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Calgary Coin offers an extensive selection of Canadian 25 cent coins for sale on the internet and in my store here in Calgary. I usually have most dates available in a variety of grades and prices for collectors at all levels, usually priced at a discount from the Canadian Coin News trend sheet price guide.

I normally do not provide images my coins as I have thousands of coins, sometimes multiples of the same coin. Imaging even a tiny percent of them would be impossible and putting that many images on my web pages would make them difficult to download, plus for inexpensive coins the value to the time to create the images would far exceed the value of the coins. I grade conservatively, describing any significant defects, including minor ones many dealers would not mention. If you ever receive a coin from me that you are not satisfied with, please feel free to return it for a full refund.

For those unfamiliar with the grade (quality) descriptions preceding each price, they are discussed on my Canadian Coin Introduction Page.

Prices are in Canadian Dollars

SHORT CUTS TO SECTIONS

Victoria 20 cents, 1858
Victoria 25 cents, 1858-1901
Edward VII, 1902-1910
George V, 1911-1936
George VI, 1937-1952
Elizabeth, 1953-1989
Elizabeth, 1990-2012

QUEEN VICTORIA
1837 TO 1901

PROVINCE OF CANADA 20 CENT, 1858 only

Young Head

1858 canada 20 cent
(image of type only)

Prior Canadian Confederation, in 1858 the British government issued coins including 20 cent pieces for use in their Province of Canada. These coins were the proto-type of the Canadian 25 cent coins (often called quarters) after Confederation in 1870, collectors of Canadian decimal coins usually include them in their collections. The image above shows only the type, and is not an exact coin currently for sale here.

There are a number of minor varieties of this type, but the only two significant ones are in how the 5 of 1858 is depicted. On normal ones, the 5 is quite naturally shaped and usually fairly strong on the coin. But on some of them the 5 deteriorated and had to be re-engraved, resulting in bits of extra metal mostly along the back of the 5 and the 5 usually weaker than the other digits.

1858 20 cent

  1. 1858 plain 5 ............ mid toned ICCS XF-45     SOLD


CANADA 25 CENT

Mature Head, 1870 to 1901

1872 canada 25 cent
(image of type only)

In recent years the value of silver has risen dramatically and this significantly affects the base price at which I can offer silver quarters. At the time I am writing this silver is about $21.75 per ounce (Canadian funds). From 1870 to 1919 Canada quarters are struck to a standard of 5.81 grams of 92.5% (sterling) silver so at currently have about $3.75 worth of silver in them. From 1920 to 1966 there were struck to a standard of 5.83 grams of 80% silver so currently have about $3.26 worth of silver. 1967 and 1968 quarters are slightly less. Considering the time and costs involved in listing, processing orders and arranging shipping the base price at which I can afford to list even the commonest dates of between 1870 and 1919 is $5.50 (generally not a problem for dates before 1908) and between 1920 and 1967 is $5.00. Examples worth less than that I send out to recover the silver. These base prices will change as the price of silver changes and I will make adjustments as I update this page.

1870 25 cent

1870 25 cents are known for both obverse 1 and obverse 2, but the obverse 2 examples are extremely rare and unless other wise noted below, the examples listed are all obverse 1. There are a few way's to differentiate the two even on worn coins. On obverse 1 Victoria's eye ball is very rounded, and front tip of Victoria's neck line ends right above the left edge of the C in Canada, and a line draw along the base of her ear lob will intersect the V in Victoria. On obverse 2 her eye ball is only slightly rounded, the tip of her neck line ends slightly before the C, and a line drawn along the base of her ear lob will intersect the I in Victoria.

It is very common for 1870 quarters to be somewhat weakly struck and the weakness can occur on either side. I will mention this weakness when it occurs on coins I offer.

  1. 1870 ........................ toned ICCS AU-55  $665.00

1871 25 cent

1871 25 cents are found with obverse 1 and 2, which can be differentiated as explained in above in the 1870 listing, with obverse 1 much scarcer than obverse 2.

  1. 1871 Obverse 1 .......................... VG-8     SOLD
     
  2. 1871 Obverse 2 ......................... VF-20     SOLD

1872 H 25 cent

All 1872 H 25 cents all seem to be obverse 2 with the reports of obverse 1 examples being unsubstantiated. Charlton lists some minor variety of small and large 2's, and 7/7's. The 7/7 had distinct doubling at the base of the 7. The varieties in the 2 are not obvious and in a group I recently examined I noticed more than two variations in the size and position of the 2's and I do not believe they are important enough to sort out.

  1. 1872 H obverse 2 .................. ICCS VF-20   $57.60

No Canadian 25 cents were struck in 1873

1874 H 25 cent

  1. 1874 H .............................. G-4/aG-3     SOLD

1875 H 25 cent

  1. 1875H blunt 5 ........................... G-6     SOLD

No Canadian 25 cents were struck in 1876 to 1879.

1880 H 25 cent

Two major varieties exist for the 1880 H quarter, which are the narrow and wide 0 in the date. The narrow 0 has a much thinner opening in the middle. A sub-variety exists with what is called a narrow over wide, and while I have never actually handled one of these, the photograph of one in the Charlton Standard Catalogue gives me the impression it is a narrow 0 with die deterioration on the right edge of both the 0 and the 2 nd 8 (when I get to put one under a microscope I will confirm this one way or the other).

On 1880 quarters most examples have the stem on the maple leaf just above the ribbon on the right either missing or extremely weak. On the obverse the bottom of the G in GRATIA is missing. This is normal in 1880 but only 1880. There is a series of fake Victorian quarters of many dates made in China sometime around 2010 (give or take a few years) which share these features. It appears they manufactured a false die hub from an 1880, than used that to make dies of other dates. In the Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian Coins, 2015 edition pages 293 to 312 there is an article dicussing fake Victorian quarters, listing the missing stem as a key diagnostic for spotting the fakes, without noting all genuine 1880 H quarters have the same feature. This will cause confusion unless you are aware of this.

  1. 1880 H narrow 0 .......................... G-6     SOLD
     
  2. 1880 H narrow 0/wide 0 .............. CCCS G-4     SOLD
     
  3. 1880 H wide 0 ........................... aG-3     SOLD

1881 H 25 cent

  1. 1881 H ............................. ICCS F-15  $117.50
  2. 1881 H ............ very lightly cleaned VF-30  $210.00

1882 H 25 cent

  1. 1882 H ................................... G-6     SOLD

1883 H 25 cent

  1. 1883 H ......................... cleaned VF-30  $150.00

No Canadian 25 cents were struck in 1884

1885 25 cent

The 5 on the 1885 is found with either a curved top and straight top. Some curved top example show evidence of a 5/5 re-punch.

  1. 1885 curved top 5 .................. ICCS F-12     SOLD

1886 25 cent

1886 Canadian quarters have many varieties starting with obverse's 2, 4 and 5, normal and small 6's, short (SBE) and long (LBE) bough ends, two types of 6/6 and a 6/7 variety that is sometimes referred to as 6/3 on older. Once you understand them they are not that difficult to sort out, but it helps to use the images in the Charlton Standard Catalogue for comparison.

  1. 1886 obv. 2, SBE normal 6 ... ICCS cleaned G-6     SOLD
     
  2. 1886 obv. 4, SBE normal 6 ......... ICCS VG-10     SOLD
     
  3. 1886 obv. 5, SBE normal 6 .... toned ICCS F-12     SOLD
     
  4. 1886/7 obv. 5, LBE ...... light scratches VG-8     SOLD

1887 25 cent

  1. 1887 .......................... marks ICCS G-6     SOLD

1888 25 cent

The difference between the 1888 narrow and wide 8 varieties is not obvious but if you look inside the 8's, on the wide 8's the hole in the loop on the bottom of all three 8's is more rounded (not quite round but close), while on the narrow 8's it is distinctly oval. In grades below VG-8 making this determination is generally not 100% certain but I do the best I can.

  1. 1888 narrow 8's .......................... G-4     SOLD
     
  2. 1888 wide 8's ........................... aG-3     SOLD

1889 25 cent

The easiest way to tell the open from closed 9 on the 1889 quarter is by the inside comma shaped opening at the bottom off the 9, which the opening is much larger on the closed 9. However you need to see a few examples side by side, or the images in the Charlton Standard Catalogue to fully understand the difference. There is no price difference between the two varieties and many collectors do not care which ones they get. With a mintage of just over 66,000, the 1889 is the lowest mintage of all Victorian quarters.

  1. 1889 ....... clear date ................. aG-3     SOLD
     
  2. 1889 open 9 ........................ ICCS F-15     SOLD
     
  3. 1889 closed 9 ........................... F-12     SOLD

1890 25 cent

  1. 1890 H .................................. aG-3   $12.00

1891 25 cent

  1. 1891 ................................ ICCS G-4     SOLD

1892 25 cent

  1. 1892 ......................... light marks G-6     SOLD

1893 25 cent

  1. 1893 ..................................... G-4     SOLD

1894 25 cent

  1. 1894 .................................... aG-3     SOLD

No Canadian 25 cents were struck from 1895 through 1898

1899 25 cent

  1. 1899 ..................................... G-6     SOLD

1900

  1. 1900 ................................ G-4/aG-3   $ 7.25
  2. 1900 ................................ G-6/aG-3   $ 7.50
  3. 1900 .............................. ICCS VF-30  $100.00
  4. 1900 ........................... cleaned XF-40  $120.00
  5. 1900 .............................. ICCS AU-50  $300.00
  6. 1900 ........................... cleaned AU-55  $310.00

1901 25 cent

  1. 1901 .............................. toned VG-8     SOLD


EDWARD VII
1902 TO 1910

1902 H canada 25 cent
(image of type only)

1902 25 cent

  1. 1902 ..................................... G-4     SOLD

1902 H 25 cent

  1. 1902 H ................................... G-4     SOLD

1903 25 cent

  1. 1903 .. very nice tone . NGC 4491139-002 AU-58  $850.00

1904 25 cent

  1. 1904 ..................................... G-4     SOLD

1905 25 cent

  1. 1905 ..................................... G-4   $12.00

1906 25 cent

1906 quarters are found in two varieties defined by the size of the crown above the 25 on the reverse. The best way I have found to differentiate them is by the size of the crown relative to the 25. On the small crown (rare) the crown is slightly narrower than the 25, while in the large crown (common) the crown and 25 are about the same width. This difference is visible in any grade. The rarer small crown type is normally encountered in aG-3 to G-6 and examples above VG-8 are rarely seen.

