• 2 Dollars 2008, KM# 1040, Canada, Elizabeth II, 400th Anniversary of the Founding of Quebec City
  • 2 Dollars 2008, KM# 1040, Canada, Elizabeth II, 400th Anniversary of the Founding of Quebec City
Description

Quebec City (French: Ville de Québec) is the capital city of the Canadian province of Quebec. The narrowing of the Saint Lawrence River proximate to the city's promontory, Cap-Diamant (Cape Diamond), and Lévis, on the opposite bank, provided the name given to the city, Kébec, an Algonquin word meaning "where the river narrows". Founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, Quebec City is one of the oldest cities in North America.

Obverse

Fourth portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II, when she was 77 years old, facing right and surrounded by the inscription.

The date was moved to the reverse side of the coin, and "D.G. REGINA" was removed for this issue only. As the date was moved to the reverse side of this commemorative coin, the Mint Mark was moved to the core of the coin on the obverse, to the immediate left of Her Majesty's effigy.

Engraver: Susanna Blunt

CANADA
ELIZABETH II

Reverse

The design is dominated by a large fleur-de-lis. Other elements include Samuel de Champlain's ship, and lines representing the St. Lawrence River.

Explorer Samuel de Champlain arrived on the ship Don de Dieu, or "Gift of God" to found Quebec in 1608. Don de Dieu is one of three ships that set sail from France under Captain Henry Couillard in the spring of 1608 to Tadoussac, from where the men, bringing the materials, reached on small boats what is now the Vieux-Québec (Canada), on July 3, 1608, date of the founding of Quebec City. The ship is remembered in the motto of Quebec City: Don de Dieu feray valoir, "I shall put God's gift to good use."

Designer: Genevieve Bertrand
Engraver: William Woodruff

VILLE DE
QUÉBEC
CITY
1608 2008
GB
2 DOLLARS

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Nickel
Center Aluminium Bronze
Weight 7.3 g
Diameter 28 mm
Thickness 1.8 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Royal Canadian Mint (RCM)

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