• 1 Cent 1965-1979, KM# 59, Canada, Elizabeth II
  • 1 Cent 1965-1979, KM# 59, Canada, Elizabeth II
Description

1965 obverse varieties:
Large beads: A in REGINA points to right end of a bead (common)
Small beads: A in REGINA points to left end of a bead

Reverse varieties:
Pointed 5: upper right end of 5 is angled 30° from the vertical
Blunt 5: upper right end of 5 is angled 15° from the vertical (common)

KM#59.1: 98% copper, 0.5% tin, 1.5% zinc
KM#59.2: 98% copper, 1.75% tin, 0.25% zinc

1979 coins feature a smaller effigy of the Queen than any of the previous years.

Obverse

Second crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara.

The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara was a wedding present in 1947 from her grandmother, Queen Mary, who received it as a gift from the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland in 1893 on the occasion of her marriage to the Duke of York, later George V. Made by E. Wolfe & Co., it was purchased from Garrard & Co. by a committee organised by Lady Eve Greville. In 1914, Mary adapted the tiara to take 13 diamonds in place of the large oriental pearls surmounting the tiara. At first, Elizabeth wore the tiara without its base and pearls but the base was reattached in 1969. The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara is one of Elizabeth's most recognisable pieces of jewellery due to its widespread use on British banknotes and coinage.

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

Engraver: Arnold Machin

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
1968
K·G
CANADA

Edge

1 Cent

2nd portrait, Round, Heavy Type
KM# 59 Schön# 58
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Characteristics
Material Bronze
Weight 3.24 g
Diameter 19.05 mm
Thickness 1.65 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Alt # KM# 59.1, KM# 59.2
Mint
Royal Canadian Mint (RCM)

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