Obverse. Photo © Royal Mint
  • 20 Dollars 2021, Canada, Elizabeth II, 95th Anniversary of Birth of Elizabeth II
  • 20 Dollars 2021, Canada, Elizabeth II, 95th Anniversary of Birth of Elizabeth II
  • 20 Dollars 2021, Canada, Elizabeth II, 95th Anniversary of Birth of Elizabeth II, Two-coin Proof set
Description

2021 marks the Queens 69th year on the throne, she is Britain's longest-reigning monarch and she was the only British monarch to ever turn 95 whilst still on the throne.

Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; 1926–2022) was Queen of the United Kingdom and of 14 other Commonwealth realms. Her reign of 70 years and seven months, which began on 6 February 1952, was the longest of any British monarch in history.

When her father died in February 1952, Elizabeth—then 25 years old—became queen regnant of seven independent Commonwealth countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon (Sri Lanka), as well as Head of the Commonwealth. Elizabeth reigned as a constitutional monarch through major political changes such as the Troubles in Northern Ireland, devolution in the United Kingdom, the decolonisation of Africa, and the United Kingdom's accession to the European Communities and withdrawal from the European Union. The number of her realms varied over time as territories have gained independence and some realms have become republics.

Times of personal significance have included the births and marriages of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, her coronation in 1953 and the celebrations of her Silver, Golden, Diamond, and Platinum jubilees in 1977, 2002, 2012, and 2022, respectively.

Issued as part of a 2-coin set with a 2 Pounds UK silver proof.

Obverse

Depicts ornamental flourishes and the four effigies of Her Majesty that have appeared on Canadian coins since 1953 (clockwise from the top): the “uncrowned” effigy by Susanna Blunt (2003-present); the 1990-2002 “diademed” effigy by Dora de Pédery-Hunt; the 1965-1989 “tiara” effigy by Arnold Machin; and the 1953-1964 “laureate” effigy by Mary Gillick.

ELIZABETH II
2021
D • G • REGINA

Reverse

Depicts the Queen Elizabeth II Equestrian Statue. Country name, mintmark and value above.

Unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1992, the sculpture was created by Jack Harman of British Columbia (1927-2001) in recognition of the 40th year of her reign and as part of Canada’s 125th anniversary celebrations. She is depicted riding astride her horse Centenial, a gift from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to mark their 100th anniversary. The bronze statue is one and a half times larger than life, standing at 4 metres tall. It is the world’s first equestrian statue of Her Majesty The Queen.

Designers: Royal Canadian Mint Engravers / Jack Harman

CANADA 20 DOLLARS

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.9999
Weight 31.39 g
Diameter 38 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Royal Canadian Mint (Maple Leaf)

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