50 Cents - George V


Issuer Canada
King George V (1910-1936)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1920-1936
Value 50 Cents
0.5 CAD = USD 0.39
Currency Canadian dollar (1858-date)
Composition Silver (.800)
Weight 11.6638 g
Diameter 29.72 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 312
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# 25a,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Schön# 23a
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.


The portrait in left profile of George V is surrounded with the inscription "GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: REX ET IND: IMP" (George V, King and Emperor of India by the grace of God)

Script: Latin


Engraver: Edgar Bertram MacKennal

Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal, KCVO, usually known as Bertram Mackennal, was an Australian sculptor, most famous for designing the coinage and stamps bearing the likeness of King George V. Signature: "BM".


The face value, the inscription "CANADA", and the date are surrounded with two maple boughs and a crown.

Script: Latin

Lettering: 50 CENTS CANADA 1929

Engraver: W.H.J. Blakemore




According to the Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian Coins, 69th ed. (2015) p. 184, 206,398 pieces dated 1921 were coined. Because there was a very low demand for the 50¢ denomination between 1921 and 1928, virtually none (if any) was put into circulation. Almost all were melted and recoined in 1929 when the demand for 50¢ increased. It is estimated that only about 75 pieces dated 1921 survived because they were inserted in specimen sets or were circulation strikes sold to Mint visitors.

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1920  584 691 20% Large '0'; see comments
1920  $ 13 $ 16 35% Small '0'; see comments
1921  206 398 3% Original mintage. See above note regarding rarity of surviving pieces.
1929  228 328 $ 9.00 $ 14 $ 12 63%
1931  57 581 $ 25 23%
1932  19 213 11%
1934  39 539 $ 28 $ 34 21%
1936  38 550 $ 34 $ 78 18%

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Past sales

Pictures Sale Date Version Grade Price
Picture 1 of a sold 50 Cents - George VPicture 1 of a sold 50 Cents - George VPicture 1 of a sold 50 Cents - George VPicture 1 of a sold 50 Cents - George V
Heritage Auctions
2021 October 28 - 29 World & Ancient Coins Signature® Auction 3093
Lot 34468
Internet Archive
Oct 28, 2021 1932 UNC USD 4 560.00
(incl. buyer's premium)

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