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Canadian Dollar Coins Including Silver Dollars

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Intro Photo: Canadian Voyageur Dollar Coin Image

Canadian Voyageur Dollar Coin

Canadian Voyageur Dollar Coin

Canadian Silver Dollar Coins

The first Canadian Silver Dollar was released in 1935, featuring a canoe being paddled by two indigenous people. It was titled Voyaguer. The background shows the Northern Lights. These symbols show the acceptance of the First People, the beauty of Canada, and the wilderness being explored.


Canadian coins are currently struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, and all dollar coins have been struck since the mint began operation. canada has been a leader in quality of its coinage.


Information in this lens is public knowledge, Sources used include 2015 North American Coins & Prices, and the Royal Canadian Mint website.

Photo Credit: The image is my own.

The Voyager Silver Dollar

The 1935 and 1936 Voyaguer silver dollars have the effigy showing crowned head of King George V of Britain on the obverse. In 1937, the effigy of bear head of King George VI was first used on the obverse of the coins. This remained the design on the obverse until it was replaces by the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

The composition of the early Canadian silver dollars is 0.6000 Troy ounce of silver with a purity of 0.8000. The last silver Voyager Silver Dollars were dated 1966, and when the design was resumed in 1968 the dollars were made of nickel. After 1987, the design was no longer used.

In 1972 and in 1985, a second version of the Voyager Silver Dollar was made with 0.3750 ounce silver, and a purity of 0.5000.

Voyager Silver Dollar, Canadian

Loon (Loonie)

First issued in 1987, the loon is an eleven-sided coin minted in aureate-bronze plated nickel. The image on these coins shows the loon is swimming.

In 1997, the tenth anniversary loon was minted in 0.9250 Sterling silver, and each contained 0.7487 ounce of silver. The eleven-sided coin design was used for these special coins. The loon is flying on the reverse of the silver coins. An aureate version of the 1997 loon dollar also exists.

In 2004 the Olympic Flame and Rings and a Maple Leaf were added above the loon. This coin exists in two versions, the plated nickel and the Sterling Silver, versions with 0.2769 ounce of silver. Several other loon dollars were issued with various added images. In 2006, a Sterling Silver loon was issued with the loon in flight, and the loon has colored Olympic Rings above it. In 2010 both a nickel and a Sterling Silver loon were issued with the Canadian team logo. The logo is colorized on the Sterling Silver coin.

2012 is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the popular loonie. Three different iversions have been minted for these coins, a special image of a flock on loonies appears on the bronze plated specimen coin, and the usual image is used on the silver plated and gold plated coins.

The Sterling Silver loons have a silver content of 0.7487 ounce to as little as 0.2082 ounce.

1989 Loon

The Monarch Effigy

On coins bearing the effigy of the British Monarch, it is normal to have each monarch shown in the opposite profile to the prior monarch. The quandary of reversing the profile occurred when King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in the same calander year that he became king. Some few coins were issued with his effigy. So, to remain consistent with the rest of the British Empire, the effigies of both King George V and King George VI face left. Had a coin been struck for KingEdward VIII his image in would face right.

Commemorative Canadian Dollar Coins Up tp Year 2000

The Canadian Silver Dollar has been used to honor places, from the country as a whole to Provinces and even localities such as cities. As the provinces had centennials, the Royal Canadian Mint produced a dollar coin, often with a silver content. Other coins were issued for significan events, such as a Royal visit.


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Sterling silver dollars (0.925 pure) are listed below.

Stagecoach service - 1992

Stanley Cup Hockey - 1993

Last RCMP Sled-Dog Patrol - 1969 - 1994

Hudson Bay Company - 1995

McIntosh Apple - 1796 1996

25-th Anniversary Hockey Victory - 1972 - 1997

Loon Dollar 10th Anniversary - 1987 - 1997

120th Anniversary Royal Canadian Mounted Police - 1873 - 1998

International Year of Old Persons - 1999

Discovery of Queen Charlotte Isle - 1999

Voyage of Discovery - 2000


A list of 0.800 silver dollars is given below.

