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Canadian Half Dollars

Calgary Coin offers an extensive selections of Canadian half dollar (50 cent) coins for sale, with most dates available in a variety of grades and price ranges for all collectors. I use the Canadian Coin News trend sheet as my price guide, but list most coins below what the trend sheet recommends. I grade conservatively and any significant defects will be described. If you ever order a coin from me that you are not happy with, it can be returned for a full refund. For those new to coin collecting and who are not familiar with the meaning of the grading codes that preceded each price, they are explained on my Canadian Coin Grading Introduction Page.

At the time I am writing this (Dec. 14, 2013) silver is about $20.83 per ounce (Canadian funds). From 1870 to 1919 half dollars were sterling silver (92.5% silver) so at 11.62 grams they contain 0.345 ounces of silver which is currently about $7.18 worth of silver. From 1920 to 1967 they are 80% silver so at 11.66 grams they contain 0.30 ounces of silver currently worth $6.25. Considering the time and costs involved in listing, processing payments, and then shipping them, the base price at which I can afford to list even the commonest dates of between 1870 and 1919 is $12.50 (generally not a problem for dates before 1908) and between 1920 and 1967 is $9.50. These base prices will change as the price of silver changes and I will make adjustments as need be. Most examples worth less than that we send out to recover the silver and do not offer for sale here.



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ALL PRICES ON THIS PAGE ARE IN CANADIAN DOLLARS
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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 HALF DOLLAR

The first Canadian half dollar is the 1870 which comes both with and without the "LCW" designer's initials on the truncation of the Queen's neck. Examples without "LCW" are scarcer but one must look carefully to be sure that the "LCW" was not removed. 1870 "no LCW" coins always have a weak struck date.


  1. 1870 LCW ............ attractively toned VF-30  $340.00

1871 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1871 ................................... VF-20   SOLD

1871 H HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1871 H ................................. XF-40   SOLD

1872 H HALF DOLLAR

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 ............... nice orignal tone AU-50 $1275.00
  2. 1872 H inverted A for V ............ ICCS aG-3   SOLD

1881 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1881 H ................................... G-6   SOLD

1888 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1888 obv. 3 .............................. G-6   SOLD

1890 H HALF DOLLAR

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 .. scratches on reverse not mentioned
    on the ICCS holder .................. ICCS G-4   SOLD

1892 HALF DOLLAR


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

1894 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1894 .................................... VG-8   SOLD

1898 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1898 ............................ rim bump G-4   SOLD

1899 HALF DOLLAR

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 ................. ICCS F-12  $475.00

1900 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1900 .................................... VF-30  $450.00

1901 HALF DOLLAR


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

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EDWARD VII_
AD 1902 - 1910_

1908 half dollar
image of type only

1902 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1902 ... date visible but weak ....... G-6/aG-3   SOLD

1903 H HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1903 H ............................ ICCS VG-10   SOLD

1904 HALF DOLLAR


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

1905 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1905 ..................... light cleaned VF-20  $850.00

1906 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1906 .................................... F-12   $41.50
  2. 1906 ................................... VF-20  $140.00

1907 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1907 ................. cleaned and toned VF-20   SOLD

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 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1908 ................................... VG-10   SOLD

1909 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1909 ..................................... G-6   SOLD

1910 HALF DOLLAR

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


  1. 1910 Victorian leaves .................... G-4   $16.50
  2. 1910 Victorian leaves .................... G-6   $25.00
     
  3. 1910 Edwardian leaves .................... G-6   $16.00

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GEORGE V_
AD 1911 - 1936_


1911 half dollar
image of 1911 type only

1911 HALF DOLLAR

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-5   $16.50
  2. 1911 Godless ............................ F-15  $175.00

1916 half dollar
image of 1912 TO 1936 type only

1912 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1912 .............................. ICCS VG-10   SOLD

1913 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1913 ........................ light marks VG-8   $14.50
  2. 1913 .................................... VG-8   $16.50
  3. 1913 ............... cleaned, light marks F-15   $37.50