  1. 1906 large crown ......................... G-4   $ 9.00
     
  2. 1906 small crown .................... ICCS G-4     SOLD

1907 25 cent

  1. 1907 .................................... VG-8   $10.50

With the opening of the Royal Canadian Mint at Ottawa in 1908 all Canadian coins are now minted in Canada. The designs and specification remain the same except all coins are struck with the medal die axis previously only used for one cents. Coinage axis means if you place your fingers above and below the portrait and spin the coin side to side, the reverse comes out upside down. Medal axis means it comes out right side up.

1908 25 cent

  1. 1908 ................................ G-4/aG-3   $12.00
  2. 1908 ..................................... G-4   $16.00

1909 25 cent

  1. 1909 ..................................... G-4   $ 9.75
  2. 1909 ........................... cleaned XF-40  $180.00

1910 25 cent

  1. 1910 ..................................... G-6     SOLD


GEORGE V
1911 TO 1936

Many George V quarters have a weak area on the CA in CANADA due to excessive wear to that point on the dies. While they exist in all dates, for many dates examples with a strong CA can be difficult to find and they command prices higher than the typical weak ones. The prices in the Canadian Coin News trend sheet are for typical weak ones.

For examples where the CA is nearly gone I will describe them as having a weak reverse. When the CA completely gone, which is common on coins in VG or lower, I will split grade them by grading the coin for the obverse and then giving a second grade for the very weak reverse (such as VG-8/G-4), more better describes the coin and I will price them accordingly lower than a normal VG-8.

1911 25 cent

George V coins were introduced in 1911 with "DEI GRATIA", Latin for "God's Grace", omitted from the obverse inscription. Known as the "GODLESS COINS" there was a public outrage over them.

  1. 1911 Godless ................ dark toned VF-20     SOLD
1917 canada 25 cent
(image of type only)

1912 25 cent

In 1912 "DEI GRATIA" returned to obverse inscription of all Canadian coins.

  1. 1912 .................................... VG-8     SOLD

1913 25 cent

  1. 1913 .................................... VG-8   $ 9.00

1914 25 cent

  1. 1914 ..................................... G-6   $ 7.25

1915 25 cent

  1. 1915 ..................................... G-6     SOLD

1916 25 cent

  1. 1916 ................................... VF-30     SOLD

1917 25 cent

  1. 1917 .................................... F-15     SOLD

1918 25 cent

  1. 1918 ................................... VG-10   $ 7.25

1919 25 cent

  1. 1919 ................................... VG-10   $ 7.50
  2. 1919 .................................... F-15   $10.00

1920 25 cent

  1. 1920 .................................... VG-8     SOLD

1921 25 cent

  1. 1921 ................................ G-6/aG-3   $ 8.00
  2. 1921 ................................ G-6/aG-4   $10.00
  3. 1921 ................................ mark G-6   $12.00
  4. 1921 ............................... toned G-6   $12.75
  5. 1921 ..................................... G-6   $12.75
  6. 1921 ...................... strong reverse G-6   $13.00

No Canadian 25 cents were struck in from 1922 to 1926 with both 1921 and 1927 being scarcer than average. Between 1917 and 1920 there were large mintages resulting in a large supply of coins already in circulation by 1920. In 1920 and 1921 Canada suffered a deep depression followed by several years of recession in much of Canada so there was low demand for coins. With enough coins in circulation to supply Canada's needs, the mint stopped striking 10, 25 and 50 cent coins for a number of years, and reduced minting 1 and 5 cent coins. Minting of 25 cents resumed in 1927 and they have been made every year since then, although mintages were low during the depression years of 1930 to 1935.

1927 25 cent

  1. 1927 ..................................... G-6     SOLD

1928 25 cent

  1. 1928 ....................... weak reverse F-12     SOLD

1929 25 cent

  1. 1929 .................................... VG-8   $ 6.50

1930 25 cent

  1. 1930 ....................... weak reverse VG-8   $ 6.50
  2. 1930 .................................... VG-8   $ 6.75

1931 25 cent

  1. 1931 .................................... VG-8     SOLD

1932 25 cent

  1. 1932 ....................... light toned VF-20   $28.75

1933 25 cent

  1. 1933 .................................... VG-8   $ 6.50

1934 25 cent

  1. 1934 .................................... VG-8   $ 6.50
  2. 1934 .............................. ICCS AU-55  $240.00

1935 25 cent

  1. 1935 .................................... VG-8   $ 6.50
  2. 1935 ...................... weak reverse VG-10   $ 6.50
  3. 1935 .................................... F-15   $22.00
  4. 1935 ...................... ICCS cleaned AU-50   $92.50
1936 bar canada 25 cent

A die break between the ribbons of the reverse is found on some 1936 quarters creating the bar variety which is found on both regular and 1936 dot quarters. The die break varies in length and width, showing it occured on multiple dies however only examples with a strong clear die break are considered to be the bar variety. I have seen weak die breaks in the same position on some earlier dates.

1936 25 cent

  1. 1936 .................................... VG-8   $ 6.50
  2. 1936 ................................... VG-10   $ 7.25
  3. 1936 .............. strong reverse ..... VG-10   $ 7.75
  4. 1936 ................ weak reverse ...... F-12   $ 8.00
  5. 1936 .................................... F-15   $10.00
     
  6. 1936 BAR .......... strong bar ..... VG-8/aG-4     SOLD

Edward VIII accessioned as King in 1936 and preparations to strike 1937 coins with his image were made. When he abdicated in December of 1936, making George VI king, the Edward VIII dies could not be used and completely new dies had to be produced. The masters from which dies were made had to be prepared in England but without enough time, and having to do them for the entire British Commonwealth, they could not be ready when new coins were needed in 1937. As commonweath rules said 1937 coin could only be struck with George V, early in 1937 Canada struck 1, 10 and 25 cent coins dated 1936 using the portrait of George V but a small dot was placed below the date indicating struck in 1937. Only the 1936 dot quarters were actually issued and are now available to the average collector. While many 1936 dot 1 and 10 cent coins were struck in abundance, all circulation strikes were destroyed when the new dies for the 1937 designs arrived. The few 1 and 10 coins that now exist are specimen strikes clouded in controversy as none were known prior to the mid 1940's when they suddenly appeared in the hands of a single collector and the mint master. It is certain they were made at the Royal Canadian Mint and are not simply fakes, but when they were made is uncertain.

1936 DOT 25 cent

1936 dot quarters normally seen with the CA of CANADA very weak due to excessive wear, and are priced in CCN assuming that is the came. Examples with a strong CA are fairly rare and command higher prices.

  1. 1936 DOT ................................ VG-8   $38.00
     
  2. 1936 Dot BAR ........................... VF-20     SOLD


GEORGE VI
1937 to 1952

1947 maple leaf canada 25 cent
(image of 1937 to 1947 type only)

1937 25 cent

  1. 1937 .................................... F-15   $ 6.50

1938 25 cent

  1. 1938 .................................... F-12   $ 7.50
  2. 1938 .................................... F-15   $ 9.00
  3. 1938 ................................... VF-20   $10.50
  4. 1938 ................................... VF-30   $14.50

1939 25 cent

  1. 1939 .................................... F-12   $ 6.50
  2. 1939 .................................... F-15   $ 7.75
  3. 1939 ................................... VF-20   $ 9.00
  4. 1939 ................................... VF-30   $11.00
  5. 1939 ................................... XF-40   $13.00
  6. 1939 ................................... XF-45   $18.50

1940 25 cent

  1. 1940 ................................... VF-20   $ 6.50
  2. 1940 ................................... VF-30   $ 7.25
  3. 1940 ............ die break in antlers . VF-30   $ 7.25
  4. 1940 ........................ toned area XF-40   $ 8.00
  5. 1940 ................................... XF-40   $ 8.00
  6. 1940 ................................... XF-45   $ 9.00

1941 25 cent

  1. 1941 ................................... VF-20   $ 6.50
  2. 1941 ................................... VF-30   $ 7.50
  3. 1941 ................................... XF-40   $ 8.00
  4. 1941 ................................... XF-45   $ 9.00
  5. 1941 ........................ blue toned AU-50   $10.00

1942 25 cent

  1. 1942 ................................... VF-20   $ 6.50
  2. 1942 ................................... VF-30   $ 7.25
  3. 1942 ................................... XF-40   $ 8.00
  4. 1942 ................................... XF-45   $ 9.50
  5. 1942 .............................. ICCS AU-55   $16.00
  6. 1942 ................................... MS-60   $24.00

1943 25 cent

  1. 1943 ................................... VF-20   $ 6.50
  2. 1943 ................................... VF-30   $ 7.25
  3. 1943 ................................... XF-40   $ 8.00
  4. 1943 ................................... XF-45   $ 9.00
  5. 1943 ................................... AU-50   $10.00
  6. 1943 ................................... AU-55   $16.00
  7. 1943 ................................... MS-60   $22.50
  8. 1943 ................................... MS-62   $28.00
  9. 1943 ................................... MS-63   $45.00
  10. 1943 ........................ light tone MS-63   $45.00
     

1944 25 cent

  1. 1944 ................................... VF-30   $ 8.50
  2. 1944 ................................... XF-40   $10.00
  3. 1944 ............................. toned XF-40   $10.00
  4. 1944 ................................... XF-45   $12.00
  5. 1944 ................................... AU-55   $21.00
  6. 1944 ........................ blue toned AU-55   $21.00
  7. 1944 ................................... MS-62   $40.00
  8. 1944 ................................... MS-63   $56.00

Canadian 25 cents from 1945 to 1962 are mostly very common coins but most examples that come in are worn and only worth the value of the silver they contain, not enough to justify the time and trouble to package and list them here. I usually have a good selection of the higher quality more expensive examples, but for many dates I nearly always sold out of the upper middle grades that are of enough value to list, but not too expensive. Once you get to 1963 the coins become very common in even high grades because there are a lot of original rolls around, so very nice examples are available inexpensively.

