• 1 Dollar 2003-2012, KM# 495, Canada, Elizabeth II
  • 1 Dollar 2003-2012, KM# 495, Canada, Elizabeth II
Description

The loonie (French: huard), formally the Canadian one-dollar coin, is a gold-coloured coin that was introduced in 1987. The most prevalent versions of the coin show a common loon, a bird found throughout Canada. Various commemorative and specimen-set editions of the coin with special designs replacing the loon on the reverse have been minted over the years.

During the 2003 production run the obverse was changed to feature a new, more mature looking effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. In 2006 a new stylized Royal Canadian Mint logo was added below the Queen's effigy.

Obverse

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

ELIZABETH II D·G·REGINA
SB

Reverse

Depicts a common loon, swimming on a lake, country name above, date and facial value below.

The common loon or great northern diver (Gavia immer) is a large member of the loon, or diver, family of birds. Breeding adults have a plumage that includes a broad black head and neck with a greenish, purplish, or bluish sheen, blackish or blackish-grey upperparts, and pure white underparts except for some black on the undertail coverts and vent. Non-breeding adults are brownish with a dark neck and head marked with dark grey-brown. Their upperparts are dark brownish-grey with an unclear pattern of squares on the shoulders, and the underparts, lower face, chin, and throat are whitish. The sexes look alike, though males are significantly heavier than females. During the breeding season, loons live on lakes and other waterways in Canada; the northern United States (including Alaska); and southern parts of Greenland and Iceland.

The common loon is the provincial bird of Ontario, and it appears on Canadian currency, including the one-dollar "loonie" coin and a previous series of $20 bills. In 1961, it was designated the state bird of Minnesota and appears on the Minnesota State Quarter.

Engraver: Robert-Ralph Carmichael

CANADA
RRC
2008
DOLLAR

Edge

1 Dollar

4th portrait
KM# 495 Schön# 523
Characteristics
Material Aureate Bronze Plated Nickel
Weight 7 g
Diameter 26.5 mm
Thickness 1.95 mm
Shape polygon
Sides 11
Alignment Medal
Mints
Royal Canadian Mint (Maple Leaf)
Royal Canadian Mint (RCM)
Royal Canadian Mint (W)

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