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Canadian Silver Coins

Canadian silver coins are available for sale at Gainesville Coins!

You can buy modern silver bullion coins from the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) or historical Canadian silver coins.

Silver coins from Canada can be broadly divided between silver coins minted before 1919 and silver coins minted after 1919.


Pre-1919 Silver Canadian Coins


Canadian silver coins minted before 1919 were 92.5% pure silver and were limited to half dollars, quarters and dimes.

Silver half dollars were minted between 1870–1919, silver quarters from 1870–1919, and silver dimes from 1858–1919.

Silver half dollars minted before 1919 have an average silver weight of 0.3469 troy ounce, silver quarters have an average silver weight of 0.1734 oz, and silver dimes have an average silver weight of 0.0691 oz.


Post-1919 Silver Canadian Coins


Canadian silver coins minted after 1919 contained 80% silver and 20% copper.

Until 1935, only silver half-dollars, quarters and dimes were minted. $1 dollar face value of Canadian silver coins minted between 1920–1967 have an average silver weight of 0.60 troy ounce.

From 1967–1968 Canadian silver quarters and Canadian silver dimes were minted containing 50% silver.


Canadian Silver Maple Leaf


The modern standard for Canada's silver coins is the Canadian Maple Leaf. Its purity is 99.9%, or .999 fine silver.

The Silver Maple Leaf has been minted every year since 1988.

Investors have made the Silver Maple one of the most popular bullion coins in the world. Each coin contains 1 troy ounce of pure silver by weight.

Special collectible series of silver coins have been issued by the Royal Canadian Mint, as well.

One popular example is the Birds of Prey series. These coins are struck from extra-pure .9999 fine silver.