1945 25 cent

The mintage of 1945 quarters at just over 5,000,000 is not particularly low but recently I have noticed I am having difficulty finding examples in the VF-30 to MS-60 range that are worth enough to catalogue, but not overly expensive for the average collector. I have no idea why they are proving difficult but it suggest a lower than average survival rate.

  1. 1945 ................................... MS-63     SOLD

1946 25 cent

  1. 1946 ................................... VF-20     SOLD

1947 25 cent

There is a variety of the 1947 quarter with a very small dot behind the 7 which results from a deteriorating die. This variety is popular with collectors because the dot is in a similar position as the maple leaf on the 1947 ML quarters (discussed below). Note that on examples grading below Fine the dot might be difficult to see without good magnification. Many people see a maple leaf and think it is the dot, but the dot is much smaller and for most people is they can see it with the naked eye it probably is not the dot type.

  1. 1947 ................................... VF-20     SOLD
     
  2. 1947 dot ................................ F-15     SOLD

India received its independence on August 14, 1947 requiring that IND IMP (India's Emperor) be removed from all British Commonwealth coins dated 1948 or newer. A problem similar to that in 1937 when Edward the VIII abdicated, the new obverse designs for coins all over the British Commonwealth had to be prepared at the Royal Mint in England. Those for Canada were not ready at the beginning of 1948 and coins were needed, so early in 1948 coins were struck dated 1947 so that the IND IMP design could still be used but a small maple leaf was placed after the date indicating minted in 1948.

1947 MAPLE LEAF 25 cent

  1. 1947 maple leaf ........................ VF-20     SOLD

1948 to 1952 INSCRIPTIONS

1950 canada 25 cent
(image of 1948 to 1952 type only)

When the new designs arrived in 1948 with IND IMP (India's Emperor) removed, the entire inscription now reads GEORGIVS VI DEI GRATIA REX (George VI By The Grace of God King) and was used until 1952.

1948 25 cent

  1. 1948 ................................... VF-20   $ 8.00
  2. 1948 ................................... VF-30   $12.00

1949 25 cent

  1. 1949 ............................. toned AU-50   $ 9.75

1950 25 cent

  1. 1950 ................................... XF-40   $ 8.00
  2. 1950 ................................... XF-45   $ 9.00
  3. 1950 ................................... AU-50   $10.00

1951 25 cent

1951 quarters are found with high and low relief varieties which can be identified by how final A in GRATIA points at a denticle on high relieve examples, and between two denticles on low relief examples. All circulation strikes issued in bank rolls are high relief so common. Low relief examples are only found in some mint sets with Proof-like strikes and are scarce. The two obverse design likely are part of the high vs low relief redesign for nickels to accomodate the steel blanks introduced that year. There is obvious reason to have done so on quarters as they are on the same silver allows as previous years.

  1. 1951 high relief ....................... XF-40     SOLD

1952 25 cent

1952 quarters also occure with high and low relieve with both types were issued for circulation.

  1. 1952 low relief ........................ VF-20     SOLD
     
  2. 1952 high relief .................. ICCS MS-62     SOLD


ELIZABETH II
1953 to present

Young Head Series

1950 canada 25 cent
(image of 1953 to 1964 type only)

1953 NSF 25 cent

The early 1953 dies had the shoulder fold weakly cut so the shoulder fold was usual not present, although on some well struck examples you may see a trace of it. This made the Queen's shoulder appeared bare which many people thought to be inappropriate. Known as the No Shoulder Strap (NSS) or No Shoulder Fold (NSF) variety, the easiest way to determine these is by the strong serifs at the top and bottom of the I's in II and DEI on the obverse. The NSS coins have a large date and wire or narrow rim.

  1. 1953 NSS large date .................... AU-50   $ 7.25

1953 SS 25 cent

Later in 1953 the dies were re-designed with a deeper shoulder fold which usually will be visible on the coins, although not on some weaker strikes. Known as the Shoulder Strap (SS) or Shoulder Fold (SF) variety, the easiest way to be certain of this variety is because the serifs at the top and bottom of the I's on the obverse are much smaller to the point the I's nearly appear straight. The reverse was also redesigned, making the date smaller and giving the coins a slightly wider rim.

  1. 1953 SS small date, hvy cameo, gold tone MS-64     SOLD

1954 25 cent

  1. 1954 ................................... MS-63     SOLD

1955 25 cent

One of the 1955 dies had a fairly dramatic doubling in the date so is known as the double 1955 variety.

  1. 1955 ........................ cameo PROOF-LIKE   $52.00
  2. 1955 ........................ ICCS Cameo PL-66  $110.00
     
  3. 1955 Double 1955 .................. ICCS MS-64     SOLD

1956 25 cent

  1. 1956 ............ ICCS ultra heavy cameo MS-64   $77.50
  2. 1955 ........................ cameo PROOF-LIKE   $32.00

1957 25 cent

  1. 1957 .............................. ICCS PL-64   $16.00

1958 25 cent

  1. 1958 ...................... trace toning MS-64   $16.00
  2. 1958 ................................... MS-64   $16.00
  3. 1958 ................................... MS-65   $48.00

1959 25 cent

  1. 1959 .............................. ICCS MS-64   $24.00

1960 25 cent

  1. 1960 .................. toned ICCS cameo MS-65   $56.00

1961 25 cent

  1. 1961 ................................... MS-60     SOLD

1962 25 cent

  1. 1962 ....................... light toned MS-62   $ 7.50
  2. 1962 ................................... MS-62   $ 7.50
  3. 1962 ....................... light toned MS-63   $ 8.00
  4. 1962 ................................... MS-63   $ 8.00
  5. 1962 ........................ toned ICCS MS-64   $14.50
  6. 1962 .............................. ICCS MS-64   $14.50
  7. 1962 ............ ICCS Ultra heavy Cameo MS-64   $80.00
  8. 1962 ......... obverse nicely toned ICCS MS-65   $40.00
  9. 1962 ............................. toned MS-65   $40.00
  10. 1962 ........................ toned ICCS MS-65   $40.00
  11. 1962 .................. ICCS heavy cameo MS-65   $77.50

1963 25 cent

  1. 1963 ................... light tone ICCS MS-64   $12.00
  2. 1963 ............... toned PCGS 02910246 MS-65   $32.00
  3. 1963 ........................ toned ICCS MS-65   $32.00

1964 25 cent

I recently had a number of cameo and ultra cameo MS 1964 25 cent from from a bank roll I opened myself. Most has a PL look on one and sometimes both sides, but some looked MS on one side. It appears the mint was using some left over PL dies for MS strikes when that roll was minted.

  1. 1964 ............ ICCS Ultra heavy cameo MS-62   $24.00
  2. 1964 ................................... MS-63   $ 7.50
  3. 1964 ............................. cameo MS-63   $10.00
  4. 1964 ................................... MS-65   $32.00
  5. 1964 ....................... ultra cameo PL-64   $40.00


Mature Head Series

1965 25 cent

  1. 1965 ....................... trace toned MS-62   $ 6.50
  2. 1965 ............................. cameo MS-62   $ 8.00
  3. 1965 ................................... MS-63   $ 7.25
  4. 1965 ................................... MS-64   $12.00
  5. 1965 ............................. toned MS-64   $12.00
  6. 1965 .............................. CCCS MS-65   $24.00
  7. 1965 .................. ICCS Heavy Cameo MS-65   $36.00
  8. 1965 ............................. cameo PL-64   $ 6.50

1966 25 cent

  1. 1966 ................................... MS-63   $ 7.25
  2. 1966 ................................... MS-64   $12.00
  3. 1966 .............................. ICCS MS-65   $24.00

To celebrate Canada's 100th anniversary as a country, all of the standard circulating coins in 1967 depicted animals common to Canada, with a lynx on these 25 cent coins. These are common coins and average ones get sent out to scrap the silver, so the examples offer will all be very nice examples, either from Proof-like and Specimen sets, or circulation strikes grading MS-63 or higher, often with a cameo portrait and/or lynx.

During the first half 1967 these were struck to the 800 fine standard and contain 0.15 ounces of silver. During the last half of the year, they were struck to a 500 fine standard containing 0.094 ounces of silver. For circulation strikes (MS or BU) there is no simply way to tell them a part so silver value examples are bought and sold based on the average of 0.1225 ounces of silver. All of the Proof-like and Specimen quality were struck earlier in the year and so are the 800 fine standard.

The cases for the 1967 specimen sets, either in the red boxes with the silver medallion or the black box's with the $20.00 gold piece had something in the lid liner than often reacts with the coins causing heavy toning. Most of the time the toning is very unattractive and I scrap those coins as it has usually corroded the coins, sometimes the coins take on a very attractive blue tone and I try to preserve those.

1967 25 cent

  1. 1967 lynx .............................. MS-63   $ 5.50
  2. 1967 lynx .............................. MS-64   $10.00
  3. 1967 lynx .... slightly toned Cameo PROOF-LIKE   $ 6.50

1968 saw a return to the standard Caribou reverse design. Early in the year, these were struck in silver at the 500 fine standard, containing 0.0937 ounces of silver per coin but unless very high quality (MS-63 or better) they are just worth the value of the silver they contain. Those struck later in the year are pure nickel and contain no silver. While a practiced eye can see the color difference, for most people the easiest way tell them a part is with a magnet as nickel ones stick to a magnet and silver ones do not. All 1968 quarters in Proof-like sets are nickel.

