PARCEL SILVER COINS FROM CANADA
SIZE 36 MM
WEIGHT 233 GRAMS
CONDITION FAIR MIXED AS PER IMAGES
SILVER .800 FINE SILVER
Canada's last true silver dollar
Minted from 1935 to 1966 by the Royal Canadian Mint, these classic coins are the last 80% pure silver dollars minted for regular issue by the Canadian government. They feature the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II of England on the obverse, and the image of two intrepid explorers, known as “voyageurs,” paddling a birchbark canoe, on the obverse. The vertical lines above the voyageurs represent the Northern Lights. These lovely coins represent the end of the real silver era and are difficult to find in any real quantity today
In 1964 silver dollars were issued to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference where, in 1864, the negotiations were started that led to Canadian Confederation as a distinct country. Some 1965 dollars are missing the "dot" between T and S of the designers initials, and are known as the "NO DOT" variety.
In 1958, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of British Colombia becoming a British Territory, silver dollars were issued with an image of a Totem Pole (beaver totem) similar to those for which the Coastal Indians of British Colombia are well known.
We are told that to some tribes, this is the "Death Totem", and many Native North Americans refuse to handle these dollars, due to their religious beliefs. This may be an Urban myth.
Mint State Perfect Un-circulated (MS-70) Mint state un-circulated coin in perfect condition, showing no traces of wear, and no blemishes, scratches, handling or contact with other coins. The best quality coin possible.
Choice (Gem) Un-circulated (MS-65-69) An above average un-circulated coin which retains all of the original mint brilliance or luster, and has a very few contact marks on the surface or rim, which are barely noticeable.
Brilliant Un-circulated or BU (MS-60-64) An un-circulated coin having no traces of wear but which has a few contact marks, surface spotting or lacks some of its original luster.
Choice About Un-circulated (AU-55 & 58)
A coin having very light wear on only the highest points of the design but no other defects and with most of its luster remaining.
About Un-circulated (AU-50) Coin has evidence of light wear on many of the high points but at least half of the mint luster is still present.
Extremely Fine (EF-40)
The coin design is lightly worn in most places but all the features remain sharp and well defined.
Choice Very Fine (VF-30)
Light even wear on the surface and highest parts of the design but most major features and the lettering are sharp.
Very Fine (VF-20)
Minor features such as some of the finer hair detail, feathers, etc. will be moderately worn. Shows moderate wear on high points of design. All major details are clear.
Moderate to considerable even wear over most features and the lettering. A lot of the details are worn through but you can still see a good deal of the design.
Very Good (VG-8)
The entire design is weak, but a few details are visible. Well worn throughout but coin rims still visible.
Heavily worn but design and legend still visible although quite weak in spots. Many details are gone.
About Good (AG-3)
Very heavily worn with portions of lettering, date and legends worn smooth and barely discernable.