Canada – 1959 50-Cents Extra Jewel – VF-20


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Canada – 1959 50-Cents Extra Jewel – VF-20


  • Composition: 80% silver, 20% copper
  • Weight: 11.66 grams
  • Diameter: 29.72 mm, Thickness 2.00 mm
  • Engraver: Obverse: Mary Gillick, Thomas Shingles, Reverse: Thomas Shingles
  • Illustrator: Obverse: Mary Gillick, Thomas Shingles, Reverse: Thomas Shingles
  • Egde: Ribbed
  • Non-Magnetic
  • Die Axis: Rotated

Number of circulation coins minted

  • 1959 50 cents : 3 095 535

Elizabeth II (1953-1964)

The first effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was minted in 1953, when she was 27 years old The effigy shown here decorated the coins until 1964, surrounded by the Latin inscription ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA, which means “Elizabeth II, Queen by the grace of God”.

Coat of Arms of Canada

This version assiduously reproduces the coat of arms described in the Royal Proclamation of 1763. The four founding nations on Canada’s shield are represented by the three leopards of England, the lion of Scotland, the fleur-de-lis of France and the royal Irish harp of Tara. The lion of England unfurls the banner of the United Kingdom and the unicorn of Scotland unfurls the flag of the French Kingdom. The floral emblems commemorate royal symbols such as the English rose, Scottish thistle, French lily and Irish shamrock. The Royal Crown triumphs over the Coat of Arms described above and identifies them as that of the Sovereign of Canada.

VF-20 Grade

Overall, the details are clear, but not strong. There is some flattening of the large parts of the animals. The chain and the bottom of the crown on the unicorn are clear.