 Feet (.6 Metres)

Construction Materials:
Stainless steel sheathing

Location:

Reason for Building:

Tourist attraction and Sudbury landmark

Additional Information:

The Big Nickel site was originally developed and operated by local businessman Ted Szilva, whose idea it was to develop a "numismatic park" featuring large coin replicas and carnival theme attractions for children.

Science North purchased the site in January 1981 for development as a mining exhibit showcase. Underground drifts were extended and surface attractions, with the exception of the Big Nickel coin, were removed.

The nickel has twelve sides and overlooks slag heaps.

The second photo is the back of the coin.

Information Source: Science North and Canada's Gigantic! by Henri Robideau

Picture Source: Hans Boldt and Steve Robinson

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Created By DMY on February 26, 1999
Last Updated: August 5, 2002