The Elizabeth II Canadian Silver Half Dollar minted between 1953 and 1966 was struck from .800 fine silver and contain an actual silver weight of .30 troy oz. These silver 50 cent pieces featured the Mary Gillick -designed bust of Elizabeth between 1953 and 1964, with last two years using a design by Arnold Machin. Both designs show the right profile of the Queen, and the Latin abbreviation of her title: “Elizabeth II, By the Grace of God Queen.”
The reverse features the crowned Royal Arms of Elizabeth II. On the coin minted from 1953 to 1958, the denomination of 50 Cents is at the top of the coin, split by the crown. At the bottom of the crown was inscribed CANADA with the year-date.
In 1959 the reverse was changed to a design by Thomas Shingles. This design moved the Arms down a bit, and put the date alone at top, split by the crown. The word CANADA moved to the left of the arms, and the denomination ran down the right side.
These coins measure 29.7mm across and have a total weight of 11.66 grams (.375 ozt). Orders will be filled with coins of random dates and condition from inventory on-hand.