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Canadian 50 Cent

Calgary Coin offers an extensive selection of Canadian coins including many 50 cents for sale both on the internet and in our store here in Calgary. I usually have most dates available in a variety of grades and prices for collectors at all levels from beginner to advanced. I price from the Canadian Coin News trend sheet, offering many coins well below the values listed there.

I do not provide images of the exact coin to be shipped as with an inventory or thousands of coins, and in some case multiple examines of the same coin, imaging even a tiny percent of them would be impossible. I grade conservatively and describe any significant defects, including minor ones many dealers would not mention. If you ever receive a coin from me you are not satisfied with, please feel free to return it for a full refund.

For those new to coin collecting and unfamiliar with the grading terms preceding each price which describe the quality of that coin, my Canadian Coin Introduction Page provides information on what those descriptions mean.

At the time I am writing this (April 9, 2017) silver is about $24.00 per ounce (Canadian funds). From 1870 to 1919 half dollars were 11.62 grams of sterling (92.5%) silver so contain 0.345 ounces of silver currently worth about $8.28. From 1920 to 1967 they are 11.66 grams of 80% silver so contain 0.30 ounces of silver currently worth $7.20. Due to the time and costs involved in handling coins I only list for sale here 1870 and 1919 examples worth at least $11.00 and 1920 to 1967 examples worth at least $10.00. These base prices will change as the price of silver changes and I will make adjustments here if there are major changes in the price of silver.

Note that throughout this page I will switch back and forth between referring those these as 50 cents, and half dollars. While they are correctly called 50 cents, people will be doing on line searches using both terms, so using them both on this page will allow for that.


Prices are in Canadian Dollars

QUEEN VICTORIA
AD 1837 - 1901


1870 half dollar

image of type only

Victorian and Edwardian 50 cent coins were the "work horse" coins of their day most that survive are well worn, normally grading g-4 to VG-8. All dates are rare to very rare in Mint State and putting together at set even in XF-40 would be a challenge.

1870 50 Cent

The first Canadian half dollar is the 1870, which is found with in two obverse varieties. The more common type is obverse 2, known as the LCW type because the designers initials L.C.W. are sound on the truncation of the bust to the far right, plus there is a small shamrock inside the first arch to the left on the Queen's crown. 1870 no LCW coins always have a weak struck date. Then purchasing a no LCS example, one must look closely to be certain someone has not carved off the LCS and shamrock, although there are other minor differences one can check.

  1. 1870 LCW, re punched C in Victoria, CCCS VF-30  $335.00

1871 50 Cent

  1. 1871 ............................. toned VF-20  $400.00

1871 H 50 Cent

  1. 1871 H ............................. holed G-4     SOLD

1872 H 50 Cent

On 1872 H obverse had the V in Victoria punched with an inverted A punch with the cross bar visible in the V. This inverted A or V variety is much scarcer than the normal V type.

  1. 1872 H ................................... G-4     SOLD
     
  2. 1872 H Inverted A/V ........... marks ICCS G-6     SOLD

1881 50 Cent

  1. 1881 H ............................. toned G-4   $48.00

1888 50 Cent

  1. 1888 obv. 4 .............................. G-6  $600.00

1890 H 50 Cent

This is the rarest date of Victorian half dollars. Most examples we see have problems, often weak rims, and they are often cleaned and light marks. While finding any example is difficult, attractive ones in any grade are especially hard to find.

  1. 1890 H ................................... G-6     SOLD

1892 50 Cent

  1. 1892 obverse 4 .......................... aG-3     SOLD

1894 50 Cent

  1. 1894 ............................... ICCS F-15     SOLD

1898 50 Cent

  1. 1898 ..................................... G-4   $48.00
  2. 1898 ................................ ICCS G-6   $72.00
  3. 1898 .................................... F-12  $200.00
  4. 1898 ............................... ICCS F-15  $320.00
  5. 1898 ...... nice white coin ........ NGC AU-58 $7250.00

1899 50 Cent

On this date some examples have a slightly larger first 9 than other examples. One reference book says it is the last 9 that is different but that seems to be an error.

  1. 1899 small first 9 .................. ICCS G-6     SOLD
     
  2. 1899 large first 9 .. small edge nick ICCS G-6     SOLD

1900 50 Cent

  1. 1900 ............................... ICCS VG-8   $72.50
  2. 1900 ............................ cleaned F-12   $92.50

1901 50 Cent

  1. 1901 .............................. ICCS AU-50     SOLD


EDWARD VII
AD 1902 - 1910

1908 half dollar
image of type only

1902 50 Cent

  1. 1902 ...... scratches, slightly rough G-4/aG-3     SOLD

1903 H 50 Cent

  1. 1903 H .............................. G-4/aG-3     SOLD

1904 50 Cent

  1. 1904 .............................. ICCS VF-30     SOLD

1905 50 Cent

  1. 1905 ..................................... G-6     SOLD

1906 50 Cent

  1. 1906 ..................................... G-6   $18.00
  2. 1906 ............................... ICCS VG-8   $24.00

1907 50 Cent

  1. 1907 ..................................... G-6   $18.00

The Royal Canadian Mint opened in Ottawa in 1908 after which nearly all Canadian coins were minted in Canada. While the designs remained the same, the die axis for was changed from "coinage" to "medal", except for the 1 cent coins which had always been made at medal axis. Coinage die axis means that if you place your fingers above and below the portrait then spin the coin around the other side comes out upside down. Medal axis means it comes out the same way up.

1908 50 Cent

  1. 1908 ............................. scratch G-4   $14.50
  2. 1908 ..................................... G-6   $30.00

1909 50 Cent

  1. 1909 ................................... VF-30  $450.00

1910 50 Cent

Part way through 1910 the design was modified to changes the type of leaves on the reverse wreath. The earlier examples have what are known as Victorian leaves which more pointed and come closer to the rim. The later issues have what are known as Edwardian leaves with more rounded tips and are slightly farther from the rim. However, on worn specimens they can be very difficult to differentiate. 1910 is the only year in which you find both types.

  1. 1910 Victorian leaves .................... G-4   $16.00
     
  2. 1910 Edwardian leaves .......... scratches G-4   $10.00
  3. 1910 Edwardian leaves .................... G-4   $12.00
  4. 1910 Edwardian leaves .................... G-6   $16.00
  5. 1910 Edwardian leaves ................... VG-8   $20.00


GEORGE V
AD 1911 - 1936


1911 half dollar
image of 1911 type only

1911 50 Cent

George V coins were introduced in 1911 with "DEI GRATIA", Latin for "God' Grace", omitted from the obverse inscription. Known as the "GODLESS COINS" there was a public out rage and in 1912 "DEI GRATIA" returned to Canadian coins.

  1. 1911 Godless ........................ G-4/aG-3   $12.00
  2. 1911 Godless ......................... G-6/G-4   $19.00
  3. 1911 Godless ............................. G-6   $19.50
  4. 1911 Godless ............. dig on reverse VG-8   $16.00
  5. 1911 Godless .................. scratches VG-8   $20.00

1916 half dollar
image of 1912 TO 1936 type only

1912 50 Cent

  1. 1912 ........................... scratches G-6   $10.00
  2. 1912 ..................................... G-6   $12.50
  3. 1912 ............................ scratch VG-8   $12.00
  4. 1912 .................................... VG-8   $16.00
  5. 1912 ................................... VG-10   $28.00

1913 50 Cent

  1. 1913 ................................. G-6/G-4   $12.00
  2. 1913 ................................ mark G-6   $10.00
  3. 1913 ..................................... G-6   $13.00
  4. 1913 .................................... VG-8   $16.00
  5. 1913 .............................. ICCS VG-10   $32.00

1914 50 Cent

  1. 1914 ..................................... G-4   $20.00
  2. 1914 ........................ scratch G-6/aG-3   $16.00
  3. 1914 ................................. G-6/G-4   $24.00
  4. 1914 ................................ mark G-6   $20.00
  5. 1914 ..................................... G-6   $28.00
  6. 1914 ................................ VG-8/G-4   $28.00
  7. 1914 .............................. ICCS VG-10   $80.00

No Canadian half dollars were struck in 1915.

