Like the United States, Canada’s currency system includes a 50-cent
coin that sees little actual circulation.
The coins are not issued for circulation anymore but are included in
annual sets and offered to collectors in Uncirculated quality in rolls
with specially designed wrappers.
On March 4, the Royal Canadian Mint began sales of rolls of 2014
50-cent coins. A total of 20,000 rolls are available, each roll
containing 25 examples. The languages on the wrapper bear French and
The official issue price of $24.95 is nearly twice the face value of $12.50.
The three-ply nickel-plated steel 50-cent coin weighs 6.3 grams and
measures 27.13 millimeters in diameter.
The Susanna Blunt effigy of Queen Elizabeth II appears on the
obverse, with Canada’s coat-of-arms on the reverse.
The arms represent Canada, and its political roots, especially its
ties to Great Britain and France.
The coat-of-arms was proclaimed by King George V in 1921 and began
appearing on Canada’s coins in 1937. The coat-of-arms has been
modified and updated multiple times in the intervening years, and now
shows Saint Edward’s crown, the Order of Canada and the Canadian motto.
Sales through the RCM are limited to three rolls.
Orders from the RCM will include shipping and handling, and be
charged based on the current exchange rate.
Telephone the RCM inside the United States at 800-268-6468 or visit
its website, www.mint.ca.
Gatewest Coin Ltd. and Talisman Coins also carry the coin as
distributors for the RCM.
To contact Gatewest, telephone the firm at 888-565-2646 or visit www.gatewestcoin.com.
Visit Talisman’s website at www.talismancoins.com or
telephone the firm at 888-552-2646.