Canadian Collectible Silver Coins

Posted by on April 19, 2012
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1858 Canadian 20 Cent Silver Coin

Canadian Collectible Silver Coins were the first coins struck for the United Kingdom’s Providence of Canada.  It was a long and laborious process for Canada to get its own currency.  Divided from England by the Atlantic Ocean, the close proximity to the United States of America, and great abundance of Spanish silver coins, it was not until 1857 that Canada’s representatives were able to convince the English of their need for a decimal system currency.

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1962 Canada Canadian Dime 10 Cents Silver Coin
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CANADA 1963 MINT UNCIRCULATED SILVER QUARTER QUEEN ELIZABETH II .800 SILVER
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1947 CANADIAN SILVER DOLLAR MS-60 PTD 7 QUADRUPLE HP
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1943 Canada 50 Cent (George VI) **Near 3** **Silver**
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CANADA 1967 MINT UNCIRCULATED SILVER QUARTER QUEEN ELIZABETH II .800 SILVER
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1942 Canada 50 Cent (George VI) **Narrow Date** **Silver**
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All of Canada’s coins struck for 1858 were struck in Great Britain at their Royal Mint. The first shipment of 750,000 twenty cent silver coins, 1,250,000 silver dimes, and 500,000 silver five cent coins was received in August and released on December 10, 1858.  This is the only year the twenty cent coin was made for Canada, it was replaced with a twenty-five cent coin in 1870.

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1872 H Canadian Quarter

This shipment created a substantial excess and new coins were not minted until after the 1867 status as the Providence of Canada and a Confederation of provinces was change to the Domain of Canada and Great Britain’s Royal Mint struck more silver coins for Canada in 1870. Periodically, beginning in 1870 and thru 1908, the privately owned Heaton Mint in Birmingham, England struck some of the Canadian Collectible Silver Coins with a mint mark “H” on the reverse under the wreath’s bow towards the bottom of the coin.

It was not until January 2, 1908 that Canada’s Mint was opened and operating on Canadian soil.  The Ottawa branch of Great Britain’s Royal Mint first coin strike was a fifty cent silver coin by Governor General Earl Grey before the audience of dignitaries and Countess Grey closed the ceremony with striking Canada’s first bronze cent.  In 1931 the London Royal Mint relinquished the Royal Canadian Mint and all its properties to Canada.

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1935 Canadian Silver Dollar

This article is not intended to describe each of the Canadian Collectible Silver Coins, however all these coins have a bust of head portrait of one of the times time king or queen.  The 1858 strikes have a ‘young’ Queen Victoria, 1870 through 1910 a ‘mature’ Queen Victoria.  King Edward VII appears on those minted in 1902 through 1910, King George V for 1911 through 1936, and King George VI for 1937 through 1952.  Queen Elizabeth II has been on all United Kingdom coins since 1953, all Canadian Collectible Silver Coins show the ‘young’ Queen until 1965 when the ‘mature’ Queen was established.  Silver circulation coins were discontinued by the time they started using the ‘matron’ Queen in 1990 and currently.

There are five cent silver coins, ten cent (dimes), twenty-five cent (quarters), fifty cent (half-dollars), and one dollar Canadian Collectible Silver Coins.  The composition of these started as 92.5% silver, the same as sterling silver, and 20% copper.  Then in 1920 the composition was changed to 80% silver and 20% copper until 1968 when Canada dropped the silver standard and struck no more silver coins for circulation.  Some of the 1967 Canadian Centennial Commemorative are 50%/50% silver/copper as are some of the 1968 coins.  Those coins that maintain the same weight and diameter will vary in thickness due to differences in density.  Because of the high price of silver these last few years there are a considerable number of “junk” silver Canadian coins.

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1953 Canadian Dime

Five cent silver coins from 1858 thru 1921 were all 1.167 grams and 15.494 millimeters in diameter and switched to a nickel composition in 1922.

Ten cent silver coins from 1858 through 1967 weigh 2.33 grams and 18.034 millimeters in diameter. Those from 1920 to 1967 contain 0.05993 troy ounces of silver, and some of the Centennial 1967 and 1968 will yield 0.03746.

Twenty cent silver coins are all 4.67 grams with a diameter of 23.27 millimeters.  Most of these were sent back to England before 1900 and the silver reclaimed.

Twenty-five cent (quarters) silver coins are all 5.83 grams and from 1858 to 1953 (large date) 23.62 millimeters in diameter and 1953 (small date) to 1967 are 23.88 millimeters in diameter. Those from 1920 to 1967 contain 0.14995 troy ounces of silver, and some of the Centennial 1967 and 1968 will yield 0.09372.

Fifty cent (half dollar) silver coins from 1870 to 1919 are 11.62 grams and 29.72 millimeters in diameter, then 1920 through 1967 they are 11.66 grams and 29.72 millimeters in diameter. Those from 1920 to 1967 contain 0.29887 troy ounces of silver.

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1911 Canadian Pattern Silver Dollar obverse

Silver dollar coins from 1935 to 1967 are 23.33 grams with a diameter of 36 millimeters. Those from 1935 to 1967 contain 0.60006 troy ounces of silver.  The rarest Canadian coin is their 1911 silver dollar. Only two pattern silver coins and a lead strike are known to exist.

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1911 Canadian Pattern Silver Dollar reverse

In recent years counterfeit Canadian Collectible Silver Coins have turned up mostly bought on Ebay from seller in China.  These are not easily detected from digital photos nor even by handling them, but through a microscope odd surface textures and heavy die polish in unusual parts of the silver coin are noticeable.  It appears that a spark erosion process is being used to reproduce the fake dies and sometimes these dies are altered to present a rarer coin and irregularities in the date’s number can be seen.

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