1916 50 Cent

  1. 1916 ..................................... G-6   $10.00
  2. 1916 .................................... VG-8   $12.00
  3. 1916 ......................... scratches VG-10   $10.00
  4. 1916 ............................... ICCS F-15   $56.00
  5. 1916 ................... dark toned ICCS VF-20   $72.00

1917 50 Cent

  1. 1917 ..................................... G-6   $10.00
  2. 1917 .................................... VG-8   $11.50
  3. 1917 ................................... VG-10   $16.00
  4. 1917 ................................... VF-30   $98.00

1918 50 Cent

  1. 1918 ..................................... G-6   $10.00
  2. 1918 ......................... minor mark VG-8   $10.00
  3. 1918 .................................... VG-8   $12.00
  4. 1918 ................................... VG-10   $15.00

1919 50 Cent

  1. 1919 .................................... VG-8   $11.50
  2. 1919 ................................... VG-10   $15.50
  3. 1919 .................................... F-12   $20.00
  4. 1919 .............................. ICCS VF-20   $40.00

While there were no design changes between 1912 and 1936, the alloy from which these are struck was reduced from the previous sterling (92.5%) silver to 80% silver starting in 1920.

1920 50 Cent

There are two varieties of the 1920 50 cent. The common variety known as the small or narrow 0 has the inside of the 0 of the date a narrow oval slightly pointed at the top and bottom. The scarcer large or wide has the inside of the 0 wider and more rounded top and bottom. The CCN trend sheet lists the large (wide) 0 at about double the price of the small (narrow) 0 in most grades, but this does not reflect the true relative rarity where the where I find at least 50 narrow 0's to every wide 0.

  1. 1920 narrow (small) 0 .................... G-6   $12.00
  2. 1920 narrow (small) 0 ............... VG-8/G-6   $13.00
  3. 1920 narrow (small) 0 .......... rim nick VG-8   $13.00
     
  4. 1920 wide (large) 0 ........... edge nicks G-6   $12.00

1921 50 Cent

Over 200,000 Canadian half dollars were minted in 1921 but there was no demand for them so nearly all sat in the mint unused until 1928. No one knows how many were actually put in circulation but today there are less than 100 known to exist. The banks started ordering half dollars from the mint in 1929 but the mint master melted down the remaining 1921's and used the metal to strike 1929's.

  1. 1921 ............................... ANY GRADE   WANTED

With no demand for half dollars during most of the 1920's, none were struck from 1922 to 1928.

1929 50 Cent

  1. 1929 ..................................... G-6   $ 9.00
  2. 1929 .................................... VG-8   $11.00

Demand for 50 cent coins remained low during the depression, with none struck in the years 1930, 1933 and 1935, with only small mintages of 1931, 1932, 1934 and 1936.

1931 50 Cent

  1. 1931 ..................................... G-6   $19.50
  2. 1931 ............................ scratch VG-8   $16.00
  3. 1931 ............................ cleaned VG-8   $16.00
  4. 1931 .................................... VG-8   $28.00
  5. 1931 ................... scratches, ICCS VG-10   $20.00
  6. 1931 .................................... F-15   $69.50

1932 50 Cent

Just over 19,000 1932 50 cents were struck, only slightly more than the 1948 dollar. Since there were not thought of as anything scarce while silver half dollars were still circulating, most of them are now seen fairly worn and it difficult to find them grading above Fine. This is why in grades above XF-40 they are more expensive than 1948 dollars.

  1. 1932 .................. minor reverse dig VG-8  $120.00
  2. 1932 .......................... rim nicks VG-8  $100.00
  3. 1932 ............................... ICCS VG-8  $140.00
  4. 1932 .............................. ICCS VG-10  $180.00
  5. 1932 .................................... F-15  $325.00
  6. 1932 ............................... ICCS F-15  $325.00

1934 50 Cent

Just over 39,000 1934 50 cents were struck which is still a very low mintage, and like 1932 50 cents were not thought of as scarce while such coins still circulated and finding examples above VF-20 is difficult.

  1. 1934 .................................... F-15   $86.50
  2. 1934 .............................. ICCS VG-10   $42.00
  3. 1934 .................... tiny edge nick VF-20   $89.50

1936 50 Cent

The mintage of 1936 50 cents is just slightly less than the 1934, at a little under 39,000, and they to are difficult to find above VF-20 is difficult.

  1. 1936 ..................................... G-6   $30.00
  2. 1936 .......................... scratches VG-8   $24.00
  3. 1936 ................... cleaned, marks VG-10   $18.00
  4. 1936 .................................... F-15   $72.00
  5. 1936 ............................... ICCS F-15   $72.00


GEORGE VI
AD 1937 - 1952

1944 half dollar
image of 1937 TO 1947 type only

With the depression ending, as George VI came to the throne, the demand for 50 cent coins increased and we see the mintages beginning to increase dramatically starting in 1937. Through the 1940's the mintages for most years exceeded a million coins, with the exceptions being 1947 maple leaf and 1948 (both made in 1948 and discussed below) and 1949 which was nearly a million. All of these dates are often seen with a fair amount of wear on them, showing they saw fairly wide circulation.

There is an odd feature in the George V half dollars when we cannot yet explain. For some reason in most of the years we see at least one die exhibits a die cracked extending from the unicorn's hoof across the last digit or digits of the date, sometimes also propagating in the other direction as well. While die cracks are seen on many coins in many positions, it is the fact that it is see in the exact same position on so many different dates that is interesting, and suggests something in the designs causes a weakness in these dies, although what ever it is not obvious. To date we have noticed in on examples from a 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945 1946, 1949, 1950 and 1952, but expect it occurs on others as well. I have also seen it faintly on a 1953.

1937 50 Cent

  1. 1937 ................................... VF-20   $13.50
  2. 1937 .............................. ICCS VF-20   $13.50
  3. 1937 ................................... XF-40   $17.50
  4. 1937 ........................ light tone AU-55   $30.00
  5. 1937 ................................... MS-60   $36.00

1938 50 Cent

  1. 1938 .................................... F-15   $17.00
  2. 1938 .............................. ICCS VF-30   $30.00
  3. 1938 .............................. tone XF-40   $40.00
  4. 1938 .............................. ICCS XF-40   $40.00

1939 50 Cent

  1. 1939 ................................... VF-30   $21.00
  2. 1939 ................................... XF-45   $42.00
  3. 1939 .............................. ICCS MS-62  $160.00
  4. 1939 ................................... MS-64  $520.00

1940 50 Cent

  1. 1940 ................................... XF-40   $13.00

Some people are trying collect George VI half dollars by varieties in the position of the final two digits of the dates. Because die production methods of that era nearly every die will be slightly different. For each date the major catalogs put them all into only a handful of somewhat arbitrarily picked varieties but one sees many examples that cannot be clearly assigned to one variety or the other. Even the Charlton catalogue and ICCS occasionally assign a die variety to two different types. A few people are asking about them, so I have provided images and explanations some of them as best I understand them, but many months of keeping records of what I encountered to determine relative rarities of these varieties (information provided below), in most cases I found them to have no significant rarity differences. In my opinion, it makes no sense to collect them that way unless one intends to collect these by die variety, and while I will leave in place the explanations and images I put here earlier, I have decided not to list most of them for sale based on variety other than in a handful of cases where I feel it is significant or the particular variety has been a long recognized and well established as a collectable variety (such as the 1946 design, 1951 no design, etc).

The major 1941 varieties are wide and narrow dates defined by the positions of the final 1 relative to the denticles below. Wide date coins have a 1 that points between two denticles and on narrow date coins it points directly at a denticle. out of 47 coins examined, that came to us randomly, there were 22 WIDE and 25 NARROW date coins.

Canada 50 cent 1941 wide date

1941 wide date, points between denticles.
canada half dollar 1941 narrow

1941 narrow date, points at a denticle.


1941 50 Cent

  1. 1941 ................................... VF-30   $10.00
  2. 1941 ................................... XF-40   $13.00
  3. 1941 ................................... XF-45   $14.50

For 1942 Charlton lists a wide and narrow date, but looking at his images I see no significant difference to define them by. In a group of 5 examples that came in together, all were slightly different with no clear way to define them into categories. Two had a narrow gap between the 9 and 4 but one of those had a wide and the other a narrow gap between the 4 and 2. Three had a wide gap between the 9 and 4, of which two had a narrow and one a wide gap between the 4 and 2. Within those there were also variations on how the two lined up with the denticles below. With no way to define them, I see no point listing any varieties.

