Canada 1920 50 cents

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Heritage sale 3008, lot 20659
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen is lot 20659 in Heritage sale 3008 (New York, January 2010). The catalog description[1] noted, "George V 50 Cents 1920 Large O, MS66 PCGS, Ex: Norweb-Belzberg-Wellington. Champagne toning with touches of gold and blue. Full underlying luster and shimmering satiny surfaces. An original, beautifully toned example of a subtle rarity in the series. Only 2 pieces have been certified in this lofty condition by PCGS, and none finer (2/0). A rare opportunity to own one of the finest known examples of this conditionally rare issue." This type was struck 1920-36 and succeeded KM 25, which was .925 fine silver. Paradoxically, this later type is scarcer, as the bust which succeeded the ecomonic boom of World War One reduced the demand for coinage.

Recorded mintage: 584,691 (highest mintage date).

Specification: 11.62 g, .800 fine silver, .300 troy oz ASW, reeded edge, designed by E. B. MacKennal.

Catalog reference: KM 25a.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Cross, W. K., The Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian Coins, 47th Ed., Toronto: Charlton International, 1993.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3008: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2009.

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