2023 will likely be one of the most sought after of all modern Canadian half dollars. Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in late 2022, the Royal Canadian Mint announced that it would wait for approvals and tooling, presumably for a new effigy of King Charles III, before producing new current dated coinage for circulation. However, the Mint also wanted to continue to produce its annual offering of a half dollar special wrap roll. To accomplish this, these highly sought after collector edition coins feature the 2023 date together with a posthumous effigy of Queen Elizabeth including the double date 1952-2022 marking the years of her reign.
This 2023 Queen Elizabeth II collector half dollar coin roll contains 25 coins in superb “numismatic uncirculated” condition and comes in a special collector wrap. Mintage is limited to 25,000 rolls.
The half dollar denomination in Canada dates back to 1870 and was for many decades the most important high value denomination in circulation. While this now unusual denomination has not been available through the banking system for more than 30 years, its legacy survives through special low mintage collector coins still issued by the Royal Canadian Mint.