1942 50 Cent

  1. 1942 ................................... VF-30   $10.00
  2. 1942 ................................... XF-40   $13.00
  3. 1942 ............ 15 degree die rotation XF-40   $13.00
  4. 1942 ................................... AU-50   $17.75
  5. 1942 ........................ light tone AU-50   $17.75
  6. 1942 ................................... MS-60   $32.00

1943 has four variations of wide date, medium and narrow dates plus a distinctive 3/3 date. The wide, medium and narrow dates can be defined by drawing a line down the left side of the three and looking to see how the cross bar of the 4 ends relative to that line. Out of 158 examples examined I noticed varieties within even those major categories and the occasional coin which could not be clearly assigned to a specific category. The wide date was slightly scarcer than the medium and narrow, but not by enough to justify a different price.

There was one variety that was much scarcer and for which a higher value is justified, which is a 3/3 variety with only 4 examples in that 158 coins we examined.



canada half dollar 1943 wide date

1943 wide date, the 4 ends before line.
canada 50 cent 1943 medium

1943 medium date, the 4 end slightly across line
canda half dollar 1943 narrow

1943 narrow date, 4 ends further across line.
canada half dollar 1943 3 over 3

1943 3 over 3.


1943 50 Cent

  1. 1943 .. large reverse die break at date, VF-30   $12.00
  2. 1943 ................................... XF-40   $13.00
  3. 1943 ....................... light toned XF-40   $13.00
  4. 1943 ................................... XF-45   $15.50
  5. 1943 ................................... AU-50   $17.50
  6. 1943 ................................... MS-60   $32.00
  7. 1943 FAR 3......................... ICCS MS-60   $32.00
  8. 1943 ................................... MS-63   $80.00
     
  9. 1943 3/3 ............................... AU-55     SOLD

1944 half dollars are complex with many sub varieties composed of a combination of wide and narrow dates with high, medium and low 4's. I find that the high, medium and low 4's are more distinctive definitions so will differentiating them that way. There is also a very distinctive and scarce 4/4 over variety.

I define high, medium and low 4's by how the tail of the 4 meets the unicorn's hoof. On the low 4 the unicorn's hoof ends above back of the 4, not touching any part of the 4. For both the medium and high 4's the unicorn's hoof touches the 4, but on the medium 4 the bottom of the hoof ends against the back of the 4, and on the high 4 the back of the hoof ends below the bottom of the 4. There are a number of minor sub varieties of each, including a few not distinctly one or the other so we are now leaning towards combining the low and medium 4 into one group called the regular 4.

There is also a scarce 4/4 variety where a die started as a medium 4 and a second 4 was punched slightly to the right and slightly higher, so that there is a clear doubling on the left slant and at the bottom of the 4, and the unicorns hoof touches the back upright of the 4.

If one were to define the varieties as only a low 4, regular 4 and 4/4, out of 145 random examples I found 13 HIGH 4's, 129 regular 4's, 3 4/4's. As the low 4 and 4/4 are much scarer, higher values are justified and we will list them as distinct variations when available.



canadian half dollar 1944 low 4

1944 low 4 where hoof ends far above the 4).

canada 50 cent1944 medium 4

1944 medium 4, hoof ends at back of 4
with both wide and narrow date varieties.

Canadian 50 cnet 1944 high 4

1944 high 4, hoof ends below back of 4
gap between the 4's is either wide or narrow.

Canadian half dollar 1944 4 over 4

1944 4/4 with a distinct doubled final 4.


1944 50 Cent

  1. 1944 ................................... VF-30   $10.00
  2. 1944 ................................... XF-40   $12.50
  3. 1944 ................................... XF-45   $16.00
  4. 1944 ................................... AU-50   $18.00
  5. 1944 NEAR 4 ............................ MS-63   $80.00
  6. 1944 FAR 4 ............................. MS-63   $80.00
     
  7. 1944 low 4 .............................. VG-8   $12.00
  8. 1944 low 4 .............................. F-12   $21.00
  9. 1944 low 4 ............................. AU-50   $75.00
     
  10. 1944 small die break joining hoof and 4 . F-15   $10.00

In 1945 there are blunt and pointed 5's, plus wide and narrow dates. So far I have found all blunt 5's are wide dates. Pointed 5's come in both wide and narrow dates defined by the spacing between the 4 and 5 but there are several dies with various spacings and some are not clearly wide or narrow dates. In 102 random examples, there were 18 blunt 5's (all wide date), and 84 pointed 5's with a fairly even distribution of wide and narrow dates. With only 18 blunt 5's out of 102 coins, the blunt 5 is scarcer but still easy to fine and we do not feel a higher price is justified. Because the two different five shapes, probably two different punches were involved making this a justifiable variety, but with no difference in value we will no longer list them separately but if you are looking for one or the other we will try to help.

Canada half dollar 1945 blunt 5
1945 blunt 5.

1945 pointed 5 narrow date
1945 narrow date with 4 and 5 close together.

1945 narrow date
1945 pointed 5 wide date (4 and 5 further a part).

1945 50 Cent

  1. 1945 ................................... XF-40   $13.50
  2. 1945 ....................... nice toning XF-40   $13.50
  3. 1945 ....................... light toned MS-60   $32.00
  4. 1945 ................................... MS-62   $48.00
  5. 1945 .............................. ICCS MS-63   $80.00
     
  6. 1945 DOUBLE 5 ..................... ICCS VF-30   $16.00

1946 half dollars are somewhat complicated, even more so than the standard references indicate where non-"design" types are only listed as wide and narrow dates, but there are clearly wide, medium and narrow date examples. They can be distinguished as follows :



1946 narrow date
Narrow date
6 ends to the left of rock line edge.
4 and 6 touch.

1946 medium
Middle date
6 ends on the rock line edge.
Gap between the 4 and the 6.

1946 wide date
Wide date
6 ends to the right of rock line edge, nearer the ring.
Distinct gap between the 4 and 6.


Unless you use three types the middle date would be defined a narrow date based on the distance between the 6 tip and the ring, but as a wide date based on the gap between the 4 and 6. I have now examined 44 examples and found 12 wide date, 30 middle date, and 2 narrow date. The wide and middle dates do not show enough difference in scarcity to justify a different value, but the narrow date where the 4 and 6 touch are much scarcer and do justify a higher value. For now we have decided it is best to just list the scarce narrow dates as a separate variety, and combine the middle and wide dates as just 1946 without designation, but if you wanted to purchase a particular one we will be happy to sort one out for you if you let us know.

1946 50 Cent

  1. 1946 ................................... VF-20   $13.00
  2. 1946 ................................... VF-30   $15.50
  3. 1946 ................................... AU-50   $32.00
  4. 1946 ....................... nice toning AU-50   $32.00
  5. 1946 ................................... AU-55   $48.00
  6. 1946 .............................. ICCS AU-55   $48.00
  7. 1946 ................................... MS-62  $100.00
  8. 1946 ...... minor peripheral toning ICCS MS-64  $320.00

To make the 1946 half dollars even more complicated, one or more of the dies deteriorated in stages resulting various stages of infilling in the 6. First a small die break started inside of the 6, resulting in a small filling at the top, in what we call the "partial design". While not listed in most commonly used references, it was noted by Zoell in his books on Canadian varieties as # R447a. Until recently I thought all were narrow date varieties, but I have now determined these exist for the wide date variety, so clearly two different dies are involved. On one of the dies, that break expands across the 6 to the left where it touches the bottom of the 4, but with still only the top of the 6 filled, becoming a full design (defined by this die break touching the 4) in what we call the "design #2". Finally the break widens inside the 6 until more than 50% of the 6 is fill, becoming what I call the "design #1", and which is the "design" type listed in some references, and is also known as the "hoof" in other references.



1946 partial

partial design
die break only inside top of 6. Listed by Hans Zoell as P447c.


1946 design #2

design #2
die break extends across to 4
only top of 6 filled.
1946 design #1

design #1, die break extends across to 4
inside of 6 more than 50% filled.