1914 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1914 ...................... weak date G-4/aG-3   $16.00
  2. 1914 ................................ G-6/aG-3   $25.00
  3. 1914 .................................... VG-8   $38.50
  4. 1914 .............................. ICCS VG-10   $67.50

1916 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1916 ..................................... G-6   $12.00
  2. 1916 .................................... VG-8   $15.00

1917 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1917 ..................................... G-6   $10.00
  2. 1917 ........................... rim bump VG-8   $10.00
  3. 1917 ................................... VG-10   $17.50
  4. 1917 ............................... ICCS F-15   $35.00
  5. 1917 .................................... F-15   $35.00

1918 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1918 .................................... VG-8   $12.50
  2. 1918 .................................... F-15   $29.50

1919 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1919 .................................... VG-8   $12.50
  2. 1919 ................................... VG-10   $16.00
  3. 1919 ............................... ICCS F-15   $29.50

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 HALF DOLLAR

The 0 of 1920 is seen with a small and large variety. The small 0 has a center that is narrow and slightly pointed at the top and bottom. The large 0 has a center that is wider and more rounded at the top and bottom. The wide O is scarcer type.


  1. 1920 narrow (small) 0 .................... G-6   $12.00
  2. 1920 narrow (small) 0 ............... VG-8/g-4   $12.50
  3. 1920 narrow (small) 0 .................. VG-10   $20.00
     
  4. 1920 wide (large) 0 ..................... VG-8   SOLD

1921 HALF DOLLAR

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 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1929 ...................... minor rim nick G-6   $ 9.00
  2. 1929 ..................................... G-6   $10.00
  3. 1929 ............ areas of brown staining VG-8   $10.00
  4. 1929 .................................... VG-8   $12.50
  5. 1929 ................................... VF-20   $45.00

Demand for 50 cent coins remained low during the depression, with none struck in the years 1930, 1933 and 1935, and the 1931, 1932, 1934 and 1936 coins that were struck, the mintages are fairly low. Those that were struck are generally now heavily worn, and it is not easy to find high quality examples.


1931 HALF DOLLAR


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

1932 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1932 .............................. ICCS VG-10  $187.50
  2. 1932 ....................... tiny scratch F-15  $295.00
  3. 1932 ................................... VF-30  $750.00

1934 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1934 ............. light brown tone line, VG-8   SOLD

1936 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1936 .................................... F-15   SOLD

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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 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1937 ................................... VF-20   SOLD

1938 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1938 .................................... F-12   $14.50
  2. 1938 .................................... F-15   $17.50
  3. 1938 ................................... VF-30   $31.50

1939 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1939 ................................... AU-50   $55.00
  2. 1939 ................................... MS-60  $100.00

1940 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1940 ................................... AU-50   $17.50

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 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1941 ................................... VF-30   $11.00
  2. 1941 ................................... XF-40   $14.00
  3. 1941 ................................... XF-45   $16.00

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 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1942 ................................... VF-30   $10.00
  2. 1942 ................................... XF-40   $13.50
  3. 1942 ................................... XF-45   $16.00

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 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1943 ................................... XF-40   $13.50
     
  2. 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 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1944 ................................... XF-45   $16.00
  2. 1944 ................................... AU-50   $18.50
     
  3. 1944 low 4 ............................. VG-10   $16.50
     
  4. 1944 4/4 ................................ F-15   SOLD

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 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1945 ................................... XF-40   $13.50
  2. 1945 ................................... XF-45   $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 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1946 ................................... VF-20   $14.00
  2. 1946 ................................... VF-30   $16.00
  3. 1946 ................................... XF-40   $18.50
  4. 1946 ................................... XF-45   $27.50
  5. 1946 ................................... AU-50   $34.50
  6. 1946 .............................. ICCS MS-63  $160.00

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 we call the "design #1", and which is the "design" type listed in most 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 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1946, partial design ................... VF-30   $24.50
  2. 1946, partial design ................... XF-40   $27.50
     
