• 25 Cents 1992, KM# 221, Canada, Elizabeth II, 125th Anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, Alberta
  • 25 Cents 1992, KM# 221, Canada, Elizabeth II, 125th Anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, Alberta
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 and the dates "1867-1992".

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 CANADA D·G·REGINA
1867-1992

Reverse

Depicts hoodoos near Drumhelter, a town within the Red Deer River valley in the badlands of east-central Alberta, Canada.

Badlands are a type of dry terrain where softer sedimentary rocks and clay-rich soils have been extensively eroded by wind and water.

A hoodoo (also called a tent rock, fairy chimney or earth pyramid) is a tall, thin spire of rock that protrudes from the bottom of an arid drainage basin or badland. The hoodoos in Drumheller, Alberta are composed of clay and sand deposited between 70 and 75 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period. These hoodoos are able to maintain a unique mushroom-like appearance as the underlying base erodes at a faster rate compared to the capstones, a rate of nearly one centimeter per year, faster than most geologic structures.

Engraver: Melvin (Mel) Heath

ALBERTA
MH
25 CENTS

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Nickel
Weight 5.03 g
Diameter 23.88 mm
Thickness 1.58 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Royal Canadian Mint (RCM)

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