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Canada 50 Cents  1870 to Date
Canada 50 Cents 1870 to Date

Some of the very old Canadian 50 cent pieces, like the ones with Queen Victoria (pictured), are worth quite a bit of money. Coins dated before 1936 generally carry a substantial numismatic (coin collector) premium over and above face value of the coin. Modern coins, like the one in our secondary picture with King George VI, are worth face value (50 cents in Canada) or their silver value, whichever is larger.

As with all British coins, the reigning monarch appears on the 'heads' side.

As always, precious metal content sets the minimum value for a coin. Even if a coin is completely damaged, a silver coin cannot be worth less than its silver value. Use web sites such as kitco.com to look up the current value of silver. It changes every day. Here is a listing of the silver content of Canadian 50 cent coins:

1870 to 1910: 0.35 troy ounces of silver
1911: 0.27 ounces
1912 to 1919: 0.35 ounces
1920 to 1967: 0.30 ounces
1968 to 1996: 0 ounces silver (coin is made of nickel)

Starting in 1995, Canadian 50 cents are made of 0.35 troy ounces of silver, but they do not enter circulation; they are issued only in proof versions and sold to collectors.

To compute the silver value, multiply the weight by the current price of silver. If, for instance, silver is selling at $25 US dollars per troy ounce and your Canadian 50 cent coin is dated 1942, the silver value is $25 x 0.30 = $7.50. Be sure to look up the current value of silver.

Returning to the old dates, here are approximate catalog values for common date coins dated before 1936:

worn condition: $10 to $50 US dollars, older more valuable
average circulated: $30 to $100
well preserved: $200 to $500
fully uncirculated: $1000 to $5000

These are catalog values for undamaged coins. To understand these values, use our Important Terminology page (link at upper left). Cavescott's coin is apparently damaged, so its value goes down to almost zero. It sounds like this specimen had a hold drilled through it and the hole was later filled with some type of material.

Now there are also several *better data* Canadian 50 cent pieces that catalog above the *common date* prices above. These are listed below. The value shown is for average circulated coins.

1870: $2500
1890H: $3000
1894: $1500
1905: $700

Coin: 2906 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: cavescott, Tue, 02-Feb-2010 05:07:37 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Wed, 19-Dec-2012 13:55:37 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Mon, 08-Sep-2014 02:33:20 GMT
Requester description: 1872 inscription is victoria deltratria regina canada. lady's head with crown with what seems like a different type of materail at the top like a jewel or something that travels through to the other side of the coin. there is a bun at the back of the ladys head and a ribon below that. thev back of the coin says 50 cents 1872 with a crown at the top maple leafs around the sides andthat other material that travels through the coin at the bottom
Tags: canada 50 cents cent peny pennys pennies penny victoria deltratria regina lady woman head crown type jewel travels travel bun ladys ribon ribbon thev maple leafs leaf reginaf empress lsdy femal women female feminine womans females womens princess girl ladies types travelling ribbons sash leaves leave leaved leafed leafy leavs bow lions lion tiger cougar tiara wreath coat arms shield crowned crwon crpwn crowns tiarra crowning tiera coats crests insignia crest creast

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