Coin Type Specifications
Region: Canada
Denomination: C50C
Diameter: 29.72 (mm)
Coin Metal Composition:
Silver [80%] 9.33104 (g)
Copper [20%] 2.33276 (g)
Total Mass: 11.6638 (g)

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1959-1964 - Elizabeth II - Canadian 50 Cents
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This section of Obscure Finds Numismatic Collection is made up of coins from the Canada region and specializes in 1959-1964 - Elizabeth II - Canadian 50 Cents coins from coin category Fifty Cent . If you are looking for coin facts, numismatic data or simple melt value composition of the Canada - 1959-1964 - Elizabeth II - Canadian 50 Cents coin, you can find it here at Obscure Finds.

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Coin Type Coins
1959-1964 - Elizabeth II - Canadian 50 Cents Coin Composition
Composition Totals From 9 Coins
Silver : 83.97936 Grams
Copper : 20.99484 Grams
Total Mass : 104.9742 Grams

Metal USD/Pound USD/Troy Ounce USD/Gram Grams/Coin USD/Coin
Silver $429.235 $29.440 $0.947 9.33104 g $8.833
Copper $2.091 $0.143 $0.005 2.33276 g $0.011
Precious and Base Metal Melt Value For Each Coin: $8.844
Combined Precious and Base Metal Melt Value For 9 Coins: $79.594
- Precious Metal prices updated on 07-23-2024
9 Example Coins Found...


Coin Type Description
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Years Minted: 1959-1964
Mint Marks:
Denomination: C50C
Obverse Design: The portrait in right profile of Elizabeth II is surrounded with the inscription "ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA"
Obverse Designer: Mary Gillick
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: G. E. Kruger- Gray
1959-1964 - Elizabeth II - Canadian 50 Cents

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.

Years: 1920–1967
Weight: 11.66 g
Diameter: 29.72 mm
Composition: 80% silver, 20% copper


From sea to sea – the 50-cent coin

The 50-cent 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.

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.

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


50 Cents - Elizabeth II 1st portrait; complete coat of arms

KM# 56
Country Canada
Years 1959-1964
Value 50 Cents
Metal Silver (.8000)
Weight 11.6638 g
Diameter 29.72 mm
Thickness 2.04 mm
Engravers Mary Gillick (obverse)
Thomas Shingles (reverse)
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Edge Reeded

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