This coin is in VF30 to EF40 condition – it is in great but circulated shape. There are major scratches that pit some areas of the surface.
On the obverse, a young Queen Elizabeth the 2nd is shown in profile, facing to the right. A laurel wreath is on her head, and a ribbon ties her hair up in a coif. At a guess, the queen was between 16 and 25 when she sat for this portrait. The legend reads “Elizabeth II Dei Gratia Regina”.
The reverse shows a totem pole with a raven engraving. Totem poles are used in many Indigenous Canadian cultures, such as the Tsimshian, Haida, Nuu-Chah-Nulth (Nootka), Nuxalk (Bella Coola), Central Coast, and Coast Salish peoples. For many of these tribes, the raven was a symbol of death. So, this coin is sometimes called the “death dollar”. The totem stands on the word “Dollar”, mountains are shown in the background, and other elements of the coin include the legend “Canada”, “British Columbia”, and “1858 1958”. This silver dollar commemorates the centennial of the Mainland becoming a British Colony in the middle of the 19th century.
Identification code: Canada KM-55
Mint Mark: n/a
Country of origin: Canada
Composition: 80% silver
Weight: 23.3276 grams (0.600 oz ASW)
Other details: A famous Raven totem was recently repatriated to Jasper National Park in Canada. It will be unveiled on June 21st, 2011 to mark Aboriginal Day.
Estimated Value: $25-35 with silver at $35/oz