1946 DESIGN 50 Cent

  1. 1946, partial design ZOELL R447a ....... VF-30   $24.50
  2. 1946, partial design ZOELL R447a ....... XF-40   $27.50
     
  3. 1946, full design #2 ................... XF-40     SOLD
     
  4. 1946, full design #1 ........... cleaned VF-30  $ 60.00
  5. 1946, full design #1 .............. ICCS VF-30  $128.00
  6. 1946, full design #1 .............. ICCS XF-40  $200.00
  7. 1946, full design #1 .............. ICCS AU-50  $560.00

1947 half dollars come in four significant varieties. The two major divisions are those minted in 1947 without a small maple leaf after the date, and those minted in 1948 which have the small maple leaf after the date. Each of those are found with either a curved 7 (curved right 7) or a 7 (curved left 7). Wide and narrow date variations exist, but I have not yet found a simply diagnostic for them, and as there seems to be no difference in scarcity between narrow and wide dates, for now I am not listing them here. The maple leaf types are much scarcer than those without, and the maple leaf with the straight 7 (or curved left 7) is very rare.



1947 curved left

1947 curved left or straight 7
1947 curved right

1947 curved right or curved 7

1947 50 Cent

  1. 1947 curved left ....................... MS-63     SOLD
     
  2. 1947 curved right (ICCS has S 7) .. ICCS MS-62     SOLD

Because India received its independence in 1947 "IND IMP" (India's Emperor) had to be removed from all British Commonwealth coins dated after 1947. The new designs were prepared in England and those for Canada were not ready until late in 1948. New coins were needed so for the first part of 1948 coins were struck dated 1947 with a small maple leaf after the date indicating minted in 1948.


1947 maple leaf curved right
1947 maple leaf curved left

1947 MAPLE LEAF 50 Cent

1947 half dollars maple leaf (ML) half dollars come in two varieties with either a curved right or curved left 7. The curved left (also know as the straight 7) are scarce, but the curved right variety is extremely rare.

  1. 1947 MAPLE LEAF curved left ....... ICCS VF-30   $68.00
  2. 1947 MAPLE LEAF curved left lt tone ICCS VF-30   $68.00
  3. 1947 MAPLE LEAF curved left ....... ICCS XF-40   $90.00
  4. 1947 MAPLE LEAF curved left 7/7/7 ...... MS-63  $400.00

Because the dies for the 1948 half dollars did not arrive from England until late in the year, very few of these were struck and are today fairly scarce. There are varieties in Charlton for narrow and wide date, and high and low 4, 1948 half dollars, but we no longer differentiate between them as there are relatively insignificant and nearly impossible tell apart (I see no real different between the ones illustrated in the Charlton catalogue).

1948 50 Cent

  1. 1948 ................................... VG-10  $100.00
  2. 1948 .............................. ICCS VF-20  $135.00
  3. 1948 .............................. ICCS VF-30  $150.00
  4. 1948 ................................... MS-63  $400.00
  5. 1948 .... traces of tone at edges . ICCS MS-64  $725.00

1949 half dollars are complicated with a combination of the position of the 4's relative to the 9's, with high, medium and low 4's, and the size of the gap between the first 9 and the 4, with wide and narrow gaps. The more we look, the more varieties we find (there are some with even higher 4's), and every die must have been different. We have noticed that the low 9's seem to be a little scarcer than the high and medium 9's but not by enough to justify any difference in value, so at this time I will not be separating them in our listings.

The one distinctive variety is that called the "hoof" or "hoof over" where a die crack extends from the unicorn's hoof and onto the 9, making it look like the hoof overlays part of the 9. They would have been struck late in the working life of just one die, and are scarce and the only variety we now feel justifies being listed separately at a higher value.



Canada half dollar 1949 high 4 narrow date

1949 high 4 narrow date
Top of 4 higher than 9's.
narrow gap between 9 and 4

1949 high 4

1949 medium 4 wide date
Top of 4 nearly level with 9's
wide gap between 9 and 4

Canada half dollar 1949 low 4 narrow date

1949 low 4 narrow date
top of 4 below 9's, narrow gap between 9 and 4.
Canada half dollar 1949 low 4 wide date

1949 low 4 wide date
top of 4 below 9's, wide gap between 9 and 4.


1949 high 4

Hoof-over
Die crack from hoof onto 9.

1949 50 Cent

  1. 1949 .............. mid golden edge tone AU-50   $20.00
     
  2. 1949 hoof ............................... VG-8   $20.00
  3. 1949 hoof ............................... F-15   $34.00

1950 half dollar dies usually have some ground lines overlapped into the "0" of 1950. The lines vary from strong and fully across the O from top to bottom, to only a trace in the lower right, but there are some with no trace of them at all. We also see some dies with the die break across the date. This results in two major and two minor varieties :


1950 full design

1950 full design

1) Full design - four clear lines inside the "0" with the top line extending more than half way across, with parts of three lines visible between the "5" and "0", with parts of four more to the lower right outside the "0".



1950 part design

1950 part design with strong lines

2) Partial design - some lines visible inside the"0" ranging from just a trace to the top line extending no more than half way across. If any traces of these lines are visible, the example cannot be called a "no design" variety. There are also traces of ground lines between the "5" and "0", and to the bottom right of the "0".

The Charlton Standard Catalogue lists part designs at slightly higher value than full designs but in my experience there is no difference in rarity so there should be no difference in value. At this point, I see no reason to list them as separate items here.

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1950 no design

1950 no design, this example has the die break

3) No design - no trace of ground lines inside the "0", between the "0" and "5", or to the lower right of the "0".

4) No design with die break. The same characteristics as the regular no design, but a clear die break across the "0" to the bottom of the "5". Years ago only examples with the die break were considered true no design's but today the die break is not considered necessary for this variety. Those with the die break are scarcer and I do differentiate them and price them higher.


1950 50 Cent

  1. 1950 regular design ......... light tone MS-62   $24.00
     
  2. 1950 no design, no die break ............ F-12     SOLD
     
  3. 1950 no design, with die break .... ICCS MS-60     SOLD

1951 50 Cent

  1. 1951 ........................ light tone AU-50   $12.00
  2. 1951 ................................... AU-55   $13.00
  3. 1951 ................................... MS-62   $18.00
  4. 1951 ........................ light tone MS-63   $28.00

1952 50 Cent

  1. 1952 ...................... nicely toned MS-62   $16.00
  2. 1952 ....... light scratch, was MS-63 so MS-62   $16.00


ELIZABETH II
AD 1953 - PRESENT

Young Head Series

1953 50 Cent

Examples struck earlier in 1953 have a very weak shoulder fold which often does not strike up, making the Queen's shoulder look bare so known as the "no shoulder strap" (NSS) or "no shoulder fold" (NSF) variety. Later in 1953 new dies were cut to strengthen the shoulder fold and are known as the "shoulder strap" (SS) or "shoulder fold" (SF) variety. The early NSS variety has strongly serifed "I"'s in the obverse, while SS variety has straighter "I"'s, and the "I"'s are the best way to confirm this variety.

NSS examples usually have a small date, while the SS examples always have a large date. Some example are found of NSS with a small date and are probably mule errors, but as they are only slightly uncommon and no one thinks of them as an error.

  1. 1953 small date NSS .................... XF-45   $ 9.00
  2. 1953 small date NSS .................... AU-50   $12.00
  3. 1953 small date NSS .................... MS-60   $13.00
  4. 1953 small date NSS .... minor dark spot MS-62   $14.00
     
  5. 1953 large date NSS .................... XF-40   $18.00
     
  6. 1953 large date SS ..................... XF-45     SOLD

1954 50 Cent

  1. 1954 ............................. cameo PL-64     SOLD

1955 50 Cent

  1. 1955 ................................... MS-62   $20.00
  2. 1955 .............................. ICCS MS-63   $28.00

1956 50 Cent

  1. 1956 ........................ toned PROOF-LIKE   $28.00

1957 50 Cent

  1. 1957 ................................... MS-60   $11.50
  2. 1957 .......... very slightly toned PROOF-LIKE   $16.00
  3. 1957 .............................. ICCS PL-65   $24.00

1958 dot

1958 dot

1958 50 Cent

Some 1958 half dollars have a small dot below the last "A" in "CANADA", resulting from die deterioration.

