New Issue: RCM releases 50-cent circulation roll

The Royal Canadian Mint announced the release of a 50-cent circulation roll today.

Each of the $12.50 rolls contain 25 coins, and each coin has a weight of 6.9 grams and a diameter of 27.13 mm. There is a mintage of 30,000 rolls.

Canada’s 50-cent coin features on its reverse the Canadian Coat of Arms, which was was proclaimed by King George V in 1921 as a representation of Canada and its political roots—especially its ties to Great Britain and France. The design features images from France (the fleur-de-lis), England (the three royal lions and rose), Scotland (royal Scottish lion and thistle) and Ireland (the royal Irish harp of Tara and shamrock).

In 1957, the Tudor Crown originally featured in the Coat of Arms was replaced by Saint Edward’s crown because it represents all of Britain’s monarchs rather than only those of one ruling family. It was modified again in 1994 so the motto of the Order of Canada, Desiderantes Meliorem Patriam—Latin for “they desire a better country”—could be added.

Although proclaimed in 1921, Canada’s Coat of Arms did not appear on the 50-cent piece until 1937, and it was not until 1959 the design was modified to include Canada’s motto, A Mari Usque ad Mare—or “from sea to sea.”

In 1997, the first 50-cent pieces featuring the addition of the Order of Canada’s motto were struck.

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