Low Mintage just 1,500 Coins
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This huge low mintage 2016 pure silver 50 cent coin is the fifth coin in the 2016 “Big Coins” pure silver proof set. The subscription to the 2015 six piece set sold out from the Royal Canadian Mint within minutes of its release, and all individual coins also sold out on the day of release. Values of all coins released so far in this series have gone up in the secondary market, in the range of $700 to $1,200 each. In addition to being spectacular looking coins, the coins in this series now form the top quality coin set in Canada, and individually represent the highest quality coin for each denomination.
The reverse design features Canadian engraver Thomas Shingles’s Canadian Coat of Arms design. A lion holding a Union Jack flag on the left and a unicorn holding a flag bearing three French fleurs-de-lys on the right support a central shield divided into five sections bearing historical emblems of England, France, Scotland, and Ireland, as well as a sprig of three maple leaves. The shield is encircled with a ribbon representing the Order of Canada bearing the motto Desiderantes meliorem patriam, which means “desiring a better country.” The shield is surmounted by a royal helmet within a garland of maple leaves, upon which stands a crowned lion holding a maple leaf. St. Edward’s Crown, symbolizing Canada’s constitutional monarchy, rests above the lion, which symbolizes Canada’s sovereignty. The motto A Mari usque ad Mare (“from sea to sea”) appears in a ribbon below the shield, along with a “compartment” or garland composed of the floral emblems of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland. The coin is double struck to ensure fine detail and a near flawless surface, while the design is further enhanced with selective colour highlighting the coin’s main design.
The mintage of this coin and others in the Big Coins series is extremely low, with only 1,500 coins of each design being produced. As a pure silver coin produced by the Royal Canadian Mint, there is no HST or GST applicable on this item.