Royal Visit - 1939

Confederation Centennial - 1867 - 1967

A list of 0.500 silver dollars is given below

British Columbia - 1971 and 1972

Mountie - 1873 - 1973

Calgary - 1875 - 1975

Parliment Library - 1876 - 1976

Silver Jubilee (Elizabeth II) 1952 - 1977

XI Commonwealth Games 1978

Griffon - 1979

Arctic Territories - 1980

Transcontinental Railroad - 1981

Regina 1882 - 1982

Edmonton University Games - 1983

Toronto esquicentennial - 1984

National Parks - 1885 - 1985

Vancouver - 1886 - 1986

Ironworks 1988

MacKenzie River - 1989

Henry Kelsey - 1690 - 1990

S. S.Frontenac - 1991



Dollar coins made of nickel are listed below.

Manitoba - 1969

British Columbia - 1971

Prince Edward Island - 1873 - 1973

Winnipeg Cetennial - 1874 - 1974

Constitution - 1867 - 1982

Jacques Cartier - 1534 - 1984

War Memorial - 1994

Loon Dollar 10th Anniversary - 1987 - 1997


Other dollars, listed below, were minted in aureate.

Parliment - 1867 - 1992

Peacekeeping Monument in Ottawa - 1995



Canadian Gold Dollar Coins (Louis)

The Louis Dollar is a small gold coin. It contains 1.5000 g of gold, which is 0.0482 ounce. The purity of the gold is 0.9990. The Louis Dollar was struck in 2006, 2007, and 2008. All Louis Dollars from those years are proof coins.

These coins are all very rare, due to incredibly low mintages. They are not often available. The good thing is not everyone knows what these coins are, so it is quite possible to get a real bargain when one does appear for auction.

Are These Canadian Dollars Collectible?

Yes, and their relatively low price compared to United States issues, along with their relative newness, with some pieces being very recent, make these well worth collecting. Obtaining international coins is no longer a problem with sites like eBay, and their beauty and affordability make them rather significant.

As with other coins, it is highly recommended that pieces be uncirculated, or even proof. Notice the value you get with this upgrade.

Small & Large Bead Variety 1965 & 1966 Canadian Silver Dollars

Amazing Canada Silver Dollar Pick Ups - Hidden Investment Bullion

An Unbelievable Deal

The Royal Canadian Mint offers several coins, dollar coins among them, to collectors at face value. Sealed in groups by the mint, what easier way to start a collection can you imagine? While this seems too good to be true, it is a real way of starting a collection.

So what is the catch? The twenty dollar coins are available to U. S. and Canadian residents in a strict limit. Unfortunately, other issues, including dollar coins, are available only to Canadian residents. And they have strict limits. But, if you live in Canada, take advantage of the offers.

Valuable Canadian Dollars

Collecting is easier when done with knowledge. Coin collecting is no different. Find important information such as mintages in the book North American Coins & Prices. An annual version of this guide issued.

North American Coins & Prices

Please leave your comments on these wonderful coins here.

kabbalah lm on February 27, 2013:

I like Canadian coins

anonymous on July 20, 2012:

I think the Silver Maple Leaf is one of the most beautiful coins in the world. Been collecting them here in the US along with our Silver Eagles.

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on July 05, 2012:

I loved the old silver dollars but the Loonie fits in pretty good with our Canadian coins too.

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on June 19, 2012:

These are beautiful coins. I've never seen any of them. I did find a Canadian dime last year! ;o)

Rose Jones on June 12, 2012:

I lived in Canada in the 90's. I would have held onto my Loonies, rather than using them in soda machines if I had known they could possibly be worth something.

sheezie77 on June 04, 2012:

Great lens! Well done

anonymous on May 29, 2012:

Another excellent presentation by you, I had no idea that there were so many Canadian Dollar coins.

Close2Art LM on May 29, 2012:

I recently started collecting silver coins and this was some great info

Camden1 on May 26, 2012:

I love that it's called the "loonie"! Thanks for sharing this great write-up!

flycatcherrr on May 25, 2012:

Nice tribute to the loonie! I don't know if you remember the "lucky loonie" of the 2002 winter Olympics in Salt Lake City? One of the ice-makers planted a loonie at centre ice, because the big logo was making it hard for the ref to see where to drop the puck. When both the Canadian men's and women's hockey teams won gold, a superstition was born. :) One of my favourite sports legends.

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