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King George VI Canadian Commemorative
Silver Dollars

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With the death of King George V in January of 1936 and the abdication by Edward VIII in December of 1936, George VI ascended to the throne. His image appeared on Canada's dollar and other silver coins beginning in 1937 and continued through 1952, the year of his death. 

During his reign, two commemorative silver dollars were struck: the 1939 Royal Visit Silver Dollar and the 1949 Newfoundland Silver Dollar. Here are the details on these two Canadian coins.

1939 Royal Visit Commemorative Canadian Dollar 

1939 Royal Visit Commemorative Canadian Silver DollarThis 1939 commemorative silver dollar features the image of George VI (without crown) on the obverse. Around the coin's rim appears GEORGIVS VI, D:G: which is an abbreviation of Dei Gratia ("God's Grace" also stated as "by the grace of God"), REX (Latin for King) and ET IND: IMP: ("and emperor of India"). Click on either image for a larger view.



1939 Royal Visit Commemorative Canadian Silver DollarThe reverse of this coin highlights King George VI's Canadian visit in that year, the first by a reigning British monarch. The image is of the Parliament Building in Ottawa with Latin inscription above that translates to "He reigns by the faith of his people". Below is imprinted CANADA as the issuing country, the 1939 date and the denomination of 1 DOLLAR. 

A total of 1,363,816 Royal Visit Silver Dollars were minted which includes the higher-grade Specimen Strike Dollars. Most are worth their silver melt value plus the current premium. Most valuable are the Mint State Strikes MS-64 and higher and the Specimen Strikes in the higher grades of SP-63 and up which are worth several hundred dollars.

Canadian silver dollars minted from 1935 through 1967 are 80% silver and 20% copper. Silver content is .600 troy ounces although a well worn coin will contain less. To determine the intrinsic (silver melt) value of a 1939 Canadian dollar multiply .6 times the current spot price of silver.

Example: .6 x $22.00 = $13.20


 

1949 Newfoundland Commemorative Canadian Dollar

1949 Newfoundland Commemorative Canadian Silver DollarThis 1949 commemorative silver dollar features the image of George VI (without crown) on the obverse. Around the coin's rim appears GEORGIVS VI, D:G: which is an abbreviation of Dei Gratia ("God's Grace" also stated as "by the grace of God") and REX (Latin for King). With India's declared independence in 1947, the ET IND: IMP: ("and emperor of India") was removed. Click on either image for a larger view. Click on either image for a larger view.

1949 Newfoundland Commemorative Canadian Silver DollarThe reverse of this coin features a ship (the Mathew) on which John Cabot reportedly landed on Newfoundland in 1497. Beneath the waves of the ship is inscribed FLOREAT TERRA NOVA - Latin for "May the new land flourish". Above the ship is CANADA as the issuing country with the 1949 date and the denomination of (one) DOLLAR below.  

A total of 672,218 Newfoundland Silver Dollars were minted which includes the higher-grade Specimen Strike Dollars. Most are worth their silver melt value plus the current premium. Most valuable are the Specimen Strikes in the higher grades of SP-63 and up.

To determine the intrinsic (silver melt) value of this 60 percent silver coin multiply .6 times the current spot price of silver.

Example: .6 x $22.00 = $13.20


 

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