1968 SILVER 25 cent

  1. 1968 silver ............................ MS-63   $ 5.00
  2. 1968 silver ............................ MS-64   $10.00
  3. 1968 silver........................ ICCS MS-65   $20.00
  4. 1968 silver ................. ICCS cameo MS-66  $100.00
  5. 1968 silver ........... ICCS heavy cameo MS-66  $140.00


NICKEL 25 CENTS

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.

As discussed above, during 1968 the alloy of our quarters was changed from 50% silver to pure nickel and there with no change in size or weight but a magnet can be used to tell them a part for 1968, and all dated after 1968 are nickel.

For the majority of dates, nickel 25 coins are very common and not worth the time and trouble to list for sale unless of exceptional quality, usually from proof-like, specimen or proof sets, or for the few rare dates and/or varieties which will discussed below where appropriate.

If you don't see a particular date listed here, please do not assume it is rare as it is more likely to be too common (thus low value) for us to list.

1968 NICKEL 25 cent

  1. 1968 nickel ............................ MS-60   $ 0.50
  2. 1968 nickel ............................ MS-62   $ 0.75
  3. 1968 nickel ............................ MS-64   $ 6.50
  4. 1968 nickel ................ ultra cameo PL-65   $55.00

1969 25 cent

  1. 1969 ................................... MS-62   $ 0.75
  2. 1969 ................................... MS-63   $ 1.00
  3. 1969 ...... PCGS 02910225 ......... PCGS MS-65   $20.00
  4. 1969 ...... PCGS 02910228 ......... PCGS MS-65   $20.00
  5. 1969 ...... PCGS 02910278 ......... PCGS MS-66   $40.00
  6. 1969 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 0.75
  7. 1969 .................. heavy cameo PROOF-LIKE   $ 5.00

1970 25 cent

The mintage of the 1970 quarter was around 10,000 which was only a fraction of most other dates in this period. At the time it created a lot of interest in these, and some people still consider then scarce, but after the 1991 came out with a mintage under 500,000, they lost a little of tha lustre but are still a little harder to get them other dates.

  1. 1970 ................................... MS-64   $ 8.00
  2. 1970 .............................. ICCS MS-64   $ 8.00
  3. 1970 ...... PCGS 02910168 ......... PCGS MS-65   $20.00
  4. 1970 ...... PCGS 02910161 ......... PCGS MS-65   $20.00
  5. 1970 PCGS 02910282 mnr die deterior PCGS MS-66   $32.00
  6. 1970 ...... PCGS 02910283 ......... PCGS MS-66   $40.00
  7. 1970 .................. ICCS heavy cameo PL-66   $55.00

Beginning in 1971, the mint begins striking three different striking qualities of coins, 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. I don't list most dates in MS because they are not of 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 I list a coin as a specimen, I have personally taken it out of a specimen set.

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 25 cent

  1. 1971 ................................... MS-63   $ 1.00
  2. 1971 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00

1972 25 cent

  1. 1972 ................................... MS-64   $ 6.50
  2. 1972 ...... PCGS 02910197 ......... PCGS MS-65   $20.00
  3. 1972 ...... PCGS 02910255 ......... PCGS MS-66   $40.00
  4. 1972 ...... PCGS 02910260 ......... PCGS MS-66   $40.00

1973 25 cent

1973 quarters commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The reverse shows a Police officer on horseback. The obverse Queen's head is slightly modified from the 1972 so the head is slightly smaller, has more detail in the hair, more beads around the edge and the beads are further from the edge.

Some 1973 quarters were struck with a 1972 obverse die, where the Queen's head is larger and the beads are closer to the rim. Known as the "large bust" variety, these are found in circulation, proof-like and specimen strikes. The mintage is not known but most estimates are around 13,000 with half in circulation strikes and half in proof-like and specimen sets. While most Specimen and PL examples are rated 64 or better, MS examples are rarely seen above MS-63.

The red flocking in 1973 specimen sets (double dollar) sets is deteriorating and causing mild corrosion to the obverse of coins still in the sets, resulting in grey discolorations that cannot be removed without damaging the coins. I have seen several such coins in certified holders that did not mentioned the corrosion. I feel it should be mention as it reduces the value.

  1. 1973 small bust ........................ MS-62   $ 1.00
  2. 1973 small bust ........................ MS-63   $ 1.50
  3. 1973 small bust ........................ MS-64   $ 6.50
  4. 1973 small bust ................... PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
     
  5. 1973 large bust ................... ICCS SP-65  $235.00
  6. 1973 large bust ................... ICCS PL-66  $265.00

1974 25 cent

1974 saw a return to both the regular caribou design, and the larger Queen's portrait used prior to 1973.

  1. 1974 ................................... MS-62   $ 1.00
  2. 1974 ................................... MS-64   $ 6.50
  3. 1974 ...... PCGS 02910207 ......... PCGS MS-65   $20.00
  4. 1974 ...... PCGS 02910218 ......... PCGS MS-65   $20.00
  5. 1974 ...... PCGS 02910274 ......... PCGS MS-66   $40.00
  6. 1974 ...... PCGS 02910275 ......... PCGS MS-66   $40.00
  7. 1974 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
  8. 1974 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.50

1975 25 cent

  1. 1975 ................................... MS-63   $ 1.25
  2. 1975 ................................... MS-64   $ 6.50
  3. 1975 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
  4. 1975 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.50

1976 25 cent

  1. 1976 .............................. ICCS MS-65   $20.00
  2. 1976 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
  3. 1976 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.50

1977 25 cent

  1. 1977 ................................... MS-62   $ 1.00
  2. 1977 ................................... MS-63   $ 1.25
  3. 1977 .............................. ICCS MS-65   $16.00
  4. 1977 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
  5. 1977 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.50

1978 25 cent

The 1978 25 cent comes with large or small denticles on the reverse, easily differentiated once you have seen both side by side as the gap between the lettering and the denticles is relatively narrow on the large denticle and wide on the small denticle. Both types occur in circulation strikes but all examples in mint sets are large denticles.

  1. 1978 small denticles PCGS 02910252, PCGS MS-66     SOLD
  2. 1978 large denticles .............. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00

1979 25 cent

  1. 1979 ...... PCGS 02910277 ......... PCGS MS-66   $40.00
  2. 1979 ...... PCGS 02910276 ......... PCGS MS-66   $40.00
  3. 1979 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
  4. 1979 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.50
     
  5. 1979 struck on non-magnetic (probably cupro
    nickel, 5.9 grams foreign blank, HD CCCS XF-40  $400.00

1980 25 cent

1980 25 cents are found in all striking methods, MS, PL and Specimen, with two obverse varieties of near and far beads defined by the gab between the beads around the Queen's head and the rim. On the near bead the gap is about the same width as a bead and the far is about one and a half to double the width of a bead. It appears far beads were struck earlier in the year as the previous years were that type, with the near beads were struck later as years after that are near bead as well.

  1. 1980 far bead ..................... PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
  2. 1980 near bead .................... PROOF-LIKE     SOLD

1981 saw the introduction of proof sets to replace the double dollar specimen sets. The proof coins have frosted images against mirror fields and while specimen strikes continued to be struck, they were in other types of sets. Whether proof or specimen coins are easier to get as single coins, depends mostly in the value of the intact sets they come from. Generally after 2012 most proof sets are worth more intact than broken up so those coins are harder to get in proof.

1981 25 cent

  1. 1981 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  2. 1981 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.00

1982 25 cent

  1. 1982 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
  2. 1982 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.50
  3. 1982 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.00

1983 25 cent

In 1983 just over 13 million 25 cents were struck for circulation, less than 1/3 of any other year between 1971 and 1990. 190,000 proof-like sets were made, which is an above average production. This is why 1983 quarters are difficult to find in circulation but readily available in proof-like and Proof from sets.

  1. 1983 ................................... MS-60     SOLD

1984 25 cent

  1. 1984 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  2. 1984 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.00

1985 25 cent

  1. 1985 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  2. 1985 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.00

1986 25 cent

  1. 1986 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  2. 1986 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.00

1987 25 cent

  1. 1987 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.00
  2. 1987 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.50
  3. 1987 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.00

1988 25 cent

  1. 1988 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  2. 1988 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 2.00
  3. 1988 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.00

1989 25 cent

  1. 1989 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
  2. 1989 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 2.50
  3. 1989 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.00

Elizabeth II, Diademed Head Series

1990 25 cent

  1. 1990 ................................... MS-63   $ 1.50
  2. 1990 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 2.50
  3. 1990 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.00

1991 25 cent

In 1991 only about 459,000 25 cents were struck for circulation, making them the lowest mintage of circulation strike quarters in the more recent series and you have to go back the 1936 dot quarter to find a lower one. Very few actually entered circulation so most are now encountered still in mint condition. There were an additional about 147,800 in PL sets, 76,600 in specimen sets, and 131,900 in proof sets for a total mintage of just over 815,300.

  1. 1991 ................................... MS-63   $15.00
  2. 1991 ................................... MS-64   $18.00
  3. 1991 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $12.00
  4. 1991 ................................ SPECIMEN   $13.00
  5. 1991 ................................... PROOF   $16.00

Beginning in 1992 but especially after 1999, we see a wide variety of quarters being struck, including the standard caribou design, various special commemorative types both for circulation and non-circulating types, with some commemorative types being partly colored. For coins listed below, I will indicated any of the colored coins as colored. PLEASE NOTE THAT ANY OF THE SPECIAL COMMEMORATIVE OFFERED BELOW ARE IN STANDARD 2x2 HOLDERS and those originally issue in official packaging are no longer in that original packaging unless otherwise stated.