  3. 1946, full design #2 ................... XF-40   SOLD
     
  4. 1946, full design #1 ..................... G-6   $20.00
  5. 1946, full design #1 .................... VG-8   $28.50
  6. 1946, full design #1 ... heavy rim damage F-15   $20.00
  7. 1946, full design #1 .............. ICCS VF-20   $65.00
  8. 1946, full design #1 .............. ICCS VF-30  $130.00
  9. 1946, full design #1 ................... XF-40  $210.00

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 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1947 curved left ....................... XF-40   $20.00
     
  2. 1947 curved right ...................... AU-50   $62.50

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 HALF DOLLAR

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 MS-60  $250.00

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 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1948 .................................... F-12  $115.00
  2. 1948 .................................... F-15  $125.00
  3. 1948 .......................... rim bump VF-20  $115.00
  4. 1948 ................................... VF-20  $142.50
  5. 1948 .............................. ICCS MS-64  $775.00

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 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1949 ................................... XF-45   SOLD
     
  2. 1949 hoof over .......................... VG-8   $20.00
  3. 1949 hoof over ......................... VG-10   $24.00
  4. 1949 hoof over .......................... F-12   $26.50
  5. 1949 hoof over .......................... F-15   $35.00
  6. 1949 hoof over ......................... VF-20   $42.50
  7. 1949 hoof over ......................... XF-45  $130.00

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 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1950 regular design .................... XF-40   $12.50
     
  2. 1950 no design, no die break ........... XF-45   SOLD
     
  3. 1950 no design, with die break ......... VF-20   $21.50
  4. 1950 no design, with die break ......... VF-30   $31.50

1951 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1951 ................................... AU-50   SOLD

1952 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1952 ................................... AU-50   $12.50
  2. 1952 ................................... MS-63   $20.00
  3. 1952 ................................... MS-65  $140.00

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ELIZABETH II_
AD 1953 - PRESENT_

Young Head Series_

1953 HALF DOLLAR

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 .................... MS-63   $21.50
     
  2. 1953 large date NSS ............... ICCS XF-40   $18.50
  3. 1953 large date NSS . lightly toned ICCS XF-45   $31.50
  4. 1953 large date NSS ............... ICCS AU-50   $42.50
  5. 1953 large date NSS .................... MS-62  $125.00
     
  6. 1953 large date SS ..................... VF-30   $10.00
  7. 1953 large date SS ..................... XF-40   $12.50
  8. 1953 large date SS ..................... XF-45   $13.50
  9. 1953 large date SS ..................... AU-50   $14.50
  10. 1953 large date SS ..................... AU-55   $18.50
  11. 1953 large date SS ................ ICCS MS-60   $25.00
  12. 1953 large date SS ................ ICCS MS-63   $52.50

1954 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1954 .............................. ICCS MS-63   $50.00
  2. 1954 .............................. ICCS PL-64   $67.50

1955 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1955 ................................... MS-60   $17.50
  2. 1955 ............................. cameo PL-65   $85.00
  3. 1955 ....................... heavy cameo PL-66  $215.00

1956 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1956 ................................... MS-62   SOLD

1957 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1957 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $17.50
  2. 1957 .............................. ICCS PL-64   $17.50
  3. 1957 ................................... PL-65   $26.50

1958 dot

1958 dot

1958 HALF DOLLAR

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


  1. 1958 .............................. ICCS PL-65   $27.00
     
  2. 1958 dot ............................... VF-20   $12.50
  3. 1958 dot ............................... XF-40   $14.00
  4. 1958 dot ............................... AU-55   $18.00

1959 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1959 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $12.50

1960 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1960 ................................... MS-63   SOLD

1961 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1961 ........................ cameo PROOF-LIKE   $11.00
  2. 1961 .................. heavy cameo PROOF-LIKE   $12.50

1962 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1962 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   SOLD

1963 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1963 ................................... MS-64   $20.00
  2. 1963 ............................. cameo MS-64   $25.00
  3. 1963 ........................ ICCS cameo MS-65  $105.00
  4. 1963 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $10.00

1964 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1964 ........................ ICCS cameo MS-65  $105.00
  2. 1964 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $10.00

