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Canadian circulating silver coins

when did Canada eliminate silver from it's circulating coins ($1.00. $0.50, $0.25, and $0.10)? what was the percentage of silver? Were all denominations of the same percentage and silver eliminated in the same year?

thanks in advance, Bill


  • 1960NYGiants1960NYGiants Posts: 3,439 ✭✭✭✭

    Canada removed silver in circulating coins starting in 1967 + 1968.
    5, 10, 20, 25, and 50 cents were sterling up to 1919. In 1922 the 5 cents became nickel.
    From 1920 thru 1966 the 10, 25, 50 cents were 80%. in 1967 all 50 cents were 80%.
    Silver $1's were 80% from 1935 thru 1967.
    In 1967 some 10 + 25 cents were 80% and some were 50%.
    In 1968 some 10 + 25 cents were 50% and some nickel.
    All circulating coinage was nickel from 1969 until the introduction of the Loonie and Twoonie.
    Starting in 1999 the RCM started introducing plated coins. Some 1 cent pieces are plated steel (magnetic) others are plated zinc (nonmagnetic).

    This info can be found in the Charlton Catalogue of Canadian Coins v1.


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  • Glen2022Glen2022 Posts: 832 ✭✭✭✭

    great, thank you very much. I Appreciate it. Bill

  • GreenstangGreenstang Posts: 708 ✭✭✭✭

    Besides what 1060NYGiants has mentioned,
    a good on line source is coinsandcanada.com.

  • Glen2022Glen2022 Posts: 832 ✭✭✭✭

    @Greenstang said:
    Besides what 1060NYGiants has mentioned,
    a good on line source is coinsandcanada.com.

    thank you. I looked at the website, and you are correct. A large amount of information on Canadian coins etc. I don't collect Canadian, but I have about $5-$7 of old Canadian coins, most of which are silver, some dating from the early 1900s. That stimulated my curiosity. The price guides on your website will be helpful but I have not analyzed those yet.

    Thanks again, Bill

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