• 1 Cent 1990-1996, KM# 181, Canada, Elizabeth II
  • 1 Cent 1990-1996, KM# 181, Canada, Elizabeth II
Description

The first coin designed by a Canadian woman.

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

The portrait in right profile of Elizabeth II, when she was 64 years old, is surrounded with the inscription "ELIZABETH II D • G • REGINA" (Elizabeth II, Queen by the grace of God).

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
1995
K·G
CANADA

Edge

1 Cent

3rd portrait, Polygon
KM# 181 Schön# 162
Characteristics
Material Bronze
Weight 2.5 g
Diameter 19.1 mm
Thickness 1.45 mm
Shape polygon
Sides 12
Alignment Medal
Mint
Royal Canadian Mint (RCM)

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