  1. 1958 .......... ICCS MS-60, I grade this AU-50   $ 8.00
  2. 1958 .............................. ICCS MS-60   $11.50
  3. 1958 ................................... MS-62   $12.00
  4. 1958 ........................ light tone MS-62   $12.00
  5. 1958 ................. light toning ICCS MS-64   $25.00
     
  6. 1958 dot ................................ F-15   $10.00
  7. 1958 dot ............................... VF-20   $12.00

1959 50 Cent

  1. 1959 .............................. ICCS MS-64   $24.00
  2. 1959 .............................. ICCS PL-65   $14.00
  3. 1959 ............ ICCS ultra heavy cameo PL-66  $160.00

1960 50 Cent

  1. 1960 ........................ cameo PROOF-LIKE   $12.00
  2. 1960 .................. ICCS heavy cameo PL-65   $24.00

1961 50 Cent

  1. 1961 ................................... MS-63   $12.00
  2. 1961 ....... part toned heavy cameo PROOF-LIKE   $12.00
  3. 1961 ....................... heavy cameo PL-65   $20.00

1962 50 Cent

  1. 1962 ................................... MS-62   $11.50
  2. 1962 ................................... MS-63   $12.00
  3. 1962 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $10.00
  4. 1962 ........................ cameo PROOF-LIKE   $12.00
  5. 1962 ............. edge toned cameo PROOF-LIKE   $12.00

1963 50 Cent

  1. 1963 ................................... MS-63   $12.00
  2. 1963 .............................. ICCS MS-64   $20.00
  3. 1963 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $10.00
  4. 1963 ........................ cameo PROOF-LIKE   $11.00

1964 50 Cent

  1. 1964 ....................... heavy cameo MS-60   $12.00
  2. 1964 ................................... MS-62   $11.50
  3. 1964 ............................. cameo MS-62   $13.00
  4. 1964 ................................... MS-63   $12.00
  5. 1964 ............................. cameo MS-63   $15.00
  6. 1964 ................................... MS-64   $20.00
  7. 1964 .................. ICCS heavy cameo MS-64   $28.00
  8. 1964 .............................. ICCS MS-65   $60.00
  9. 1964 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $10.00
  10. 1964 ........................ cameo PROOF-LIKE   $11.00
  11. 1964 . . attractive edge tone cameo PROOF-LIKE   $11.00
  12. 1964 .................. ICCS heavy cameo PL-65   $18.00
  13. 1964 .................. ICCS heavy cameo PL-66   $60.00

Mature Head Series

1965 50 Cent

  1. 1965 ................................... MS-62   $11.50
  2. 1965 ................................... MS-63   $12.00
  3. 1965 ................................... MS-63   $20.00
  4. 1965 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $10.00
  5. 1965 ........................ toned PROOF-LIKE   $10.00
  6. 1965 ........................ cameo PROOF-LIKE   $11.00

1966 50 Cent

  1. 1966 ................................... MS-62   $11.50
  2. 1966 ................................... MS-63   $12.00
  3. 1966 ................................... MS-64   $20.00
  4. 1966 .............................. ICCS MS-65   $80.00
  5. 1966 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $10.00

In 1967, to celebrate Canada's 100th anniversary as a country, all of the standard circulating coins were issued depicting various animals common to Canada, with a howling wolf depicted on these 50 cent coins. Please note that the examples of this type we offer here are exceptional examples, either Proof-likes, Specimens or high end MS examples, often with a cameo portrait and/or wolf. Normal examples, even in MS-60 to 62, or even specimens and proof-likes with any problems, are very common and only worth the value of the silver they contain so we do not list them here. For most coins if listed as cameo it is only the portrait side where the cameo effect is important. On these 1967 coins many people like the cameo effect on the animals, so for these we will note if the cameo is on the portrait, on the wolf or both (you seldom get it on both, but they do show up sometimes in the specimen sets).

1967 50 Cent

  1. 1967 wolf .............................. MS-62   $11.00
  2. 1967 wolf ....... heavy cameo ..... PCGS MS-62   $17.00
  3. 1967 wolf .............................. MS-63   $12.00
  4. 1967 wolf ............. cameo ..... PCGS MS-63   $17.00
  5. 1967 wolf ....... heavy cameo ..... PCGS MS-63   $22.00
  6. 1967 wolf ................... cameo PROOF-LIKE   $11.50
  7. 1967 wolf ..................... cameo SPECIMEN   $12.00


NICKEL HALF DOLLARS


With the switch from silver to nickel coins in 1968, half dollars was reduced from the 29.72 mm of the previous silver coins to 27.13 mm, making them easy to differentiate. All 50 cents after 1967, other than some odd mint commemorative's, are struck to the 27.13 mm size including those struck of silver for the proof sets starting in 1996.

Nickel half dollars from 1968 to 1986 are very common and average ones are not of enough value for us to list here. I only list either exceptionally high quality examples (normally from Proof-like, Specimen or Proof sets) or scarce varieties, but as you can see even they are not of significant value. Starting in 1987 the mintages are dramatically reduced as the mint stopped issuing them through banks, and most dates after 1986 command a small premium with the newest dates being the most difficult to find.

Please note that up to 2011 when I describe a coin to be Proof-like (PL) I mean a coin from a mint set, intestinally struck to a higher quality than normal, but worth less than a MS (Mint State) coin from a bank roll in the same grade. They are fairly easily differentiated by their strike and luster. ICCS and some references call such coins "NON-CIRCULATING NUMISMATIC MINT STATE" which I feel will cause confusion in beginning collectors. Starting in 2012 the mint stopped making intentionally nicer coins for the standard sets and the coins are all simply MS (mint state) except for specimen and proof examples.

1968 50 Cent

  1. 1968 ................................... MS-63   $ 1.50
  2. 1968 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  3. 1968 ........................ cameo PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.00

1969 50 Cent

  1. 1969 ................................... MS-62   $ 1.25
  2. 1969 ................................... MS-63   $ 1.50
  3. 1969 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50

1970 50 Cent

  1. 1970 ................................... MS-60   $ 1.00
  2. 1970 ................................... MS-62   $ 1.25
  3. 1970 ................................... MS-63   $ 1.50
  4. 1970 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  5. 1970 ........................ cameo PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.00

Beginning in 1971, the mint begins issuing three different striking qualities, with a fourth added in 1981:

Mint state (abbreviated MS) which are coins struck for issue through the banks and have average lustre and surface qualities. In most cases MS coins have little value unless in the highest range of the MS coins, and those are seldom seen. We don't list most dates in MS because they are not of high enough value to justify the time and trouble to list and/or ship them.

Proof-like (abbreviated PL) are standard mint set coins, usually from the pliofilm packaged sets, red double penny sets, and later the blue book set, but in later dates there were a variety of other types of sets they can come from. PL coins have a much higher lustre than MS coins, mostly because they are struck from dies in their newest die state. They also have very minimal marks (the average PL is a PL-64) as they did not go through as many of the mint handling processes as MS coins do, but they are not perfect coins and one should not expect them to be absolutely mark free.

Specimen (abbreviated SP or SPEC) which were in the black leather double dollar sets from 1971 to 1980, and for later dates in various types sets. Like PL coins they are struck from dies in their freshest die state but differ in being double struck to give them a higher lustre and sharper images, and they do not go through any mint handling processes before going into the sets so are nearly mark free. The rims tend and edges tend to be a little sharper although this is not obvious on a casual inspection. When we list a coin as being a specimen, it is because we personally took it from a specimen set before listing it here.

Proof (abbreviated PR) coins are very nice coins found mostly issued in the double dollar black leather boxed proof sets starting in 1981, although some specialty coins did come other ways. The coins are clearly differing from the other striking qualities by being double struck from specially prepared dies so they have mirror fields and frosted images (and ultra cameo effect) and are specially handled so they go into the sets in near perfect condition as possible.

1971 50 Cent

From 1971 to 1973 the coins in the double dollar specimen sets rest on the red flocking which in most sets has deteriorated and reacted with the coins, damaging the surfaces, resulting in finding nice specimen examples from these there dates somewhat difficult.

  1. 1971 ................................... MS-63   $ 1.50
  2. 1971 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  3. 1971 ........................ cameo PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.00

1972 50 Cent

  1. 1972 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  2. 1972 ........................ cameo PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.00

1973 50 Cent

  1. 1973 ................................... MS-63   $ 1.50
  2. 1973 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  3. 1973 ........................ cameo PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.00
  4. 1973 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 2.00

1974 50 Cent

Specimen set designs were improved in 1974 so that the packaging no longer damages the coins, resulting in specimen examples becoming much easier to find that in 1971 through 1973. A variety of 1974 50 cent known as the "missing A" is sometimes found on mint state strikes. The T A designers initials normally flank the point of the reverse shield, but on this variety the A to the right is missing.

