• 1 Cent 2003-2012, KM# 490, Canada, Elizabeth II
  • 1 Cent 2003-2012, KM# 490, Canada, Elizabeth II

During the 2003 production run the obverse was changed to feature a new, more mature looking effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Susanna Blunt and Susan Taylor. The policy of marking plated coins with a "P" continued. By 2006 all one cent pieces were manufactured using the plated steel process, so it was no longer necessary to differentiate them with the "P" marking. Instead, the new stylized logo for the Royal Canadian Mint took it's place below the Queen's effigy.


Fourth portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II, when she was 77 years old, facing right and surrounded by the inscription.

Dei Gratia Regina (often abbreviated to D. G. Regina and seen as D·G·REGINA) is a Latin title meaning By the Grace of God, Queen.

Engraver: Susanna Blunt



A maple leaf twig is surrounded by the facial value, date and the inscription CANADA.

In 1834 the St. Jean-Baptiste Society, a French-Canadian patriotic group, adopted the maple leaf as their group symbol. In 1836 the newspaper "Le Canadien" named the maple leaf the official symbol of Canada, and by 1860 members of the Regiment of Royal Canadians were sporting the leaf on their badges. The leaf was featured on both the British and French-Canadian coat of arms, and it's been used on currency since the end of the 19th century. It was also a Canadian military symbol during both World Wars. The maple was designated as Canada's national tree in 1996.

Engraver: George Edward Kruger Gray



1 Cent

4th portrait, Non-magnetic
KM# 490 Schön# 518a
Material Copper Plated Zinc
Weight 2.25 g
Diameter 19.05 mm
Thickness 1.45 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Royal Canadian Mint (Maple Leaf)
Royal Canadian Mint (P)
Royal Canadian Mint (RCM)

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