Coin Type Specifications
Region: Canada
Denomination: C50C
Diameter: 27.13 (mm)
Coin Metal Composition:
Copper [99.9%] 8.0919 (g)
Total Mass: 8.1 (g)

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1968-1989 - Elizabeth II - Canadian Fifty Cents
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1968-1989 - Elizabeth II - Canadian Fifty Cents Coin Composition
Composition Totals From 9 Coins
Copper : 72.8271 Grams
Total Mass : 72.9 Grams

Metal USD/Pound USD/Troy Ounce USD/Gram Grams/Coin USD/Coin
Copper $2.091 $0.143 $0.005 8.0919 g $0.037
Precious and Base Metal Melt Value For Each Coin: $0.037
Combined Precious and Base Metal Melt Value For 9 Coins: $0.336
- Precious Metal prices updated on 07-17-2024
9 Example Coins Found...


Coin Type Description
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Years Minted: 1968-1989
Mint Marks:
Denomination: C50C
Obverse Design: The portrait in right profile of Elizabeth II, when she was 39 years old, is surrounded with the inscription "ELIZABETH II D • G • REGINA" (Elizabeth II, Queen by the grace of God) Lettering: ELIZABETH II D·G·REGINA
Obverse Designer: Arnold Machin
Reverse Design: The Royal Coat of Arms of Canada, proclaimed by King George V on November 21, 1921 and updated in 1957, are surrounded with the facial value and the inscription "CANADA" Lettering: YEAR CANADA 50 CENTS
Reverse Designer: Thomas Shingles
1968-1989 - 50 Cents - Elizabeth II

The fifty-cent piece is the common name of the Canadian coin worth 50 cents. The coin's reverse depicts the coat of arms of Canada. At the opening ceremonies for the Ottawa branch of the Royal Mint, held on January 2, 1908, Governor General Earl Grey struck the Dominion of Canada’s first domestically produced coin. It was a silver fifty-cent piece bearing the effigy of King Edward VII.

History of composition
Years Weight Diameter Thickness Composition
2000–present 6.9 g 27.13 mm 1.95 mm 93.15% steel, 4.75% copper, 2.1% nickel plating
1980–1999 8.10 g 27.13 mm 1.9 mm 99.9% nickel
1968–1979 8.10 g 27.13 mm 1.93 mm 99.9% nickel
1920–1967 11.66 g 29.72 mm n/a 80% silver, 20% copper
1908–1919 11.62 g 29.72 mm n/a 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper


From sea to sea – the 50-cent coin

The 50-cent half dollar coin bears the Canadian Coat of Arms. It honours the four founding nations of Canada: England, Scotland, Ireland and France. The inscription, "A Mari usque ad Mare," means "from sea to sea"; the second inscription, "Desiderantes meliorem patriam," means "they desire a better country." The current design was produced by former Royal Canadian Mint engraver Thomas Shingles and was first used in 1959. In recent decades, the fifty-cent circulation coin has not been widely used in day-to-day transactions, yet it remains popular with coin collectors. Also known as the Canadian Half Dollar.

Reverse side designs

1858 - 1936
The crossed maple boughs
The design of two crossed maple boughs appear on all 10-cent, 25-cent, and 50-cent coins from 1858 to 1936.

1937 - 1958
The simplified Coat of Arms
A simplified version of Canada's coat of arms was created in 1937 for the 50-cent coin as part of an initiative to modernize Canada's circulation coins.

1959 - 1966, 1968 - present
The modified Coat of Arms
The Canadian Government approved a new Coat of Arms in 1957. In 1959 it appeared on the 50-cent coin, where it remains to this day.

The centennial 50-cent coin
Alex Colville created a special set of coin designs to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Canadian confederation; the 50-cent coin features a howling wolf.

Technical specifications

1908 - 1919
Composition: 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper
Weight (g): 11.62
Diameter (mm): 29.72
Thickness (mm): n/a

1920 - 1967
Composition: 80% silver, 20% copper
Weight (g): 11.66
Diameter (mm): 29.72
Thickness (mm): n/a

1968 - 1979
Composition: 99% nickel (minimum)
Weight (g): 8.1
Diameter (mm): 27.13
Thickness (mm): 1.93

1980 - 1999
Composition: 99% nickel (minimum)
Weight (g): 8.1
Diameter (mm): 27.13
Thickness (mm): 1.9

2000 - present
Composition: 93.15% steel, 4.75% copper, 2.1% nickel plating
Weight (g): 6.9
Diameter (mm): 27.13
Thickness (mm): 1.95


50 cents 197

Mintage: 50 cents 1973 : 2 546 096

Alloy: 100% nickel
Weight: 8.10 grams
Diameter : 27.13 mm, thickness 1.93 mm
Engraver: Obverse: Arnold Machin, Walter Ott, Reverse: Thomas Shingles
Designer: Obverse: Arnold Machin, Walter Ott, Reverse: Thomas Shingles
Edge: Reeded
Magnetism: Magnetic
Die axis: ↑↑


50 Cents - Elizabeth II 2nd portrait

KM# 75
Country Canada
Years 1968-1989
Value 50 Cents (0.5 CAD)
Metal Nickel
Weight 8.1 g
Diameter 27.13 mm
Thickness 1.93 mm
Engravers Arnold Machin (obverse)
Thomas Shingles (reverse)
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized yes
Edge Reeded

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