2016 50c Canadian Circulation Rolls in Special Wrap

by CoinNews.net on April 5, 2016 · 3 comments

Today, April 5, the Royal Canadian Mint started selling circulation rolls of 2016-dated 50-cent pieces.

2016 Canadian 50c Special Wrap Circulation Roll

Here is a Royal Canadian Mint image of its 2016 50c Special Wrap Circulation Roll. Special illustrated paper wraps the twenty-five coins of the roll. To the right appears a colored likeness of Canada’s Coat. The left offers the Royal Canadian Mint’s logo along with "$12.50 in 50¢" or "12,50$ en 50¢," depending upon the side of the roll.

For CAD $24.95, or about US $19, collectors can buy a specially-wrapped roll that includes twenty-five 50-cent coins. The coins probably won’t be available for too long. Rolls from past years sold out quickly.

Canadian 50-cent coins are harder to find because they haven’t been issued for general circulation since 2004. New ones are only available in collector products like these. This year, more collectors should have an opportunity to get them as the Mint increased their mintage to 32,000 from 25,000, although the household ordering limits were also raised to 5 rolls from 3 rolls.

Coin reverses feature Canada’s Coat of Arms, proclaimed by King George V in 1921 as a representation of the country and its political roots. Included in the design are images from France (the fleur-de-lis), England (the three royal lions and rose), Scotland (royal Scottish lion and thistle), and Ireland (the royal Irish harp of Tara and shamrock).

Canada’s Coat of Arms did not appear on the fifty-cent coins until 1937, and it wasn’t until 1959 that design was changed to include Canada’s motto: A Mari Usque ad Mare — "from sea to sea." In 1997, the first issues featuring the addition of the Order of Canada’s motto were struck.

Reverses also include the inscriptions of "CANADA," "2016" and "50 CENTS." Obverses offer Susanna Blunt’s effigy of the Queen with surrounding inscriptions of "ELIZABETH II" and "D G REGINA."

Rolls of the three-ply nickel finish plated steel coins may be ordered directly from the Royal Canadian Mint at www.mint.ca. Here’s an affiliate link to themicon.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Dave April 5, 2016 at 10:51 am

Thanks for the heads up. Usually by the time I remember these are sold out.
Got them this year!

Seth Riesling April 5, 2016 at 9:03 pm

This article is missing one important inscription on the reverse of the coin – the motto of the Order of Canada: “Desiderantes Meliorem Patriam”- “They desire a better country”

-NumisDudeTX

Seth Riesling April 7, 2016 at 11:47 am

Dave –

The RCM just issued its newest 2016 $100 for $100 silver coin yesterday for us Mint Master’s Club members for advanced purchase. It features two whales. Beautiful coin!

Happy collecting!

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