Mature Head Series_


1965 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1965 ................................... MS-64   $21.50
  2. 1965 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $10.00
  3. 1965 ............... heavy cameo both sides PL   $25.00

1966 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1966 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $10.00
  2. 1966 ........................ cameo PROOF-LIKE   $12.50

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 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1967 wolf .............................. MS-60   $ 8.00
  2. 1967 wolf .............................. MS-62   $12.00
  3. 1967 wolf ......................... PROOF-LIKE   $10.00
  4. 1967 wolf ................ blue toned SPECIMEN   $12.50
  5. 1967 wolf ..................... cameo SPECIMEN   $12.50
  6. 1967 wolf ............ ultra cameo SPECIMEN-65   $62.50
  7. 1967 wolf ............ ultra cameo SPECIMEN-66  $110.00
     
  8. 1967 wolf .. sm thread strike through ..... PL   $16.50

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NICKEL HALF DOLLARS_


With the switch from silver coins to nickel coins in 1968, the size of the half dollars was reduced from 29.72 mm used for the previous silver coins to 27.13 mm, making it very easy to sort of nickel half dollars from silver ones. The only exception being that from 1996 the half dollars in the special proof sets were struck from sterling (.925) silver.

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.


1968 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1968 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  2. 1968 ........................ cameo PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.50
  3. 1968 ............................. cameo PL-65   $ 3.50

1969 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1969 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  2. 1969 ........................ cameo PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.50

1970 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1970 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50

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. 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 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1971 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  2. 1971 ........................ cameo PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.50

1972 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1972 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50

1973 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1973 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  2. 1973 ........................ cameo PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.50
  3. 1973 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 2.00

1974 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1974 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  2. 1974 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 2.00

1975 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1975 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  2. 1975 ........................ cameo PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.50
  3. 1975 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 2.00

1976 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1976 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  2. 1976 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 2.00

1977 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1977 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  2. 1977 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 3.00

In 1978, there were two varieties of how the three beads on the band of the small crown dividing the date are drawn. On the common variety all three beads are rectangular but a known as the Square Bead (SB) variety. On the scarcer variety the center bead is still square but the two too the sides are rounded, so it is known as the round bead (RB) variety.


1978 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1978 square bead .................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  2. 1978 square bead .................... SPECIMEN   $ 2.50
     
  3. 1978 round bead ........................ MS-62   $ 5.50
  4. 1978 round bead ........................ MS-63   $ 8.00

1979 HALF DOLLAR

1979 half dollars come in two varieties. The common type has a tip slightly rounded top to the Queen's bust at the bottom right. On the scarce one that tip is more pointed.


  1. 1979 rounded bust ................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  2. 1979 rounded bust ................... SPECIMEN   $ 2.00
     
  3. 1979 pointed bust ................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.50
  4. 1979 pointed bust ................... SPECIMEN   $ 4.50

1980 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1980 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  2. 1980 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 2.50

1981 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1981 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  2. 1981 ................................... PROOF   $ 4.00

1982 HALF DOLLAR

There are two obverse varieties in 1982. One has smaller beads around the head with a low relief portrait is the scarcer and is only found on circulation strikes. The other has larger beads and a higher relief portrait and makes up most circulation strikes and is the only type found in Proof-like, Specimen and Proof sets. If you look at the small jewel at the back of the Queen's tiara, on the common large bead type it is attached with a slightly flared attachment point and on small bead is on straight stick almost like the head on a match).


  1. 1982 large bead ................... PROOF-LIKE   $ 1.50
  2. 1982 large bead ........................ PROOF   $ 3.00
     
  3. 1982 small beads ....................... MS-62   $40.00
  4. 1982 small beads ....................... MS-63   $67.50

1983 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1983 ................................... MS-63   $ 3.25
  2. 1983 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.75
  3. 1983 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.50

1984 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1984 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.75
  2. 1984 ................................... PROOF   $ 3.50
  3. 1984 ................................ PROOF-67   $ 6.50

1985 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1985 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.25
  2. 1985 ................................... PROOF   $ 4.00

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 with the exception of 1991 and the 2002 special 50th anniversary of accession issue they are somewhat difficult to find, although not very expensive.