  1. 1974 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  2. 1974 ........................ cameo PROOF-LIKE   $ 4.00
  3. 1974 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 2.00
     
  4. 1974 missing S ......................... MS-62     SOLD

1975 50 Cent

  1. 1975 ................................... MS-63   $ 1.50
  2. 1975 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  3. 1975 ........................ cameo PROOF-LIKE   $ 4.00
  4. 1975 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 2.00

1976 50 Cent

Starting in 1976 it is very unusual to see proof-like strikes with any significant cameo effect.

  1. 1976 ................................... MS-63   $ 1.50
  2. 1976 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  3. 1976 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 2.00

1977 50 Cent

  1. 1977 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.50
  2. 1977 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 3.00

1978 50 Cent

1978 half dollars are seen with two varieties of jewels on the band of the small crown dividing the date on the reverse. The common square jewel (SJ) type has three rectangular jewels, with the scarcer round jewel (RJ) type has a square center jewel flanked by two rounded jewels.

  1. 1978 square jewels ..................... MS-62   $ 1.50
  2. 1978 square jewels ..................... MS-63   $ 2.00
  3. 1978 square jewels ..................... MS-64   $12.00
  4. 1978 square jewels ................ ICCS MS-65   $60.00
  5. 1978 square jewels ................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  6. 1978 square jewels .................. SPECIMEN   $ 2.00
     
  7. 1978 round jewels ...................... MS-60   $ 5.00
  8. 1978 round jewels ...................... MS-63   $ 8.00
  9. 1978 round jewels ................. ICCS MS-65   $80.00
  10. 1978 round jewels ................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 8.00

1979 50 Cent

1979 half dollars come in two bust varieties. The common type has a slightly rounded tip to the Queen's bust and if found in both circulation strikes and mint sets. The scarcer type has a pointed tip to her bust, and is only found in some mint sets.

  1. 1979 rounded bust ...................... MS-62   $ 1.50
  2. 1979 rounded bust ...................... MS-63   $ 2.00
  3. 1979 rounded bust ................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.25
  4. 1979 rounded bust ................. ICCS SP-67   $25.00
     
  5. 1979 pointed bust ................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 4.00

1980 50 Cent

  1. 1980 ................................... MS-63   $ 2.00
  2. 1980 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
  3. 1980 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 2.50

1981 50 Cent

1981 saw the introduction to Proof strike half dollars and as the double dollar proof sets were very popular and sold in large numbers, the proof coins are fairly available from 1980 on. At the same time specimen sets did not sell as well, so specimen strike half dollars become more difficult to find.

  1. 1981 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
  2. 1981 ................................... PROOF   $ 5.00

1982 50 Cent

There are two varieties of 1982 half dollars. The scarcer type found only on circulation strikes has smaller beads around the low relief (more detailed) portrait. The common type has larger beads around a higher relief (less detailed portrait) and is found in all striking types, circulation, Proof-like, Specimen and Proof. The difference between these types is fairly obvious when viewed side by side, but if looking at only one and are uncertain, look at the small jewel attached to the back of the Queen's tiara. The attachment point on the large bead is flared while on the small bead it is straight like a match stick.

  1. 1982 large bead ........................ MS-60   $ 1.00
  2. 1982 large bead ........................ MS-63   $ 2.00
  3. 1982 large bead ................... PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.25
  4. 1982 large bead ........................ PROOF   $ 3.50
     
  5. 1982 small beads ....................... MS-60   $32.00
  6. 1982 small beads ....................... MS-62   $40.00
  7. 1982 small beads ....................... MS-63   $52.50
  8. 1982 small beads .................. ICCS MS-63   $52.50
  9. 1982 small beads .................. ICCS MS-64   $80.00
  10. 1982 small beads .................. ICCS MS-65  $240.00

1983 50 Cent

  1. 1983 ................................... MS-63   $ 2.00
  2. 1983 ................................... MS-64   $ 8.00
  3. 1983 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
  4. 1983 ................................... PROOF   $ 4.00

1984 50 Cent

  1. 1984 ................................... MS-63   $ 2.00
  2. 1984 ................................... MS-64   $ 8.00
  3. 1984 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
  4. 1984 ................................... PROOF   $ 5.00

1985 50 Cent

  1. 1985 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.50
  2. 1985 ................................... PROOF   $ 5.00

Half dollars were seldom seen in circulation after the mid-1960's but were struck in fairly large numbers until 1985. Beginning in 1986 mintages were reduced and they are somewhat difficult to find, although not very expensive, although they are available in mint sets. The exceptions are 1991 and the 2002 special 50th anniversary of accession issue, which were minted in larger numbers and an attempt was made to put them into circulation, but very few actually did circulate beyond the first to second person to receive them.

1986 50 Cent

  1. 1986 ................................... MS-63   $ 2.00
  2. 1986 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
  3. 1986 ................................... PROOF   $ 5.00

1987 50 Cent

  1. 1987 ................................... MS-63   $ 2.50
  2. 1987 ................................... MS-64   $ 8.00
  3. 1987 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
  4. 1987 ................................... PROOF   $ 5.00

1988 50 Cent

  1. 1988 ................................... MS-63   $ 3.00
  2. 1988 ................................... MS-64   $ 8.00
  3. 1988 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
  4. 1988 ................................... PROOF   $ 5.50

1989 50 Cent

  1. 1989 ................................... MS-64   $ 8.00
  2. 1989 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.50
  3. 1989 ................................... PROOF   $ 5.00

1990 50 Cent

  1. 1990 ................................... MS-62   $ 4.00
  2. 1990 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.50
  3. 1990 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 3.00
  4. 1990 ................................... PROOF   $ 5.00

1991 50 Cent

  1. 1991 ................................... MS-64   $ 8.00
  2. 1991 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.00
  3. 1991 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 4.00
  4. 1991 ................................... PROOF   $ 8.00

1992 50 Cent

1992 was Canada's 125th anniversary of confederation, and all 50 cents of this year have the date shown as the double date 1867-1992.

  1. 1992 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.50
  2. 1992 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 3.00
  3. 1992 ................................... PROOF   $ 6.00

1993 50 Cent

  1. 1993 ................................... MS-60   $ 1.00
  2. 1993 ................................... MS-62   $ 1.50
  3. 1993 ................................... MS-63   $ 2.00
  4. 1993 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  5. 1993 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 2.50
  6. 1993 ................................... PROOF   $ 5.00

1994 50 Cent

One of the 1994 half dollar dies developed a small die pit inside the G of DG on the obverse inscription, resulting in a raised dot inside the G on the coin, known as the 1994 DOT variety.

  1. 1994 ................................... MS-62   $ 1.50
  2. 1994 ................................... MS-63   $ 2.00
  3. 1994 ................................... MS-64   $ 8.00
  4. 1994 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  5. 1994 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 2.00
  6. 1994 ................................... PROOF   $ 6.00
     
  7. 1994 DOT IN G .......................... MS-62   $ 2.50
  8. 1994 DOT IN G .......................... MS-64   $12.00

1995 50 Cent

A set of commemorative 50 cents was issued in 1996 with Proof quality images of birds in sterling silver, at the same standards are the 1996 and later proof half dollars.

  1. 1995 ................................... MS-60   $ 1.00
  2. 1995 ................................... MS-62   $ 1.50
  3. 1995 ................................... MS-63   $ 2.00
  4. 1995 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
  5. 1995 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 2.50
  6. 1995 ................................... PROOF   $ 6.00
  7. 1995, Atlantic Puffins.................. PROOF   $16.00
  8. 1995, Whooping Crane ................... PROOF   $16.00
  9. 1995, Gray Jays ........................ PROOF   $16.00
  10. 1995, White-tailed Ptarmigan ........... PROOF   $16.00
     
  11. 1995 Complete set the 4 above .. in case PROOF   $60.00

From 1996 to 2011 all Proof strike half dollars were struck in sterling (92.5%) silver at 9.3 grams so contain 0.276 ounces of silver. Proof-like, specimen and circulation strike coins continue to be pure nickel at 8.10 grams, until the 2001 when they change to nickel plated steel. The mint did not create a fully sealed packaging for the proof sets so silver coins in these sets often have a light golden brown toning around the edges which one should expect that on these coins in some dates, which can be fairly attractive. I will not in my listings if those coins are toned, or white.

