Canada – 1997 50-Cents – B.UNC
The 50 cent coin, although still legal tender, is almost no longer used in commerce but still available to financial institutions until 2002.
- Composition: 100% Nickel
- Weight: 8.1 grams
- Diameter: 27.13 mm Thickness: 2 mm
- Engraver: Obverse: Dora de Pédery-Hunt Reverse: Catherine Bursey-Sabourin
- Illustrator: Obverse: Dora de Pédery-Hunt Reverse: Catherine Bursey-Sabourin
- Edge: Ribbed
- Die Axis: ↑↑
Number of circulation coins minted
- 1997 50-cents : 387 000
Elizabeth II (1990‑2002)
The third version of the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was unveiled in 1990, when Her Majesty was 64 years old. This is the first effigy designed by a Canadian artist, Dora de Pédery-Hunt. It is surrounded by the Latin inscription ELIZABETH II D G REGINA.
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.
This is the basic finish found on most standard circulation coins in Canada.