• 25 Cents 2000, KM# 374, Canada, Elizabeth II, Third Millennium, Freedom, Strong and Free
  • 25 Cents 2000, KM# 374, Canada, Elizabeth II, Third Millennium, Freedom, Strong and Free
Description

To celebrate the new millennium, Canada created a two-year circulating commemorative program that was conducted in two parts: one in 1999 and one in 2000. Each program released 12 quarters per year and each featured a unique design.

The 1999 designs were meant to look back on Canada's past, honouring the development and achievements of the nation, while the 2000 designs depicting the hopes and dreams for the future of Canada. While the 1999 coins were labelled with their month of issue, the 2000 coins were labelled with the relevant theme.

Obverse

Depicts the third portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II, when she was 64 years old, facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem and surrounded by the inscription. This was the first to be designed by a Canadian, Dora de Pédery-Hunt.

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.

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: Dora de Pédery-Hunt

ELIZABETH II D • G • REGINA
25 CENTS

Reverse

Depicts two children standing on a maple leaf, hands raised in joy and freedom, all surrounded by the country name below and the bilingual inscription "Freedom 2000" above.

The maple leaf is the characteristic leaf of the maple tree, and is the most widely recognized national symbol of Canada. By the early 1700s, the maple leaf had been adopted as an emblem by the French Canadians along the Saint Lawrence River. The maple leaf slowly caught on as a national symbol: in 1868, it was included in the coat of arms of Ontario and the coat of arms of Quebec, and was added to the Canadian coat of arms in 1921. From 1876 until 1901, the leaf appeared on all Canadian coins, and remained on the penny after 1901. The maple leaf finally became the central national symbol with the introduction of the Canadian flag in 1965, which uses a highly stylized eleven-pointed maple leaf, referring to no specific species of maple.

Engraver: Kathy Vinish

FREEDOM 2000 LIBERTÉ
KV
CANADA

Edge

25 Cents

3rd portrait

Third Millennium
Freedom, Strong and Free

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KM# 374 Schön# 381
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Nickel
Weight 5.1 g
Diameter 23.8 mm
Thickness 1.58 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Royal Canadian Mint (RCM)

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