The Canadian dollar is the official currency in Canada. The first coin issued were 1, 5, 10 and 20 cents by Canada’s Providence in 1858. Then in 1870, the 25 and 50 cents were introduced. One year later, the government approved the Uniform Currency Act to unify the currency in all country Provinces. The first 1 dollar coin was issued in 1987, followed by a 2 dollar coin in 1996. Currently are circulating coin in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 cents, and 1 and 2 dollars.
The 50 Cents coin front design features an Elizabeth II (Queen of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth realms) portrait. The reverse coin design has the national arms of Canada, the denomination (It honors the four founding nations of Canada: England, Scotland, Ireland, and France. The inscription, “A Mari usque ad Mare,” means “from sea to sea”; the second inscription, “Desiderantes meliorem patriam,” means “they desire a better country.”), and the lettering “CANADA”. This coin is part of the 2006 series, its rim is plain, and its color is silver.
Text: 50 Cents, Elizabeth II D·G·Regina, P, SB, KG, Canada,A Mari usque ad Mare,Desiderantes meliorem patriam, 2005.