1996 50 Cent

A set of commemorative 50 cents was issued in 1996 with Proof quality images of baby animals on the same sterling silver blanks as the regular Proof 50 cents.

  1. 1996 ................................... MS-63   $ 2.00
  2. 1996 ................................... MS-64   $ 8.00
  3. 1996 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.00
  4. 1996 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 3.50
  5. 1996 ... light golden edge toning silver PROOF   $10.00
     
  6. 1996, Moose calf ....................... PROOF   $16.00
  7. 1996, Wood Ducklings ................... PROOF   $16.00
  8. 1996, Cougar Kittens ................... PROOF   $16.00
  9. 1996, Black Bear Cubs .................. PROOF   $16.00
     
  10. 1996 Complete set the 4 above .. in case PROOF   $60.00

1997 50 Cent

In the Canadian Coin News trend sheet they list Ottawa and Winnipeg mint half dollars separately. These coins are finished identically without mint marks and cannot be differentiated once removed from the sets. An intact proof-like sets can be identified to Ottawa or Winnipeg mint by the position of the coins in the sets.

A set of Proof sterling silver commemorative 50 cents was issued in 1997 depicting dogs.

  1. 1997 ................................... MS-60   $ 1.00
  2. 1997 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  3. 1997 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 2.00
  4. 1997 ... light golden edge toning silver PROOF   $10.00
  5. 1997 ...................... white silver PROOF   $10.00
     
  6. 1997, Newfoundland ..................... PROOF   $16.00
  7. 1997, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever PROOF   $16.00
  8. 1997, Labrador Retriever ............... PROOF   $16.00
  9. 1997, Canadian Eskimo Dog .............. PROOF   $16.00
     
  10. 1997 Complete set the 4 above .. in case PROOF   $60.00

1998 50 Cent

In 1998, the Mint put a "W" mint mark below the Queen's head on coins minted at Winnipeg, although those were all in proof-like sets. Later in the years the minting of these sets was moved back to Ottawa where no mint mark was used. Thus proof-like 50 cents are found both with and without the "W" mint mark. All circulation (MS), specimen and proof coins were without mint mark. The finish on 1998 proof-like coins returns to high luster finish, while specimen coins retain the slightly matte finish fields with high lustre designs that first appeared in 1996.

A set of Proof sterling silver commemorative 50 cents was issued in 1998 depicting whales, as well as another set depicting sports events.

  1. 1998 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.50
  2. 1998 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 3.00
  3. 1998 ... light golden edge toning silver PROOF   $12.50
  4. 1998 ...................... white silver PROOF   $12.50
     
  5. 1998 W ............................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.00
     
  6. 1998, Killer Whale ..................... PROOF   $16.00
  7. 1998, Humpback Whale ................... PROOF   $16.00
  8. 1998, Beluga Whale ..................... PROOF   $16.00
  9. 1998, Blue Whale ....................... PROOF   $16.00
     
  10. 1998 Complete set the 4 above .. in case PROOF   $60.00
     
  11. 1998, First amateur figure skating champ PROOF   $16.00
  12. 1998, First Can ski run/jump champ. .... PROOF   $16.00
  13. 1998, First overseas Can. soccer tour .. PROOF   $16.00
  14. 1998, Gilles Villeneaue Grand Prix Vict. PROOF     SOLD

1998 COMMEMORATIVE 50 Cent

To commemorate the Royal Canadian Mint's 90th anniversary, special mint sets were struck with the sizes, alloys, and general reverse designs of the 1908 coins, but with Queen Elizabeth's portrait and the date shown as "1908 - 1998". The early sets were struck with an antiqued matte-proof finish that proved unpopular and are now the scarer type. The later sets have a mirror proof finish.

  1. 1908-1998 ........................ MATTE-PROOF     SOLD
  2. 1908-1998 ....................... MIRROR-PROOF     SOLD

1999 50 Cent

A set of Proof sterling silver commemorative 50 cents depicting cats was issued in 1999 and is the most popular and difficult to find of the animal series. An additional silver proof 50 cents set was issued commemorating sporting events.

  1. 1999 ................................... MS-62   $ 1.50
  2. 1999 ................................... MS-63   $ 2.00
  3. 1999 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
  4. 1999 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 2.50
  5. 1999 ... light golden edge toning silver PROOF   $12.50
  6. 1999 ...................... white silver PROOF   $12.50
     
  7. 1999, Tonkinese ........................ PROOF     SOLD
  8. 1999, Lynx ............................. PROOF     SOLD
  9. 1999, Cymric ........................... PROOF     SOLD
  10. 1999, Cougar ........................... PROOF     SOLD
     
  11. 1999 Complete set the 4 above .. in case PROOF     SOLD
     
  12. 1999, First Canadian open golf champ. .. PROOF   $16.00
  13. 1999, First Can./US yacht race ......... PROOF     SOLD
  14. 1999, First Grey Cup football .......... PROOF     SOLD
  15. 1999, Invention of Basketball .......... PROOF     SOLD

1999 P TEST 50 Cent

In 1999, as a cost saving measure, the Canadian Mint made plans to strike 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 cent coins on blanks that had steel cored that were nickel plated, then copper plated and then for all denominations other than the 1 cent, nickel plated again. A "P" was placed below the Queen's portrait indicating they are on plated steel blanks. 1999 "P" coins are test tokens to be sent to vending machine companies for calibrate purposes so their machines would accept the new coins as they came out over the next few years, and those companies were supposed to return them to the mint. Some ended up on the market at very high prices, so the mint got in on the action and sold about 20,000 sets of them to collectors at much lower prices.

Packaged very similarly to Proof-like sets, their exact status is unclear and some including myself tends to call them Proof-likes, but others including ICCS calls them Mint State. Considering that at a mintage of only 20,000, they are almost as rare as a 1948 dollar so remarkably inexpensive.

  1. 1999 P ............................ PROOF-LIKE   $15.00

2000 50 Cent

All 2000 half dollars in MS, PL and Specimen were intended to be on pure nickel blanks so do not have the P for plated on them, although there are some with a W for Winnipeg. A small number of 2000 half dollars with the "P" were struck and accidental released mounted in mint issued souvenir clocks, but are very rare and seldom offered for sale.

The final set of the Proof sterling silver animal 50 cents was issued in 2000 depicting birds of prey. The last of the 4 coin sets of silver Sports commemorative 50 cents was issued in 2000.

  1. 2000 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
  2. 2000 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 2.50
  3. 2000 ... golden brown edge toning silver PROOF   $15.00
  4. 2000 ...................... white silver PROOF   $15.00
     
  5. 2000 W ............................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
     
  6. 2000, Bald Eagle ....................... PROOF   $16.00
  7. 2000, Osprey ........................... PROOF   $16.00
  8. 2000, Great Horned Owl ................. PROOF   $16.00
  9. 2000, Red-Tailed Hawk .................. PROOF   $16.00
     
  10. 2000 Complete set the 4 above .. in case PROOF   $60.00
     
  11. 2000, First recorded hockey game ....... PROOF     SOLD
  12. 2000, Introduction of curling to N. Amer PROOF     SOLD
  13. 2000, First Steeplechase race in Br.N.AM PROOF     SOLD
  14. 2000, Birth of 5 pin bowling league .... PROOF     SOLD

2001 50 Cent

The first circulation strike "P" half dollars on plated steel blanks were struck in 2001. Starting in 2001 and going through to 2003 a series of silver proof half dollars were struck commemorating festivals, four coins per year.

  1. 2001 ... golden brown edge toning silver PROOF   $15.00
     
  2. 2001 P ................................. MS-62   $ 1.50
  3. 2001 P ............................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
  4. 2001 P .............................. SPECIMEN   $ 2.50
     
  5. 2001, Quebec Winter Carnival ........... PROOF   $16.00
  6. 2001, NFLD and Lab. Folk Festival ...... PROOF   $16.00
  7. 2001, PEI Festival of Fathers .......... PROOF   $16.00
  8. 2001, Nunavut Toonik Tyme .............. PROOF     SOLD

2002 50 Cent

Two half dollars were struck in 2002, which to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's ascension are doubled dated as 1952 - 2002, with all other than silver proof's with the P below the Queen's portrait.

