Coin Type Specifications
Region: Canada
Denomination: CS$1
Diameter: 36 (mm)
Coin Metal Composition:
Silver [80%] 18.66208 (g)
Copper [20%] 4.66552 (g)
Total Mass: 23.3276 (g)

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1953-1963 - Elizabeth II - Canadian Silver Dollar
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Coin Type Coins
1953-1963 - Elizabeth II - Canadian Silver Dollar Coin Composition
Composition Totals From 8 Coins
Silver : 149.29664 Grams
Copper : 37.32416 Grams
Total Mass : 186.6208 Grams

Metal USD/Pound USD/Troy Ounce USD/Gram Grams/Coin USD/Coin
Silver $447.169 $30.670 $0.986 18.66208 g $18.404
Copper $2.091 $0.143 $0.005 4.66552 g $0.022
Precious and Base Metal Melt Value For Each Coin: $18.426
Combined Precious and Base Metal Melt Value For 8 Coins: $147.404
- Precious Metal prices updated on 07-17-2024
8 Example Coins Found...


Coin Type Description
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Years Minted: 1953-1963
Mint Marks: NONE
Denomination: CS$1
Obverse Design: The portrait in right profile of Elizabeth II, when she was 27 years old, is surrounded with the inscription "ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA" (Elizabeth II, Queen by the grace of God) Lettering: ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA MG
Obverse Designer: Mary Gillick, Thomas Shingles
Reverse Design: A voyageur and an aboriginal travelling by canoe, carrying bundles of which one bears the initials "HB" for Hudson's Bay Company, are surrounded with the facial value and the inscription "CANADA" Lettering: C A N A D A DATE D O L L A R
Reverse Designer: Emanuel Hahn
1953-1963 Canadian Silver Dollar

Voyageur dollar

Years Weight Diameter/Shape Composition
1968–1986 15.62 g 32.13 mm 100% nickel
1953–1967 23.33 g 36.00 mm 80% silver, 20% copper
1935–1952 23.33 g 36.00 mm 80% silver, 20% copper

The Voyageur Dollar was a coin of Canada struck for circulation in 80% silver from 1935 through 1966, and as a commemorative in 2003, in Sterling. A special "flying goose" design was struck for the Centennial Celebration (1867-1967). A smaller, nickel version for general circulation was struck from 1968 through 1986. In 1987, the coin was replaced by the loonie. The coin remains legal tender.


The issue was generally considered a success, and beginning in 1936, the silver dollar (in .800 fine silver) was struck more-or-less annually as a regular issue for general circulation, with the same reverse design as in 1935. Although commemorative dollars were struck for circulation for the visit of King George VI in 1939, no regular issue dollars were struck that year, or, as it turned out, until the end of World War II in 1945. Thereafter, Voyageur Dollars were struck each year through 1966, except in years (e.g. 1935, 1939, and 1958) when a commemorative dollar was struck for circulation.


Canadian silver dollar

The Royal Canadian Mint issued the first silver dollar in 1935 to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George V. The coin’s reverse design was sculpted by Emanuel Hahn and portrays a voyageur and an aboriginal paddling a birch-bark canoe. The faint lines in the background represent the Northern Lights. The voyageur design was used on the dollar until 1986.[1] It was then replaced with the 1987 Canadian 1 dollar coin (Loonie). 1967 marked the end of the silver dollar as a business strike, or a coin issued for circulation. After 1967, the dollar coin was made of nickel, except for non-circulating commemorative issues for the collector market, which continue to contain silver.


Country Canada
Years 1953-1963
Value 1 Dollar
1 CAD = 0.91 USD
Metal Silver (.8000)
Weight 23.3276 g
Diameter 36.06 mm
Thickness 2.84 mm
Engravers Mary Gillick (obverse)
Emanuel Hahn (reverse)
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑


REF: KM 27th ED (old I know) = (KMED27)
REF: = (CAC)
REF: = (NGC)
REF: Short Water Line = (SWL)
REF: 1½ water line don't touch the boat. = (Arnprior)

KMED27 & NGC only list 1953 as having 2 types:

1953 w/o strap, wire rim
1953 w/strap, flat rim

CAC list 1953 as having 3 types:

1953 - NSF
1953 - SF
1953 - SF-SWL

KMED27 & NGC only list 1954 as having 1 type CAC list 2:

1954 - (KMED27, NGC, & CAC)
1954 - SWL (CAC ONLY)

KMED27 1955

1955 - w/4 water lines
1955 - Arnprior w/1-1/2 w.l.*

CAC 1955

1955 -
1955 - Arnprior
1955 - Arnprior - Die Break

NGC 1955

1955 - With 3 water lines
1955 - Arnprior with 1-1/2 water lines* and die break

* All genuine circulation strike 1955 Arnprior dollars have a die break running along the top of TI in the word GRATIA on the obverse. ~ used on KMED27 and NGC

KMED27 & NGC only list 1956 as having 1 type CAC list 2:

1956 - (KMED27, NGC, & CAC)
1956 - SWL (CAC ONLY)

KMED27 1957

1957 - w/4 water lines
1957 - w/1 water lines


1957 - With 3 water lines
1957 - With 1 water lines


1957 -
1957 - WL

1958 - British Columbia's establishment commemorative (NOT IN SET)

1959-1963 - singularly listed in all (KMED27, NGC, & CAC)

1964 - Charlottetown commemorative (NOT IN SET)
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