• 1 Cent 1992, KM# 204, Canada, Elizabeth II, 125th Anniversary of the Canadian Confederation
  • 1 Cent 1992, KM# 204, Canada, Elizabeth II, 125th Anniversary of the Canadian Confederation
Description

125th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation occurred in 1992. Canadian Confederation was the process by which the British colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick were united into one Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867. Upon confederation, the old province of Canada was divided into Ontario and Quebec; along with Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, the new federation thus comprised four provinces. Over the years since Confederation, Canada has seen numerous territorial changes and expansions, resulting in the current union of ten provinces and three territories.

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 and the inscription CANADA, with the double date 1867-1992.

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
1867-1992
K·G
CANADA

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
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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