The Beaver is a large semi-aquatic rodent that can weigh over 25 kg. It is Canada's national animal. Its main claim to fame is that it thinks to slap its tail on the water to warn its buddies before it flees from danger.
The beaver design first appeared on Canada's 5-cent coin in 1937 and remains to this day. This version is made from Tombac, a copper-zinc alloy (all the nickel was needed for the war effort). It was minted in 1942 only and was made 12-sided to avoid confusion with the 1-cent coin (due to similar colour).
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