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The Tribute: W Mint Mark series continues with Coin #3

Proudly minted at the Royal Canadian Mint's Winnipeg facility, the circulation-themed Tribute: W Mint Mark series continues with Coin #3.

It is rarely used in day-to-day transactions but Canada’s 50-cent coin continues to be a favourite of collectors year after year. Canada's most elusive circulating coin denomination is celebrated on the third Tribute: W Mint Mark collectible, which invites a renewed appreciation for the intricate heraldic design that imbues this “minted in Winnipeg” tribute with a stately quality.

Coin #3 in the first pure silver collector series struck in Winnipeg.


  • From the Winnipeg Mint. You’ve never seen Canada’s circulation coin designs quite like this: in 99.99% pure silver with a tailored specimen finish, and bearing the “W” mint mark of the Winnipeg Mint.
  • Celebrate Canada’s circulation coins. An affordable series for collectors of all ages, the new Tribute: W Mint Mark series celebrates Canada’s circulation coins and tells their story. This is the first pure silver numismatic series struck at RCM's Winnipeg facility.
  • Honouring history. These circulation coin designs are part of Canada’s history and our heritage, and who better to tell their story than the facility that produces them!
  • Includes serialized certificate. The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins.
  • No GST/HST


Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a black Royal Canadian Mint-branded clamshell with a black beauty box.


Coin #3 of a six-part series of 1 oz. 99.99% pure silver coins, a rarity for the Winnipeg Mint, which typically focuses its efforts on circulation coins rather than numismatic ones, and that’s why the “W” mint mark is so unique.


There’s a satin sheen to the 50-cent coin’s reverse design, and the field’s textured appearance is the result of angled lines inspired by the Winnipeg Mint’s pyramid-shaped building.


Our Winnipeg facility produces up to 4 billion circulation coins in total per year, and while mintages for the other denominations each figure in the millions, only a few hundred thousand 50-cent pieces are produced each year – and they are only available as rolls or in coin sets.


The Dominion of Canada debuted a 50-cent coin as part of the first national coinage issued in 1870 – the year Manitoba entered Confederation as Canada’s fifth province, and more than a century before the Winnipeg plant was established. Once our high-tech facility in Winnipeg was established, its presses have produced every 50-cent circulation coin since 1976, including a commemorative “Canada 150” edition in 2017 – one of the few modern issues with a different reverse design than the heraldic art seen on this coin.

A numismatic tribute to Canada’s 50-cent circulation piece, this all-silver coin’s reverse features the Canadian Coat of Arms design by Cathy Bursey-Sabourin, along with the “W” (Winnipeg) mint mark denoting where this coin was struck. The obverse features the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt. The obverse also bears a special marking that includes four pearls symbolizing the four effigies that have graced Canadian coins and the double date of her reign.


The Royal Canadian Mint is known as one of the most reputable mints in the world. The Ottawa Branch of the Royal Mint opened in 1908 and was renamed The Royal Canadian Mint in 1931 when control was transferred to the Canadian government. The Royal Canadian Mint is renowned for producing some of the highest quality and purity of gold and silver bullion coins and bars in the world. Their high standards for excellence and quality allowed them to be the first refinery to manufacture 9999 fine gold bullion coins in 1982, as well as the first to reach 99999 fine gold purity in 1999.

Royal Canadian Mint
CAD 0.50
Cathy Bursey-Sabourin
1 oz

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