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2017 Canadian 50 Cent Coat of Arms Circulation Coin (Brilliant Uncirculated)

Item: #2017-50CBU    |    Mfr: Royal Canadian Mint    |   #2017-50CBU




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Tags: 2017, 50 Cent

2017 Canadian 50 Cent Coat of Arms Circulation Coin (Brilliant Uncirculated)   


Canada's Coat of Arms was proclaimed by King George V in 1921 as a representation of Canada, and its political roots, especially its ties to Great Britain and France. The design features images from France (the fleur-de-lis), England (the three royal lions and rose), Scotland (royal Scottish lion and thistle), and Ireland (the royal Irish harp of Tara and shamrock). In 1957, the Tudor Crown originally featured in the Coat of Arms was replaced by Saint Edward's crown because it represents all of Britain's monarchs, rather than only those of one ruling family. It was modified again in 1994 so that the motto of the Order of Canada: Desiderantes Meliorem Patriam, Latin for "they desire a better country"—could be added.

Although proclaimed in 1921, Canada's Coat of Arms did not appear on the fifty-cent piece until 1937, and it was not until 1959 that the design was modified to include Canada's motto: A Mari Usque ad Mare —"from sea to sea." In 1997, the first fifty-cent pieces featuring the addition of the Order of Canada's motto were struck. Although no longer used as circulation coinage, this coin's limited mintage, and powerful symbolic representations of Canada's diverse heritage make it a favourite among collectors.



• Fifty-cent coins are no longer in circulation but you can still enjoy this coin rarity picked from a freshly minted roll for 2017.
• The only way to get the 50-cent piece outside of a set.



Largely unchanged since 1959, the reverse design of Canada's classic 50-cent coin features the Canadian Coat of Arms. The history of our nation is powerfully conveyed through each of the richly symbolic elements—particularly within the shield, where a sprig of maple leaves represents Canadians of all origins while the upper portions honour the founding nations. On one side, a lion holds a lance with the Union Jack; on the other, a unicorn holds the royal flag of France. Saint Edward's crown above the crowned lion represents the monarch as Canada's Head of State, while beneath it all, a scroll reads Canada's unifying motto, "A MARI USQUE AD MARE" (From Sea to Sea).



Item is packaged securely during shipping and is in brilliant uncirculated condition.



Mintage: 35,000 
Composition: Three-ply nickel plated steel
Finish: Circulation
Weight: 6.9 g
Diameter: 27.13 mm
Certificate: -
Face Value: 50 cents


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