80% Canadian Silver Half-Dollar

The Canadian Half-Dollar was only minted between 1920 and 1967. Although it isn’t made up of silver completely, it remains a popular item for precious metal investors. Continue reading for more facts about the Canadian Half-Dollar and how you can purchase your own.


Front / Obverse

The front side of the Canadian Half-Dollar coin always includes a portrait of a British king or queen. These portraits include King George V, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II.
Designer: Various designers

Rear / Reverse

The reverse of the Canadian half-dollar usually includes the Canadian coat-of-arms. It honors Canada’s four founding nations of England, Scotland, Ireland and France. Before 1936, the back side showed crossed maple tree branches.
Designer: Thomas Shingles



The 80% Canadian Half-Dollar was first minted after World War I. Half-dollars were minted before then, but the silver content was dropped to 80% due to the war shortages. The 80% Canadian Half-Dollars were used until 1967 when silver was no longer used in half-dollars. Since silver coins are no longer minted, half-dollars are very popular with collectors.