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1958 Canada Silver Death Dollar : British Columbia Centennial Coin

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”.

1958 Canada Silver Dollar Coin Obverse

1958 Canada Silver Dollar Coin Obverse

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.

1958 Canada Silver Dollar Coin Reverse

1958 Canada Silver Dollar Coin Reverse

Identification code: Canada KM-55

Date: 1958

Mint Mark: n/a

Mintage: 3,039,630

Country of origin: Canada

Composition: 80% silver

Size: 36mm

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

Argentina 1 Peso Coin 1958

This coin is in great condition – I’d consider it EF40-EF45.

On the obverse, you’ll see Liberty facing to the left with lots of loose hairs peeking out from under her liberty cap. The legend reads “Republica Argentina * Libertad *”. The depiction of Liberty reminds me a lot of the Morgan liberty dollars, although she has a very Barber chin.

On the reverse, there’s a boring wreath around a number 1 (although the number has some neat raised borders that are resistant to wear) and the denomination “Peso” and the date at the bottom.

Argentina 1958 1 Peso Coin Obverse

Argentina 1958 1 Peso Coin Obverse

Argentina 1958 1 Peso Coin Reverse

Argentina 1958 1 Peso Coin Reverse

Identification code: Argentina KM-32

Date: 1958

Mint Mark: n/a

Mintage: 118,151,000

Country of origin: Argentina?

Composition: Nickel Clad Steel

Size: 25 mm

Weight: unknown

Other details:

Estimated Value: $0.50-$1