Canada 1950 50 cents

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Heritage sale 3042, lot 32687
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 32687 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $258.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "George VI Specimen 'Design in 0' 50 Cents 1950 SP65 PCGS, Royal Canadian Mint. Light golden toning, with scattered patches of russet patina on the obverse. The fields are fully mirrored and free of notable imperfections, and the strike is bold. Only two pieces have been certified finer by PCGS. From The Eric Beckman Collection of Canadian Coins." Canadian ten cent pieces for George VI come in two varieties; KM 36 (with "IND IMP") was issued 1937-47 and KM 45 (without "IND IMP") for 1948-52. This date is common, tho the variety with "no design in 0" is scarce.

Recorded mintage: 2,384,179 (all varieties).

Specification: 11.66 g, .800 fine silver, .300 troy oz ASW, reeded edge, 29.72 mm diameter, designed by G. E. Kruger-Gray.

Catalog reference: KM 45.


  • 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]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3042, featuring the Read and Bob Bennett Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.

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