50 Cents - Elizabeth II Empress of Ireland

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Empress of Ireland) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Empress of Ireland) -  reverse

© B.Bédard

Features

Country Canada
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2014
Value 50 Cents
0.50 CAD = 0.38 USD
Currency Canadian dollar (1858-date)
Composition Silver plated copper
Weight 32.82 g
Diameter 42 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 1636
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Thomas Michael (editor), Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Thomas Michael (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.

Commemorative issue

Lost Ships in Canadian Waters Series

Obverse

Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II facing right.

Lettering:
Elizabeth II
D.G.Regina
SP/PA

Engraver: Susanna Blunt

Susanna Blunt is a Canadian portrait artist who designed the most recent portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the current Canadian coinage, which began in 2003. She was born in Harbin, China, the daughter of an English banker. Blunt started her studies at the Banff School of Fine Arts as a young teenager.

Reverse

The coin is the first in a series commemorating sunken Canadian ships, and this particular coin marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the "Empress of Ireland." The coin shows the ship in the dark thick fog.

Lettering:
50 Cents
1914-2014
Canada

Engraver: Yves Bérubé

Edge

Serrated

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2014  15,000 First coin in the series

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