1992 25 cent

For Canada's 125th anniversary of confederation 25 cent coins were struck for each of the 12 provinces and territories with designs specific to those areas. The commemorative designs were struck from pure nickel in MS and proof-like, as well as sterling silver Proofs. The Proof-like examples came in sets of the 12 quarters mounted in florescent colored card holders, while the silver proofs were issued in a plush blue box. Both the proof-like and proof sets included an aureate dollar with the Parliament design. No circulation (MS) caribou 25 cents were struck but about 217,600 were issued in the regular PROOF-LIKE sets, 78330 in SPECIMEN sets and about 174,100 in the standard PROOF sets, bringing their total mintage about 470,000, far less than 1991 that people think of as scarce. All 1992 25 cents, both of caribou and commemorative designs, are double date as 1867-1992.

  1. 1992 caribou ........................ SPECIMEN     SOLD
     
  2. 1992 BRITISH COLUMBIA .................. MS-60   $ 0.75
  3. 1992 BRITISH COLUMBIA .................. MS-62   $ 1.00
  4. 1992 BRITISH COLUMBIA ............. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
  5. 1992 BRITISH COLUMBIA ........... SILVER PROOF   $ 7.50
     
  6. 1992 ALBERTA ........................... MS-60   $ 0.75
  7. 1992 ALBERTA ........................... MS-62   $ 1.00
  8. 1992 ALBERTA ...................... PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
  9. 1992 ALBERTA .................... SILVER PROOF   $ 7.50
     
  10. 1992 SASKATCHEWAN ................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
  11. 1992 SASKATCHEWAN ............... SILVER PROOF   $ 7.50
     
  12. 1992 MANITOBA .......................... MS-62   $ 1.00
  13. 1992 MANITOBA .......................... MS-63   $ 1.50
  14. 1992 MANITOBA ..................... PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
  15. 1992 MANITOBA ................... SILVER PROOF   $ 7.50
     
  16. 1992 ONTARIO ........................... MS-60   $ 0.75
  17. 1992 ONTARIO ........................... MS-62   $ 1.00
  18. 1992 ONTARIO ........................... MS-63   $ 1.50
  19. 1992 ONTARIO ...................... PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
  20. 1992 ONTARIO .................... SILVER PROOF   $ 7.50
     
  21. 1992 QUEBEC ............................ MS-60   $ 0.75
  22. 1992 QUEBEC ............................ MS-62   $ 1.00
  23. 1992 QUEBEC ............................ MS-63   $ 1.50
  24. 1992 QUEBEC ....................... PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
  25. 1992 QUEBEC ..................... SILVER PROOF   $ 7.50
     
  26. 1992 NEW BRUNSWICK ..................... MS-60   $ 0.75
  27. 1992 NEW BRUNSWICK ................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
  28. 1992 NEW BRUNSWICK .............. SILVER PROOF   $ 7.50
     
  29. 1992 NOVA SCOTIA ....................... MS-60   $ 0.75
  30. 1992 NOVA SCOTIA ....................... MS-62   $ 1.00
  31. 1992 NOVA SCOTIA .................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
  32. 1992 NOVA SCOTIA ................ SILVER PROOF   $ 7.50
     
  33. 1992 PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND .............. MS-62   $ 1.00
  34. 1992 PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND ......... PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
  35. 1992 PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND ....... SILVER PROOF   $ 7.50
     
  36. 1992 NEWFOUNDLAND ...................... MS-60   $ 0.75
  37. 1992 NEWFOUNDLAND ...................... MS-62   $ 1.00
  38. 1992 NEWFOUNDLAND ................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
  39. 1992 NEWFOUNDLAND ............... SILVER PROOF   $ 7.50
     
  40. 1992 YUKON ............................. MS-60   $ 0.75
  41. 1992 YUKON ............................. MS-62   $ 1.00
  42. 1992 YUKON ............................. MS-63   $ 1.50
  43. 1992 YUKON ........................ ICCS MS-65   $16.00
  44. 1992 YUKON ........................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
  45. 1992 YUKON ...................... SILVER PROOF   $ 7.50
     
  46. 1992 NORTH WEST TERRITORIES ............ MS-63   $ 1.50
  47. 1992 NORTH WEST TERRITORIES ....... PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
  48. 1992 NORTH WEST TERRITORIES ..... SILVER PROOF   $ 7.50
     
  49. 1992 OFFICIAL Proof-like set of 12 quarters
    with aurate commemorative $1.00 in the
    original card holder .............. PROOF-LIKE   $18.00
     
  50. 1992 OFFICIAL PROOF SET OF 12 QUARTERS
    ALL STERLING SILVER, WITH AURATE LOON,
    ORIGINAL PLUSH CASE .................... PROOF   $90.00

In 1993, the standard caribou design 25 cents were again struck for circulation.

1993 25 cent

  1. 1993 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.25
  2. 1993 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 1.75
  3. 1993 ........................ MISHANDLED PROOF   $ 2.50
  4. 1993 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.00

1994 25 cent

  1. 1994 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  2. 1994 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 2.00
  3. 1994 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.00

1995 25 cent

  1. 1995 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 2.00
  2. 1995 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.00

From 1996 to 2011 all Proof strikes of standard 25 cent coins are of sterling (92.5%) silver at 5.9 grams. Proof-like, specimen and circulation strike coins continue as pure nickel at 5.05 grams, and later dates on nickel plated steel blanks. The holders for proof sets are not sealed air tight, so air can get in and often causes the silver coins to develop a light golden brown toning, especially around the edges. Tone free (pure white) examples can be difficult to find for some dates. One should expect at least a little toning around the edges on these coins, which can be fairly attractive, but if you prefer white tone free examples please specify such on your order and I can usually accommodate such requests. Examples with heavier toning will be noted in the descriptions.

1996 25 cent

  1. 1996 .............................. PROOF-LIKE     SOLD

1997 and 1998 no 25 cents of any design were struck for circulation (MS). 1999 and 2000 only commemorative 25 cents were struck for circulation, but note with the standard caribou design. However 1997 through 2000 quarters with the caribou design are available in a variety of mint set types.

1997 25 cent

While none were struck in MS quality for circulation, 1997 saw about 174,700 in Proof-like sets, 97,600 in Specimen sets and about 113,650 silver examples in proof sets for a total Mintage around 385,950 examples. While proof-like sets were minted at both Ottawa and Winnipeg and one can determine where an intact set was minted, it is not possible to differentiate between the Ottawa and Winnipeg coins once removed from the sets. While the CCN trend sheet lists different prices for the Ottawa and Winnipeg examples, I price all 1997 Proof like quarters as the less expensive Ottawa.

  1. 1997 ................................ SPECIMEN     SOLD

1998 25 cent

While none were struck in MS quality for circulation, 1998 saw about 192,140 in proof-like sets, about 67,700 in specimen sets and about 93,630 in silver Proof sets for a total mintage about 353.470. At the beginning of 1998 the proof-like sets were made at the Winnipeg mint with a small "W" mint mark below the Queen's head. Later the production was moved back to Ottawa where the coins do not have any mint mark. The 1998 25 cents with "W" mint mark are scarcer than those without but both are scarcer than 1991 25 cents. The finish on 1998 proof-like coins returns to high luster finish used before 1996, but specimen coins retain the slightly matte fields with high lustre designs that was first used in 1996.

  1. 1998 ...................... white silver PROOF     SOLD
     
  2. 1998 W ............................ PROOF-LIKE     SOLD

1998 COMMEMORATIVE 25 cent

To commemorate the Royal Canadian Mint's 90th anniversary, special sets of coins were struck with the sizes, alloys, and general reverse designs of the 1908 coins, but Queen Elizabeth's portrait and the date shown as "1908 - 2008". The early sets were struck with an antiqued matte-proof finish that proved unpopular with collectors, but 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 25 cent

1999 was an interesting year for Canadian quarters with the Caribou design was struck only for the mint sets but 12 different quarters commemorating the Canadian provinces and territories were issued for circulation as well as in proof-like and silver proof sets. PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR THE OFFICIAL PROOF-LIKE SETS, WHILE THE SETS INSIDE THE BOXES AND THE COINS WILL BE IN PERFECT CONDITION, THE OUTER PROTECTIVE BOXES WILL ALMOST ALWAYS BE SLIGHTLY BEAT UP (this is just the way they normally come to us).

An interesting error occurred when some September and November 1999 quarters were struck with an obverse die intended for the Caribou quarter, resulting in quarters missing the "25 CENTS" the commemorative's usually have below the Queen's bust. These are known as mule errors and are only found in some of the official 1999 quarter sets, most likely in sets made in August of 1999 and sold through the post offices.

The total mintage for the 1999 caribou quarters was about 192,140 in proof-like sets, 46,785 in specimen sets and about 95,115 in proof sets for a total mintage of about 334,040 examples.

  1. 1999 caribou ........................... PROOF     SOLD
     
  2. 1999 JANUARY ...................... PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
     
  3. 1999 FEBRUARY...................... PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
     
  4. 1999 MARCH ........................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
     
  5. 1999 APRIL ........................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
     
  6. 1999 MAY .......................... PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
     
  7. 1999 JUNE ......................... PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
     
  8. 1999 JULY ......................... PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
     
  9. 1999 AUGUST ....................... PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
     
  10. 1999 SEPTEMBER .................... PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
     
  11. 1999 SEPTEMBER mule error ......... PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
     
  12. 1999 OCTOBER ...................... PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
     
  13. 1999 NOVEMBER ..................... PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
  14. 1999 NOVEMBER mule error .......... PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
     
  15. 1999 DECEMBER .......................... MS-63   $ 1.00
  16. 1999 DECEMBER ..................... PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
  17. 1999 DECEMBER ................... silver PROOF   $ 7.50
     
  18. 1999 OFFICIAL Proof-like set of 12 quarters
    and mint medallion in the original card holder
    ................................... PROOF-LIKE   $18.50
     
  19. 1999 OFFICIAL PROOF SET OF 12 QUARTERS
    STRUCK FROM STERLING SILVER AND IN THE
    ORIGINAL THICK HARD OVAL CASE .......... PROOF     SOLD
     
  20. 1999 MEDALLION FROM SET ........... PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00

1999 P TEST 25 cent

In 1999, as a cost saving measure, the Canadian Mint made plans to strike 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 cent coins on nickel plated steel blanks which were first 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 to indicate a plated steel blank. First struck only as test tokens for vending machine companies for calibrate purposes, 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 selling 20,000 sets to collectors at much lower prices.

