This huge low mintage pure silver 50 Cent piece features the familiar coat-of-arms design. The subscription to the full seven piece set sold out from the Royal Canadian Mint within minutes of its release. In fact, since they were first introduced for 2015, every past coin in the Big Coins series has immediately sold out and appreciated in value in the secondary market, with some now selling for as much as $1200. GST/HST exempt.
In addition to their impressive appearance with a 65 mm diameter, proof finish and selective rose gold plating, collectability is strongly supported by the extremely low mintage, which has been reduced this year to just 1,500. The coins are also widely viewed as the highest quality annual coin set in Canada, with each coin representing the very best and lowest mintage example of the denomination.
While a regular 50 cent coin has a diameter of 27 mm and a weight of just 6.9 grams in base metal, this half dollar has a diameter of 65 mm and has a weight of over 155 grams, or 5 ounces, in pure silver. This is about equal the weight of 23 regular half dollars. The coin is double or triple struck to ensure fine detail and a near flawless surface, while the design is further enhanced with selective rose coloured gold plating on both sides, highlighting the coin’s main design and the effigy of the queen.