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Canada 1940 25 Cents / 1940 Canadian Quarter

This coin is in VF20 to EF40 condition (depending on how much you penalize it for some dark toning spots).

The obverse shows King George the Sixth facing to the left, bareheaded. The legend reads “Georgivs VI D : G : Rex Et Ind : Imp :” (Latin shorthand for George the 6th, Glorious Leader of the United Kingdom, Emperor of India).

 

Canada 1940 25 Cents (Canadian Quarter) Obverse

Canada 1940 25 Cents (Canadian Quarter) Obverse

The reverse shows an caribou facing to the left. The legend reads “Canada” followed by the date. The denomination is locked in the middle of the caribou’s antlers.

Canada 1940 25 Cents (Canadian Quarter) Reverse

Canada 1940 25 Cents (Canadian Quarter) Reverse

Identification code: Canada KM-35 (minted from 1937-1947)

Date: 1940

Mint Mark: n/a (minted at the Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa)

Mintage: 9,583,650

Country of origin: Canada

Composition: 80% Silver (.1500 oz ASW)

Size: 23.88 mm

Weight: 5.8319g

Estimated Value: $5-6 with silver at ~$30/oz

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