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Canada’s 50-cent coins available, but only in collector rolls

The Royal Canadian Mint has released 2014 examples of Uncirculated 50-cent coins to collectors in rolls with specially designed wrappers.Royal Canadian Mint [#Beginning of Shooting Data Section] Nikon D2X 2006/04/11 06:59:27.0 RAW (12-bit) Image Size: Large (4288 x 2848) Lens: 85mm F/2.8 D Focal Length: 85mm Exposure Mode: Manual Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern 1/200 sec - F/17 Exposure Comp.: +0.3 EV Sensitivity: ISO 100 Optimize Image: White Balance: Color Temp. (4500 K) AF Mode: Manual Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached Color Mode: Mode I (Adobe RGB) Tone Comp.: Normal Hue Adjustment: 0° Saturation: Normal Sharpening: None Image Comment: Long Exposure NR: Off High ISO NR: Off [#End of Shooting Data Section] Royal Canadian Mint [#Beginning of Shooting Data Section] Nikon D2X 2006/04/11 06:59:27.0 RAW (12-bit) Image Size: Large (4288 x 2848) Lens: 85mm F/2.8 D Focal Length: 85mm Exposure Mode: Manual Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern 1/200 sec - F/17 Exposure Comp.: +0.3 EV Sensitivity: ISO 100 Optimize Image: White Balance: Color Temp. (4500 K) AF Mode: Manual Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached Color Mode: Mode I (Adobe RGB) Tone Comp.: Normal Hue Adjustment: 0° Saturation: Normal Sharpening: None Image Comment: Long Exposure NR: Off High ISO NR: Off [#End of Shooting Data Section]

Images courtesy of www.mint.ca.Marc Fowler

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 English inscriptions.

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. 


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