1986 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1986 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.00
  2. 1986 ................................... PROOF   $ 4.00

1987 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1987 ..................................... UNC   $ 2.00
  2. 1987 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.75
  3. 1987 ................................... PROOF   $ 4.00

1988 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1988 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.25
  2. 1988 ................................... PROOF   $ 5.00

1989 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1989 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.25
  2. 1989 ................................... PROOF   $ 5.00

1990 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1990 ..................................... UNC   $ 2.00
  2. 1990 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.25
  3. 1990 ................................... PROOF   $ 5.00

1991 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1991 ................................... MS-62   $ 1.50
  2. 1991 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.50
  3. 1991 ................................... PROOF   $ 7.00

1992 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1992 ..................................... UNC   $ 2.50
  2. 1992 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.50
  3. 1992 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 3.50
  4. 1992 ................................... PROOF   $ 6.00

1993 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1993 ................................... MS-63   $ 2.00
  2. 1993 ................................... PROOF   $ 5.00

1994 HALF DOLLAR

In 1994 one of the dies developed a small die pit inside the G of DG in the obverse inscription, resulting in the 1994 DOT variety.


  1. 1994 ................................... MS-62   $ 1.50
  2. 1994 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 2.50
  3. 1994 ................................... PROOF   $ 6.00
     
  4. 1994 DOT ................................. UNC   $ 5.00

1995 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1995 ..................................... UNC   $ 2.00
  2. 1995 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.50
  3. 1995 ................................... PROOF   $ 6.00

Starting with 1996, all of the Proof strikes of 50 cent coins are of 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. Because the mint did not create a fully sealed packaging for the proof sets, silver coins in these sets will often have a light golden brown toning around the edges and one should expect that on these coins. That toning can often be fairly attractive.


1996 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1996 ................................... MS-63   $ 2.00
  2. 1996 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.50
  3. 1996 ............................ silver PROOF   $13.50

1997 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1997 ..................................... UNC   $ 2.00
  2. 1997 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.50
  3. 1997 ............................ silver PROOF   $13.50

1998 HALF DOLLAR

In 1998, the Mint experimented with proof-like and specimen sets struck at Winnipeg with a small "W" to the lower front of the Queen's head. The experiment was abandoned part way through the year after which such sets were only at Ottawa without the "W". All circulation strike (MS) and Proof coins were struck at Ottawa without the "W".


  1. 1998 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
  2. 1998 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 2.50
  3. 1998 ................. part toned silver PROOF   $13.50
     
  4. 1998 ............................ silver PROOF   $13.50
     
  5. 1998 W ............................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00

1998 COMMEMORATIVE HALF DOLLAR

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   $21.00
  2. 1908-1998 ....................... MIRROR-PROOF   SOLD

1999 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 1999 ..................................... UNC   $ 2.00
  2. 1999 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.50
  3. 1999 ............................ silver PROOF   $15.00

1999 P TEST HALF DOLLAR

In 1999, as a cost saving measure, the Canadian Mint made plans to strike 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 cent coins on plated steel blanks with were first nickel plated, then copper plated and then for all denominations other than the 1 cent nickel plated again. A small "P" was placed below the Queen's portrait indicating they are on plated steel cored blanks. No 1999 "P" coins were issued for circulation but rather were test coins so vending machine companies could calibrate their machines to accept these coins, after which they were supposed to return them to the mint. A few ended up on the market at very high prices, so the mint got in on the action and made about 20,000 sets to sell to collectors.

The packaging was similar to Proof-like sets, so I call them Proof-likes, although their exact status is not certain.


