• 1 Cent 1997-2003, KM# 289, Canada, Elizabeth II
  • 1 Cent 1997-2003, KM# 289, Canada, Elizabeth II
Obverse

The crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem, surrounded by the inscription.

The George IV State Diadem, officially the Diamond Diadem, is a type of crown that was made in 1820 for King George IV. The diadem is worn by queens and queens consort in procession to coronations and State Openings of Parliament. The piece of jewellery has been featured in paintings and on stamps and currency. It can be seen in the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace.

ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA means Elizabeth II, by the grace of God, Queen.

Engraver: Dora de Pédery-Hunt

ELIZABETH II D • G • REGINA

Reverse

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
1999
K•G
CANADA

Edge

1 Cent

3rd portrait, Round
KM# 289 Schön# 163a-b
Characteristics
Material Copper Plated Zinc
Weight 2.25 g
Diameter 19.05 mm
Thickness 1.45 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mints
Royal Canadian Mint (RCM)
Royal Canadian Mint (W)

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