Packaged like Proof-like sets their exact status is unclear and I prefer to call them Proof-likes, but others including ICCS call them Mint State. A mintage of only 20,000 means they are nearly as scarce as 1948 dollars. The vinyl packaging leaves a light film on them that can be removed with rubbing alcohol.

  1. 1999 P ............................. NGC MS-67   $60.00

In 2000 the first circulation strike "P" coins were minted, but only on 5 cent coins were coins were officially released for circulation (both plated "P" and solid nickel without the "P" 5 cent pieces were minted in 2000). A few 2000 dated "P" 10, 25 and 50 cent coins were struck, and while they were never officially released for circulation, some have turned up having been accidentally released. 2001 saw the official issues of other denominations begin to appear.

2000 CARIBOU 25 cent

2000 was another interesting year for 25 cent coins, with all circulation coins special commemorative's of Canadian attributes. The Caribou design is in the normal mint sets, but special sets of the 12 commemorative types were also issued both in plated steel, and solid silver Proof's. PLEASE NOTE THE OFFICIAL PROOF-LIKE SETS OF COMMEMORATIVE QUARTERS I OFFER BELOW WILL HAVE THE COINS IN PERFECT CONDITION, BUT THE OUTER PROTECTIVE BOXES WILL ALMOST ALWAYS BE SLIGHTLY BEAT UP (this is how they normally come to us).

A rare mule error occurs in a few of 2000 millennium quarters sets when an Queen's head obverse die was used with the map medallion reverse. These are much rarer than the 1999 September and November Mule quarters.

The mintage for the 2000 Caribou quarter was about 186,985 in Proof-like sets, about 78330 in specimen sets and about 87,965 in proof sets for a total mintage of about 353,280. The Proof-like set mintage included both the regular and W coins, making the 2000 W quarter one of the scarce coins in this series.

Canada's first colored coin was issued this year when the January pride 25 cent was also issued with large red 2 over 3 red maple leaves, over a larger white maple leaf. Other than the color it is the same design as the January pride type issued for circulation, and is not part of the Canada series.

2000 saw the first of an annual series of Canada Quarters running until 2008, where some examples of the "celebration" quarter had red color added to the flag in front of the family. This type did not sell well and is now the scarcest of the Canada Day quarters.

  1. 2000 caribou ....................... NGC SP-68     SOLD
     
  2. 2000 W caribou .................... PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
     
  3. 2000 PRIDE (January) .............. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
     
  4. 2000 INGENUITY (February) .............. MS-64   $ 8.00
  5. 2000 INGENUITY (February) ......... PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
     
  6. 2000 ACHIEVEMENT (March) .......... PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
     
  7. 2000 HEALTH (April) ............... PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
     
  8. 2000 NATURAL LEGACY (May) ......... PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
     
  9. 2000 HARMONY (June) .................... MS-63   $ 1.00
  10. 2000 HARMONY (June) ............... PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
     
  11. 2000 CELEBRATION (July) ................ MS-62   $ 0.75
  12. 2000 CELEBRATION (July) ........... PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
     
  13. 2000 FAMILY (August) .............. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  14. 2000 FAMILY (August) ............ silver PROOF   $ 7.25
     
  15. 2000 WISDOM (September) ................ MS-64   $ 8.00
  16. 2000 WISDOM (September) ........... PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
     
  17. 2000 CREATIVITY (October) ......... PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
     
  18. 2000 FREEDOM (November) ........... PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  19. 2000 FREEDOM (November) ......... silver PROOF   $ 7.25
     
  20. 2000 COMMUNITY (December) ......... PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
     
  21. 2000 MEDALLION FROM SET ........... PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
     
  22. 2000 OFFICIAL Proof-like set of 12 quarters
    and mint medallion in the original card holder
    ................................... PROOF-LIKE   $18.50
     
  23. 2000 OFFICIAL PROOF SET OF 12 QUARTERS
    STRUCK FROM STERLING SILVER AND IN THE
    ORIGINAL THICK HARD OVAL CASE .......... PROOF     SOLD
     
  24. 2000 Map mule error, these are PL . ICCS MS-64     SOLD

2001 25 cent

In 2001 the caribou design returned for circulation and most mint sets. Circulation strike examples exist with and without the P for plated, with examples without the P scarcer. Silver proof examples are also without the P. All examples in Proof-like and Specimen have the P below the Queen's portrait. A type with children standing around a red maple leaf was issued as a Canada Day celebration but only as a Proof-like, with the P.

  1. 2001 ................................... MS-62     SOLD
     
  2. 2001 P ................................. MS-62   $ 0.75
  3. 2001 P ............................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  4. 2001 P .............................. SPECIMEN   $ 2.00
     
  5. 2001 P Canada day ......... colored PROOF-LIKE   $ 5.50

2002 25 cent

For the 50th anniversary of the Queen's accession most coins, including all 25 cents are double dated with 1952 above 2002 to the left below the Queen's portrait. I get phone calls from people saying they have a quarter without a date and I have to tell them to turn it over. All 2002 quarters other than silver proof examples have the P.

The Canada day quarter for 2002 shows a group of people, some holding up a large maple leaf with others sitting on it, with a ribbon wrapping around it. Circulation (MS) and proof-like strikes were issued without color plus some proof-likes with a red maple leaf were sold as single coin for collectors. Both the CCN trend sheet and Charlton catalogues do not list a proof-like (non-circulating MS) without color but they are fairly common and in the purple special edition mint sets.

  1. 2002 double dated ......... white SILVER PROOF     SOLD
     
  2. 2002 P double dated ............... PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  3. 2002 P double dated ................. SPECIMEN   $ 2.00
     
  4. 2002 P Canada day without color ... PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
  5. 2002 P Canada day color............ PROOF-LIKE     SOLD

2003 was an interesting year for Canadian coins, with a number of varieties including the introduction of a new effigy of the Queen without a crown.

2003 25 CENT Old Effigy

Coins struck earlier in 2003 have the crowned effigy of the Queen first introduced in 1990 and are found both with a P below the Queen's bust on plated steel or without the P on solid silver blanks from proof sets. Most proof-like and all specimen and normal proof sets in 2003 are of this bust type.

The Canada day quarter for 2003 was only issued for collectors, showing a polar bear looking at red maple leaves, and has the old effigy and the P.

  1. 2003 old effigy ........... white SILVER PROOF     SOLD
     
  2. 2003 P old effigy ................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.00
     
  3. 2003 P Canada day (polar bear) .... colored PL     SOLD

2003 25 CENT New Effigy

Later in 2003 the Queen's bust was redesigned without a crown. Timed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her coronation, the new effigy Coronation Portrait was introduced showing her without a crown but as it became the standard portrait for later years it is commonly known as the New Effigy. All New Effigy examples are on plated steel with the P. Those with just the P are only found from bank rolls for circulation with some Proof-like sets struck at Winnipeg found with WP to designate the Winnipeg mint, the only time the W and P appear on coins at the same time.

  1. 2003 P new effigy ...................... MS-62     SOLD
     
  2. 2003 WP new effigy ................ PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
     

Beginning in 2004 the mint went crazy with special commemorative quarters with several in most years and at lease 15 different one year, most never intended to circulate. Listing them all would be a huge undertaking and a long list, so below I will list them as I get them, marking them sold as I run out but leaving the information for the type in place. It is likely some types I may never add.

2004 25 cent

Three types issued for circulation in 2004, the caribou type, First Settlement in Canada depicting the ship St. Croix and a remembrance day with a red poppy. Worried the red color wearing off too easily the mint applied a thin lacquer coating that shows as a slight iridescent area around the poppy. The caribou is found in MS, PL, Specimen and Proof. The red poppy is found in MS and PL (in the first day cards). The first settlement is found in MS, and I am not certain if a PL in a first day card exists but I have not seen one. A few other special commemorative exists in proof-like or Proof.

  1. 2004 caribou ......... trace tone SILVER PROOF     SOLD
     
  2. 2004 P caribou .................... PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  3. 2004 P caribou ...................... SPECIMEN   $ 2.00
     
  4. 2004 P first settlement (St. Croix) ICCS MS-66   $43.00
  5. 2004 P first settlement (St. Croix) ..........
    ........................ NGC 3795485-001 MS-67   $70.00
     
  6. 2004 P red poppy ....................... MS-62   $ 0.75
  7. 2004 P red poppy ....................... MS-63   $ 1.00
  8. 2004 P red poppy ....................... MS-64   $ 8.00
  9. 2004 P red poppy .................. ICCS MS-66   $32.00
     
  10. 2004 P Santa .............. colored PROOF-LIKE   $16.00
     
  11. 2004, gold poppy from mint report ...... PROOF   $22.50
  12. 2004, gold poppy still in mint report .. PROOF   $32.50
     
  13. 2004, moose ....................... PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
  14. 2004 Canada day, red maple leaf ... PROOF-LIKE     SOLD

2005 25 cent

Four type of circulating 25 cents were issued in 2005. The caribou design is found in MS, PL, Specimen and Proof. The Alberta depicting an oil rig, the Saskatchewan depicting a bird in front of a grain elevator and the Veterans depicting conjoined busts of a young soldier and elderly veteran, were all struck in both MS and PL, with the Proof-likes issued in the official first day cards, although most I list have been taken out of the cards. A few other types also exist, mostly in Proof-like or specimen.