  1. 1999 P ............................ PROOF-LIKE   SOLD

2000 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 2000 ................................... MS-60   $ 1.00
  2. 2000 ................................... MS-62   $ 2.00
  3. 2000 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
  4. 2000 ................................ SPECIMEN   $ 2.50
  5. 2000 ............................ silver PROOF   $15.00
     
  6. 2000 W ............................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
     
  7. 2000 First recorded hockey ...... silver PROOF   $20.00
  8. 2000 Curling .................... silver PROOF   $20.00

2001 HALF DOLLAR

The first circulation strike "P" 50 cent coins were struck in 2001, although a few 2000 "P" 50 cent coins exist due to an accidental release mounted on mint issued souvenir clocks, but are very rare and seldom offered for sale.


  1. 2001 ............................ silver PROOF   $10.00
     
  2. 2001 P ................................... UNC   $ 2.00
  3. 2001 P .............................. SPECIMEN   $ 2.50
  4. 2001 P ............................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 4.50

2002 HALF DOLLAR

Two types of commemorative half dollars for the Queen's 50th anniversary as Queen. The first type is known as the "Ascension" type, with the "1952-2002" date below the shield and Queen's portrait as she looked on her accession in 1952, flanked by a crowned "E II R CANADA" to the left and "D G REGINA" to the right. A somewhat un-successful attempt was made to get these into circulation by handing them out as change at Post Offices and Hudson Bay stores, making them the only Canadian half dollar to actual circulation since the early 1980's. Sterling silver Proof examples were in some specialty mint sets. The circulation strikes (MS) all have a very high lustre nearly proof-like finish.

The second type of 2002 P half dollar was issued only in the mint sets (proof-like and specimen) and have the normal up to date crowned portrait of the Queen with the "1952-2002" date below the portrait. There is currently an error in the Canadian Coin News trent sheet listing this type as circulation strike only, however it is listed correctly in the Charlton catalogue as mint sets only.


  1. 2002 P Ascension with date below arms .. MS-63   $ 2.00
  2. 2002 P Ascension with date below arms .. MS-64   $ 6.50
  3. 2002 Ascension date below arms .. silver PROOF   $20.00
     
  4. 2002 dates below head............ silver PROOF   $13.50
     
  5. 2002 P dates below head ........... PROOF-LIKE   $ 2.00
     

2003 HALF DOLLAR

2003 saw a return to the standard half dollar designs. This is the only year in which both the W for Winnipeg and the P for plated are found together, with those coins only in certain mint sets.


  1. 2003 Old effigy crowned ......... silver PROOF   $15.00
     
  2. 2003 P Old effigy crowned ......... PROOF-LIKE   $ 8.00
     
  3. 2003 W P New effigy un-crowned .... PROOF-LIKE   SOLD

2004 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 2004 ............................ silver PROOF   $15.00
     
  2. 2004 P ............................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 4.00
     

2005 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 2005 ............................ silver PROOF   $15.00
     
  2. 2005 P ............................ PROOF-LIKE   SOLD

2006 HALF DOLLAR

In early 2006 all half dollars have the "P" for plated. Later in the year the mint replace the P with a stylized maple leaf mint logo which does not mean plated but the coins with it are on plated blanks. Silver proof coins never had the P as they are not plated. Special silver proof dollars with a gold plated reverse were made for the covers of mint reports.


  1. 2006 ............................ silver PROOF   $15.00
     
  2. 2006 P .................................... BU   $ 3.00
  3. 2006 P ............................ PROOF-LIKE   $ 3.50
  4. 2006 P .............................. SPECIMAN   $ 4.50
     
  5. 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 silver proof coins.


2007 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 2007 .............................. PROOF-LIKE   SOLD
     
  2. 2007 ............................ silver PROOF   $11.00

2008 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 2008 logo ................................ UNC   $ 3.00
     
  2. 2008 ............................ silver PROOF   $11.00

2009 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 2009 logo ................................ UNC   $ 2.00
  2. 2009 logo ......................... PROOF-LIKE   SOLD
  3. 2009 logo ....................... silver PROOF   SOLD

2010 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 2010 logo ................................ UNC   $ 2.00

2011 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 2011 logo ................................ UNC   $ 2.00
  2. 2011 logo ..................... from set MS-65   $10.00

2012 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 2012 logo ................................ UNC   SOLD

