1978 ROUND BEADS Canadian 50-Cent Coat of Arms Half Dollar Coin (Circulated)

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1978 ROUND BEADS Canadian 50-Cent Coat of Arms Half Dollar Coin (Circulated)


The 50-cent coin bears the Canadian Coat of Arms. It honours the four founding nations of Canada: England, Scotland, Ireland and France. The inscription, "A Mari usque ad Mare," means "from sea to sea"; the second inscription, "Desiderantes meliorem patriam," means "they desire a better country." The current design was produced by former Royal Canadian Mint engraver Thomas Shingles and was first used in 1959. In recent decades, the fifty-cent circulation coin has not been widely used in day-to-day transactions, yet it remains popular with coin collectors.


1978 Canadian 50 Cent Rounds Beads (or Round Jewels) Variety

50 Cent with two round beads (jewels) on the crown. The crown is positioned between the year of issue on the reverse. Original strikes include five square-shaped jewels. 


The obverse design, created by Thomas Shingles, features a bust image of Queen Elizabeth II and the phrase "ELIZABETH II D.G. REGINA".

The reverse, designed by Arnold Machin, features Canada's Coat of Arms, a heraldic art form dating back centuries that was officially declared by King George V in 1921. The Arms first appeared on the 50-cent coin in 1937 and was updated in 1957 and 1994.



Royal Canadian Mint issued 1978 ROUND BEADS/JEWELS Canadian 50-Cent Coat of Arms coin for circulation. Item comes in circulated condition.
Note: The photo of this item is a stock image only.



Face Value: 50 cents
Mintage: -
Composition: 99% Nickel
Weight (g): 8.1
Diameter (mm): 27.13
Finish: BU



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