Canadian Silver Coin Melt Values


The table of values are for Canadian coins that contain silver. The prices listed represent the value of silver within the coin, or their melt values. (Use the Canadian Silver Coin Calculator to interactively calculate how much your old silver coins are worth.)

The silver coin values are based on spot silver prices of $19.49 (US) and $21.18 (CAD) on 9/1/2014 9:29:48 PM GMT.

Silver Coin

Year of Issue

% Silver

Silver Coin Values (CAD)

Silver Coin Values (USD)

$ 0.10 1920-1967 80%
$ 0.10 1967-1968 50%
$ 0.25 1920-1967 80%
$ 0.25 1967-1968 50%
$ 0.50 1920-1967 80%
$ 1.00 1935-1967 80%
Silver Ounce n/a 100%

Canadian Silver Coins by Weight

Silver Coin

Year of
Issue

Weight (grams)

Weight (troy)

# of Coins in Silver Ounce

$ 0.10
1920-1967
1.8640
0.05993
16.7
$ 0.10
1967-1968
1.1650
0.03746
26.7
$ 0.25
1920-1967
4.6640
0.14995
6.7
$ 0.25
1967-1968
2.9150
0.09372
10.7
$ 0.50
1920-1967
9.2960
0.29887
3.3
$ 1.00
1935-1967
18.6640
0.60006
1.7
Silver Ounce
n/a
31.1035
1.00000
1.0

More about Canadian Silver Coins

The above table of coins includes circulating Canadian coins from 1920-1968. These coins contain sterling silver, unlike modern money that contains no bullion unless they are commemorative or collector coins.

The amount of silver within circulating Canadian coins can be determined by their dates. However, knowing the percentage of silver within coins from 1967 and 1968 is more difficult.

  • Coins made between 1920 and 1967 contain 80 percent silver
  • During 1967, the silver composition of circulating coins was reduced from 80 percent to 50 percent. As such, coins were minted that look identical, but are composed of either 80 or 50 percent silver
  • In 1968, the composition of coins was changed to mostly nickel (99 percent). That did not happen at the beginning of the year either. If a coin from this year is strongly attracted by a magnet, it will not be composed of silver.

It's very important to remember that depending on a coin's condition and rarity, its melt value may not be worth as much as its numismatic value. Coins that are sought after by collectors will generally always sale for more than their silver worth.