  1. 2005 caribou .............. white SILVER PROOF     SOLD
     
  2. 2005 P caribou ...................... SPECIMEN   $ 1.75
     
  3. 2005 P Alberta ......................... MS-62   $ 0.75
  4. 2005 P Alberta ......................... MS-63   $ 1.00
  5. 2005 P Alberta .................... ICCS MS-66   $40.00
     
  6. 2005 P Saskatchewan .................... MS-63   $ 1.00
  7. 2005 P Saskatchewan ............... ICCS MS-65   $16.00
     
  8. 2005 P Veterans ........................ MS-63   $ 1.00
  9. 2005 P Veterans ................... ICCS MS-65   $16.00
     
  10. 2005 P Christmas stocking . colored PROOF-LIKE   $12.00
  11. 2005 P Xmas stocking, numismatic BU ICCS MS-66   $16.00
     
  12. 2005 P Canada Day ... red on beaver PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
  13. 2005 60 Years liberation ..... silver SPECIMEN     SOLD

2006 25 cent

All 2006 25 cents, other than silver proofs are on plated blanks. Those struck early in the year have the P for plated while later ones have a stylized maple leaf mint logo. All Specimen strikes have the P and silver proofs are without either the P or logo. Proof-like sets were made through out the year and are found with either the P or logo.

Four circulating types were struck, the Caribou with the P is found MS, PL and Specimen. The Caribou with mint logo found in MS and PL (both more difficult to find). The breast cancer with central pin ribbon with the P in MS and PL. The medal of bravery type with mint logo found in MS and PL. In both the breast cancer and medal of bravery the PL examples came in First day of issue cards although most I list have been taken out of the cards.

A peculiarity introduced in 2006 were 35 mm Giant Quarters struck over the next years in various designs, mostly of specimen (SP) quality with color.

  1. 2006 caribou, lt golden edge tone SILVER PROOF   $ 8.00
     
  2. 2006 P caribou .................... PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  3. 2006 P caribou ...................... SPECIMEN   $ 2.00
     
  4. 2006 logo caribou ................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
     
  5. 2006 P breast cancer pink ribbon .. PROOF-LIKE   $10.00
     
  6. 2006 logo medal of bravery ............. MS-63   $ 1.00
  7. 2006 logo medal of bravery ............. MS-64   $ 8.00
  8. 2006 logo medal of bravery ............. MS-65   $16.00
  9. 2006 logo medal of bravery ........ PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.00
     
  10. 2006 P Santa's sleigh (Rudolph) ..............
    ..................... Numismatic BU ICCS MS-66   $24.00
     
  11. 2006 P Canada day, children with flag ..... PL     SOLD
  12. 2006 P Montreal Can. .. color logo, PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
  13. 2006 P Toronto ML ...... blue logo, PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
  14. 2006 GIANT QUARTER, Queen's 80th Birthday . SP     SOLD
  15. 2006 P Quebec winter carnival color PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
  16. 2006 P Ottawa Senators, color logo, PROOF-LIKE     SOLD

2007 25 cent

Six 25 cent types were issued for circulation. The caribou with mint logo in MS, PL, Specimen and as a silver proof. Four types, alpine skiing, ice hockey, biathlon and curling and Paralympic wheelchair curling were for the upcoming 2010 Olympics with 2010 on the reverse and 2007 below the Queen's head, with the Olympic logo to the left of the Queen's head instead of a mint logo, all issued in MS, PL and Proof. The Paralympic wheelchair curling should have the Paralympic logo but some were accidentally struck with a obverse die with the standard Olympic logo and are known as mule errors.

2007 and 2008 Olympic quarters were issued through Petrocan but with the maple leaf outline in red, a hard plastic bubble over the reverse (very difficult to remove) and mounted in card holders in which I leave these in the card holders when I have them. In these cards one sometimes finds the Paralympic quarter with standard Olympic symbol, and some alpine skiing accidentally dated 2008, both being mule errors.

  1. 2007 caribou ........................... MS-63   $ 2.50
  2. 2007 caribou ...................... PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  3. 2007 caribou ........................ SPECIMEN   $ 2.00
  4. 2007 caribou .................... SILVER PROOF   $ 8.00
     
  5. 2007 Olympic ice hockey ................ MS-64   $ 6.50
  6. 2007 Olympic ice hockey ........... PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.00
     
  7. 2007 Olympic alpine skiing ............. MS-62   $ 0.75
  8. 2007 Olympic alpine skiing ............. MS-63   $ 1.00
  9. 2007 Olympic alpine skiing ............. MS-64   $ 6.50
  10. 2007 Olympic alpine skiing ........ ICCS MS-67   $48.00
  11. 2007 Olympic alpine skiing ........ PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.00
     
  12. 2007 Olympic biathlon ............. ICCS MS-65   $16.00
  13. 2007 Olympic biathlon ............. PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.00
     
  14. 2007 Olympic curling ................... MS-63   $ 1.00
  15. 2007 Olympic curling ................... MS-64   $ 6.50
  16. 2007 Olympic curling .............. PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.00
  17. 2007 Olympic curling Petrocan card, PROOF-LIKE   $ 8.00
     
  18. 2007 Paralympic wheelchair curling ..... MS-62   $ 0.75
  19. 2007 Paralympic wheelchair curling ..... MS-63   $ 1.00
  20. 2007 Paralympic wheelchair curling ..... MS-64   $ 6.50
  21. 2007 Paralympic wheelchair curling, PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.00
     
  22. 2007 Edmonton Oils ........ colored PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
  23. 2007 Maple leaf (Oh Canada) colored PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
  24. 2007 Christmas tree ....... colored PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
  25. 2007 Canada day Mountie.... colored PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
  26. 2007 Calgary Flames ....... colored PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
  27. 2007 Bouquet .............. colored PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
  28. 2007 Canucks .............. colored PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
  29. 2007 Balloons ............. colored PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
  30. 2007 Fireworks (congrats) . colored PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
  31. 2007 GIANT QUARTER Royal Coach color, SPECIMEN     SOLD

2008 25 cent

Six different 25 cent coins were issued for circulation in 2008. The Caribou with the mint logo below the Queen's head was issued in MS, PL, Specimen and as a silver proof. A remembrance day poppy quarter with the mint logo was issued in MS and PL.

Four types were issued for the upcoming 2010 Olympics with the 2010 Olympic date on the reverse and the actual date of issue below the Queen's head, with the Olympic logo to the left of the Queen's head, figure skiing, snow boarding, bobsledding and freestyle skiing. They were all issued MS, PL and Proof. All of the Olympic types were issued in a variety of cards and book marks, some with a painted red line on the partial maple leaf and all with a non-removable plastic bubble over the reverse. Some Alpine Skiing examples in the Petrocan cards for 2007 are mule errors dated 2008.

  1. 2008 caribou ...................... ICCS MS-65   $16.00
  2. 2008 caribou .................... SILVER PROOF   $ 8.00
     
  3. 2008 poppy ............................. MS-63     SOLD
     
  4. 2008 Olympic freestyle ............ PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.00
     
  5. 2008 Olympic bobsled ................... MS-63   $ 1.00
  6. 2008 Olympic bobsled ................... MS-64   $ 6.50
  7. 2008 Olympic bobsled .............. PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.00
     
  8. 2008 Olympic figure skating ....... PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.00
     
  9. 2008 Olympic snow boarding ........ PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.00
  10. 2008 Snow Board, Petrocan card .... PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
     
  11. 2008 GIANT QUARTER, Anne Green Gables, col, SP   $20.00
     
  12. 2008 Sumi, (Olympic mascot) colored PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
  13. 2008 Flag (O'Canada) ...... colored PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
  14. 2008 Wedding cake ......... colored PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
  15. 2008 Miga, (Olympic mascot) colored PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
  16. 2008 Quatchi (olymp mascot) colored PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
  17. 2008 Birthday hat ......... colored PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
  18. 2008 Canada day moose ..... colored PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
  19. 2008 Trophy (congrats) .... colored PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
  20. 2008 GIANT QUARTER, tomb of unknown soldier,SP     SOLD

2009 25 cent

Seven different 25 cent coins were issued for circulation in 2009. The Caribou with the mint logo below the Queen's head, issued in MS, PL, Specimen and as a silver proof. Two for the 2010 Olympics, cross country skiing and speed skating with 2010 Olympic date on the reverse but the issue date of 2009 below the Queen's head and the Olympic logo to the left. A sledge hockey type for the 2010 Paralympics with the 2010 Paralympic date on the reverse and the 2009 issue date below the Queen's head. The Olympic and Paralympic types come on MS, PL and Proof.

There are three types commemorating past Olympic moments, the 2002 Men's gold medal which can have final 2 in the 2002 can either raised or incus (engraved), the 2002 women's hockey gold medal and Cindy Klassen's 5 medals in the 2006 Olympics. All have the 2009 date in the obverse inscription but without logos below the head. All three come with or without red on the maple leaf in the background, which can be either printed (dot texture) on MS and PL examples, or painted (solid without texture) on some proof-like examples. The solid red example are by far the scarcest of the type. Some types are found mounted in Petrocan (PC) cards in which case there is non-removable yellowish plastic bubble over the reverse.