2013 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 2013 logo ................................ UNC   $ 3.00
  2. 2013 logo ............... from mint roll MS-64   $ 5.00

2014 HALF DOLLAR


  1. 2014 logo ................................ UNC   $ 3.00
  2. 2014 logo ............... from mint roll MS-64   $ 5.00
  3. 2014 logo ............... from mint roll MS-65   $16.00


Starting in 2011 the mint stopped making intentionally superior quality coins for the Proof-like (standard) mint sets but rather put standard MS coins that had not gone through most mint handling processes into the sets. For 2011 and newer coins I will make no attempt to differentiate a mint set (Proof-like) coin from MS coin. This means there is no way to differentiate an MS-65 or better coin from a set, from an MS-65 or MS-66 from a bank roll, which in turn means bank roll coins can carry no premium in those grades even though they will continue to be rare from rolls. This has the odd result that from here on out, MS-64 coin will now be rarer (although of less value) than MS-65 and MS-66 coins.


1995 TO 2000 ANIMAL HALF DOLLARS

From 1995 to 2000, there is series of 50 cent coins called the Discovering Nature Series depicting various animals native to Canada. All struck in Proof quality from sterling silver. The examples we offer below are single coins in standard 2x2 holders, not their original mint packaging, unless otherwise noted to be in the case of issue.


  1. 1995, Atlantic Puffins.................. PROOF   $20.00
  2. 1995, Whooping Crane ................... PROOF   $20.00
  3. 1995, Gray Jays ........................ PROOF   $20.00
  4. 1995, White-tailed Ptarmigan .......... PROOF   $20.00
     
  5. 1995 Complete set the 4 above .. in case PROOF   SOLD
     
  6. 1996, Moose calf ....................... PROOF   SOLD
  7. 1996, Wood Ducklings ................... PROOF   SOLD
  8. 1996, Cougar Kittens ................... PROOF   SOLD
  9. 1996, Black Bear Cubs .................. PROOF   SOLD
     
  10. 1996 Complete set the 4 above .. in case PROOF   SOLD
     
  11. 1998, Killer Whale ..................... PROOF   SOLD
  12. 1998, Humpback Whale ................... PROOF   SOLD
  13. 1998, Beluga Whale ..................... PROOF   SOLD
  14. 1998, Blue Whale ....................... PROOF   SOLD
     
  15. 1998 Complete set the 4 above .. in case PROOF   SOLD
     
  16. 2000, Osprey ........................... PROOF   SOLD
  17. 2000, Red Tailed Hawk .................. PROOF   SOLD

From 1998 to 2000 there is a series of 50 cent coins celebrating sports firsts for Canada. All struck in Proof quality from sterling silver. The examples we offer below are single coins in standard 2x2 holders, not their original mint packaging, unless otherwise noted to be in the case of issue.


1998 to 2000 SPORTS FIRSTS HALF DOLLARS


  1. 1998, First overseas Can. soccer tour .. PROOF   SOLD
  2. 1998, Gilles Villeneaue Grand Prix Vict. PROOF   SOLD
     
  3. 2000, 1875 first recorded hockey game .. PROOF   SOLD

Between 2001 and 2003 there is a series of 50 cent coins celebrating Canadian festivals. All struck in Proof quality from sterling silver. The examples we offer below are single coins in standard 2x2 holders, not their original mint packaging, unless otherwise noted to be in the case of issue.


2001 to 2003 FESTIVALS HALF DOLLAR


  1. 2001, Quebec Winter Carnival ........... PROOF   $20.00
  2. 2001, NFLD and Lab. Folk Festival ...... PROOF   $20.00
  3. 2001, PEI Festival of Fathers .......... PROOF   $20.00
  4. 2001, Nunavut Toonik Tyme .............. PROOF   $20.00
  5. 2002, Alberta Calgary Stampede ......... PROOF   $20.00
  6. 2002, British Columbia Squamish days ... PROOF   $20.00
  7. 2003, NB Festival Acadien de Caraquet .. PROOF   $20.00

2008 MILK TOKEN HALF DOLLAR

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

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