Circulation (MS) coins known as the "Ascension" type show the Queen as she was depicted on here 1953 coronation medals with a crowned "E II R CANADA" to the left and "D G REGINA" to the right. The date is below the Canadian arms on the reverse. Large numbers were put into circulation through post offices and Hudson Bay stores, making them the last circulating Canadian half dollar, although few circulated through more than 1 set of hands. Sterling silver proofs of this type exist in some specialty proof sets but are difficult to find. Circulation strikes have a high lustre finish and look Proof-likes while some were issued in special 5 and 10 coin packs and probably should be described as proof-like as per Charlton listing while the CCN trend sheet does not.

The examples in the normal Proof-like, specimen and silver Proof sets have the usual crowned portrait with the date to the lower left of the portrait rather than the reverse. The Canadian Coin News trend sheet listing for these only in MS but I believe that is an error and they are not found as MS.

The mint began issuing a wide variety of special commemorative half dollars in 2002, which I sometimes have available and will list when available. Most came in thick custom boxes that are expensive so ship as they will not fit in a standard mailer, so extra postage may apply if you need them in the original box.

  1. 2002 P date below arms ................. MS-62   $ 1.50
  2. 2002 P date below arms ................. MS-63   $ 2.00
  3. 2002 P date below arms .............. .. MS-64   $ 6.50
  4. 2002 P date below arms ............ PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.00
     
  5. 2002 dates below head...... white silver PROOF   $12.50
     
  6. 2002 P dates below head ........... PROOF-LIKE   $ 8.00
  7. 2002 P dates below head ............. SPECIMEN   $ 8.00
     
  8. 2002, Annapolis Valley Blossom festival, PROOF   $16.00
  9. 2002, Stratford Festival of Canada ..... PROOF   $16.00
  10. 2002, Folklorama (Manitoba) ............ PROOF   $16.00
  11. 2002, Calgary Stampede ................. PROOF   $16.00

2003 50 Cent

2003 saw a return to the standard half dollar designs. No 2003 50 cents were issued for circulation and no MS examples were sold in rolls, so 2003 half dollars are only available from mint sets as proof-like, specimen and silver proof. Most examples have the P for plated and the crowned effigy of the Queen used in previous years and are found in all three types of sets. A second type was issued only in Proof-like sets minted at Winnipeg, depicting the new effigy of the Queen without a crown, with both the P for plated and the W for Winnipeg below, and are the only series of coins (1 cent through $2.00 exist) issued where the W and P together on a coin. The final set of four Canadian festival silver proof half dollars were also issued in 2003.

  1. 2003 Old effigy crowned ......... silver PROOF     SOLD
     
  2. 2003 P Old effigy crowned ......... PROOF-LIKE   $ 8.00
     
  3. 2003 P Old effigy crowned ........... SPECIMEN     SOLD
     
  4. 2003 W P New effigy uncrowned ..... PROOF-LIKE   $ 8.00
     
  5. 2003, Yukon Festival ................... PROOF   $16.00
  6. 2003, Back to Batoche (Saskatchewan) ... PROOF     SOLD
  7. 2003, Great Northern Art Fest., Inuvik . PROOF     SOLD
  8. 2003, Festival Acadien de Caraquet (NB), PROOF     SOLD

2004 50 Cent

No 2004 50 cents were issued as MS in rolls, so are only available proof-like, specimen and proof sets. All but the silver proof coins are marked with the P, and all have the new uncrowned effigy of the Queen introduced in 2003 (as do all dates after 2004).

  1. 2004 ............................ silver PROOF     SOLD
     
  2. 2004 P ............................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.00

2005 50 Cent

In 2005 Mint state examples were again issued in bank rolls, although no rolls were actually issued through banks and you had to order them from the mint, so they were issued in MS, specimen, proof-like and silver proof, with all but the silver proofs still baring the P below the Queen's bust.

  1. 2005 ... golden brown edge toning silver PROOF   $15.00
  2. 2005 ...................... white silver PROOF   $15.00
     
  3. 2005 P ............................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 4.00
  4. 2005 P .............................. SPECIMEN   $ 4.00
  5. 2005 P ............................ ICCS MS-66   $40.00

2006 50 Cent

In early 2006 all half dollars other than silver proofs have the "P" for plated and are found in circulation strikes (bank rolls), proof-like, specimen and proof sets. As no 50 cents other than silver proofs had been issued other than on plated blanks since 2001, it was decided the "P" for plated was no longer required but to balance the design a stylized maple leaf mint logo was placed in the same position. The logo does not mean plated because in later years it was also placed on some silver issues. No 2006 half dollars with the mint logo were issued in bank rolls circulation strikes and seem to only be available in the special edition proof-like sets of which the mintage is fairly small although I have not yet found the number. A special silver proof half dollar with a gold plated reverse was also issued in the covers of 2006 mint reports.

  1. 2006 ............................ silver PROOF   $15.00
     
  2. 2006 P ................................. MS-62   $ 3.00
  3. 2006 P ................................. MS-63   $ 4.00
  4. 2006 P ................................. MS-64   $ 8.00
  5. 2006 P ............................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 4.00
  6. 2006 P .............................. SPECIMAN   $ 4.50
     
  7. 2006 LOGO ......................... PROOF-LIKE   $10.00
     
  8. 2006 mint report gilt reverse ... silver PROOF     SOLD

Starting in 2007 all half dollars have the stylized mint logo, but are still on plated blanks other than for the solid sterling silver Proofs. Limited numbers of circulation strike (MS) examples were issued in bank rolls every year after this, but no rolls were sent to banks but rather had to be ordered through the mint.

2007 50 Cent

  1. 2007 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.00
  2. 2007 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 4.00

2008 50 Cent

  1. 2008 ................................... MS-63   $ 3.00
  2. 2008 ................................... MS-64   $ 6.50
  3. 2008 .............................. ICCS MS-67   $77.50
  4. 2008 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.00
  5. 2008 ............................ silver PROOF   $15.00
     

2009 50 Cent

  1. 2009 ................................... MS-63   $ 3.00
  2. 2009 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.00
  3. 2009 ............................ silver PROOF     SOLD

2010 50 Cent

  1. 2010 ................................... MS-64   $ 6.50
  2. 2010 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 8.00
  3. 2010 ............................ silver PROOF     SOLD


In 2011 the mint stopped making intentionally superior quality coins for Proof-like (standard) mint sets, rather using normal MS coins that had not gone through all of the mint handling processes rolled coins go through. With is no way to differentiate between MS-63 or better coins from a set vrs bank rolls, they should be priced the same with the prices reflecting how earlier dates from sets are priced. When available I will price the standard 50 cent types here at MS-63 @ $2.00. MS-64 @ $6.50. MS-65 @ $10.00. Specimen sets are still produced with frosted backgrounds and mirror designs and should be priced slightly higher than the PL listings.

2011 50 Cent

  1. 2011 ................................... MS-64   $ 6.50
     
  2. 2011 Winnipeg Jets .................. from Set   $12.00

2012 50 Cent

  1. 2012 ................................... MS-64     SOLD
  2. 2012 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 8.00

2013 50 Cent

  1. 2013 ................................... MS-64     SOLD
  2. 2013 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 8.00

2014 50 Cent

  1. 2014 ................................... MS-64     SOLD

2015 50 Cent

  1. 2015 ................................... MS-64     SOLD
  2. 2015 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 8.00
  3. 2015 ............................ silver PROOF   $12.00

2014 50 Cent

  1. 2016 ................................... MS-65     SOLD
  2. 2016 ................................ SPECIMEN     SOLD

2008 MILK TOKEN 50 Cent

A very strange 50 cent coin was struck to commemorate milk delivery in Canada. On a triangular sterling silver blank with a Queen's head obverse, and milk bottle and cow's head reverse, they made it even stranger by covering the reverse with a layer of clear green enamel. These are only in Proof quality. The example we offer below is in a standard 2x2, not the original box of issue although that is available if you pay the extra postage (about $10.00 extra).

  1. 2008 Milk delivery commemorative ....... PROOF     SOLD

Please note that up to 2011 when I describe a coin to be Proof-like (PL) I mean a coin from a mint set, intestinally struck to a higher quality than normal, but worth less than a MS (Mint State) coin from a bank roll in the same grade. They are fairly easily differentiated by their strike and luster. ICCS and some references call such coins "NON-CIRCULATING NUMISMATIC MINT STATE" which I feel will cause confusion in beginning collectors. Starting in 2012 the mint stopped making intentionally nicer coins for the standard sets and the coins are all simply MS (mint state) except for specimen and proof examples.


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