  1. 2009 caribou ...................... PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  2. 2009 caribou .............. white SILVER PROOF   $ 8.00
     
  3. 2009 OLYMPIC SPEED SKATING ........ PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.00
     
  4. 2009 OLYMPIC CROSS COUNTRY ............. MS-62   $ 0.75
  5. 2009 OLYMPIC CROSS COUNTRY ............. MS-63   $ 1.00
  6. 2009 OLYMPIC CROSS COUNTRY ........ PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.00
     
  7. 2009 PARALYMPIC SEDGE HOCKEY ........... MS-63   $ 1.00
  8. 2009 PARALYMPIC SEDGE HOCKEY ...... ICCS MS-67   $55.00
  9. 2009 PARALYMPIC SEDGE HOCKEY ...... PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.00
  10. 2009 MEN'S HOCKEY, raised 2 ............ MS-64   $ 6.50
  11. 2009 MEN'S HOCKEY, raised 2 ............ MS-65   $16.00
  12. 2009 MEN'S HOCKEY, incuse 2, painted red .. PL     SOLD
     
  13. 2009 WOMEN'S HOCKEY .................... MS-64   $ 6.50
  14. 2009 WOMEN'S HOCKEY ............... ICCS MS-66   $32.00
  15. 2009 WOMEN'S HOCKEY ............... ICCS MS-67   $40.00
     
  16. 2009 CINDY CLASSEN ..................... MS-63   $ 1.00
  17. 2009 CINDY CLASSEN ................ ICCS MS-67   $40.00
  18. 2009 C C painted red ... ICCS NUMISM. MS PL-67   $60.00
     
  19. 2009 SANTA ................ colored PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
  20. 2009 TEDDY BEAR ........... colored PROOF-LIKE     SOLD

2010 25 cent

With the Olympic coin program finished, only two types were struck for circulation in 2010, the caribou with the mint logo below the Queen's head and the remembrance day type with a soldier standing between two red poppies, with nothing below the Queen's head. The caribou type comes in MS, PL, Specimen and silver proof. The remembrance day type comes in MS (bank rolls) and while they were issued in a type of mint set, the coin in those sets seem to be MS rather than PL quality.

  1. 2010 caribou ...................... ICCS MS-65   $16.00
  2. 2010 caribou ........................ SPECIMEN   $ 2.00
  3. 2010 caribou .............. white silver PROOF   $ 8.00
     
  4. 2010 soldier between red poppies ....... MS-63   $ 1.00
     
  5. 2010 Santa ........................ colored PL   $12.50
     
  6. 2010 OH Canada (maple leaves) ..... colored PL     SOLD
  7. 2010 Thank you (flowers) .......... colored PL     SOLD
  8. 2010 Forever (heart and flowers) .. colored PL     SOLD
  9. 2010 Birthday (gift box) .......... colored PL     SOLD
  10. 2010 Congratulations (stars) ...... colored PL     SOLD

In 2011 the mint stopped minting intentionally superior coins for Proof-like (standard) mint sets, rather using normal MS coins that had not gone through all the handling processes, resulting in most coins from these sets grading MS-64 or MS-65. With no way to differentiate between MS-63 or better coins from sets vs rolls, and MS-64 and MS-65 coins being common, I cannot justify the higher prices earlier MS-64 and 65 coins bring so when available I will price standard caribou types in MS-63 at $1.00, MS-64 at $1.50 and MS-65 at $2.00. Specimen coins struck with frosted backgrounds and mirror designs I price slightly higher.

2011 25 cent

Four types, plus three varieties of 25 cents were struck in 2011 for circulation, the caribou, falcon, bison and orca. There are also three varieties as the falcon, bison and orca are each found with and without a colored moon in the background.

  1. 2011 caribou ........................... MS-65     SOLD
     
  2. 2011 BISON with color .................. MS-63     SOLD
     
  3. 2011 ORCA without color ........... ICCS MS-66     SOLD
     
  4. 2011 FALCON with color ................. MS-63     SOLD
     
  5. 2011 GIANT QUARTER, Royal Wedding col.SPECIMEN   $16.00
     
  6. 1911-2011, George V portrait .... silver PROOF   $16.00
     
  7. 2011 Married in 2011 (rings) .. from set MS-64     SOLD
  8. 2011 Canada (maple leaf) ...... from set MS-64     SOLD
  9. 2011 GIANT QUARTER, Lady bug/Tulip .. SPECIMEN     SOLD
  10. 2011 GIANT QUARTER, Wayne Gretzky ... SPECIMEN     SOLD
  11. 2011 GIANT QUARTER,75 years CBC radio SPECIMEN     SOLD
  12. 2011 Peace and Joy (snowflake) ......... MS-64     SOLD
  13. 2011 Birthday 2011 (balloons) .......... MS-64     SOLD
  14. 2011 Born in 2011 (baby feet) ...... set MS-64     SOLD

From 1996 until 2011 all silver colored coins in normal mint sets were struck of silver but starting in 2012 they mint made them in both silver and nickel plated steel, and the only way to differentiate them is with a magnet which will not attract to the silver examples.

2012 25 cent

There were three circulating designs for 2012, the caribou and two celebrating famous people from the War of 1812, the Native Chief Techumseh and Sir Isaac Brock. Both 1812 designs are found with a red maple leaf to the lower left of a mirror finish portrait, and the maple leaf without the red to the left of a matte finish portrait. The caribou is found in MS both in rolls and sets, specimen and silver proof. The War of 1812 designs are only struck in MS, mostly in bank rolls but some in 5 coin collector sets using MS coins.

For the special non-circulating commemorative's on standard non-colored blanks, it appears the mint returned to proof-like strikes as the examples I am seeing certainly look that way.

  1. 2012 caribou .................... silver PROOF   $12.00
     
  2. 2012 BROCK with red maple leaf ......... MS-63     SOLD
     
  3. 2012 TECUMSEH without color ............ MS-63   $ 1.50
  4. 2012 TECUMSEH without color ............ MS-64   $ 6.50
  5. 2012 TECUMSEH with red maple leaf ...... MS-63   $ 1.00
     
  6. 2012 0H CANADA (maple leaves) ..... PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
  7. 2012 Ice cream cone with balloons . PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
  8. 2012 GIANT QUARTER, Calgary Stampede, SPECIMEN     SOLD
  9. 2012 GIANT QUARTER, Edmonton Eskimos, SPECIMEN     SOLD
  10. 2012 GIANT QUARTER, Titanic ......... SPECIMEN     SOLD
  11. 2012 GIANT QUARTER, Coast guard ..... SPECIMEN     SOLD
  12. 2012 Christmas ornaments .......... PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
  13. 2012 GIANT QUARTER, BC Lions ........ SPECIMEN     SOLD
  14. 2012 Wedding rings ................ PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
  15. 2012 Baby mobile .................. PROOF-LIKE     SOLD
  16. 2012 0H CANADA (maple leaves) ..... PROOF-LIKE     SOLD

2013 25 cent

  1. 2013 caribou ........................ SPECIMEN   $ 4.00
     
  2. 2013 Arctic exped. clothes frosted ..... MS-63     SOLD
  3. 2013 Arctic exped. ring frosted ........ MS-63   $ 1.00
     
  4. 2013 Life in north, bowhead frosted .... MS-64   $ 6.50
  5. 2013 Life in north, bowhead frosted ICCS MS-66   $24.00
     
  6. 2013 SALABERRY without color ........... MS-65   $16.00
  7. 2013 SALABERRY without color ...... ICCS MS-65   $16.00
  8. 2013 SALABERRY with color .............. MS-60     SOLD
     
  9. 2013 SECORD without color .............. MS-63   $ 1.00
  10. 2013 SECORD without color .............. MS-64   $ 6.50
  11. 2013 SECORD with red maple leaf ........ MS-62   $ 0.50
  12. 2013 SECORD with red maple leaf ........ MS-63   $ 1.00
  13. 2013 SECORD with red maple leaf ........ MS-64   $ 6.50
     
  14. 2013 Happy Birthday (cake) .... from set MS-64     SOLD
  15. 2013 GIANT QUARTER, Royal Baby ...... SPECIMEN     SOLD
  16. 2013 GIANT QUARTER, 60th of coronation .. SPEC     SOLD
  17. 2013 Maple leaf (O'Canada) .... from set MS-64     SOLD
  18. 2013 Christmas holiday (wreath) from set MS-64     SOLD

2014 25 cent

  1. 2014 caribou ........................ SPECIMEN   $ 3.00
     
  2. 2014 Ghost bride .. in green card ... SPECIMEN     SOLD

2015 25 cent

  1. 2015 caribou ........................... MS-65     SOLD
     
  2. 2015 flag with color ............. color MS-63     SOLD
     
  3. 2015 poppy without color ............... MS-64   $ 5.00
  4. 2015 poppy with color ............ color MS-63     SOLD

2016 25 cent

  1. 2016 caribou ........................... MS-65     SOLD

2017 25 CENT

Canada's 150'th anniversary as a country was celebrated in 2017, and both regular coins and special anniversary coins were issued that year. On the 25 cent the regular caribou type is the most common, issued in nearly 110 million in both bank rolls and some mint sets. The 150'th anniversary type us called the Green Future, depicting a pair of hands from which comes a branch surrounded by a stylized dove, beaver and turtle, with about 20 million issued in both bank rolls and mint sets, with blue, green and brown enamel on the animals on some examples.

An additional roughly 12.5 million quarters were struck to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Staley Cup, depicting two hockey plays either side of the cup.

  1. 2017 caribou ........................... MS-64     SOLD
     
  2. 2017 green future without color ........ MS-63   $ 1.00
  3. 2017 green future without color ........ MS-64   $ 1.50
  4. 2017 green future with color ........... MS-64     SOLD
     
  5. 2017 Stanley cup ....................... MS-64     SOLD

2018 25 cent

  1. 2018 caribou ........................... MS-63     SOLD

Please note that up to 2010 I describe coins as Proof-like (PL) if they come from a mint set. PL coins are easily differentiated by their superior strike and luster, with only very minor bag marks and while nicer than MS coins from bank rolls they are easier to find in high grades and usually worth less. ICCS and some references refer to these as NON-CIRCULATING NUMISMATIC MINT STATE which I find confusing which is why I to call them Proof-like. In 2011 the mint started putting standard Mint State coins in the normal mint sets, although these bypassed some of the mint handling procedures so these coins will usually be MS-64 and MS-65. This makes those grades more common than for earlier dates. Specimen and proof sets still use specially struck coins with distinctive finishes.

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