The Royal Canadian Mint did not issue any 2023-dated Canadian circulation coins featuring both the traditional reverse designs and an obverse featuring Queen Elizabeth II. Instead, a limited collector’s edition for each of the six Canadian coin denominations ($2, $1, 50¢, 25¢, 10¢, 5¢) was released, as well as Birthday, Baby and Ô Canada five coin gift card sets ($2, $1, 25¢, 10¢, 5¢).

As the new King Charles III dies were not yet ready for this coin set, all the obverse designs feature a posthumous effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the addition of the double dates of her reign, 1952-2022.


Fourth portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II, when she was 77 years old, facing right and surrounded by the inscription. Date of the issue above. Below, the four pearls symbolise the four effigies that have graced Canadian coins and the double date of her reign.

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

1952 2022


A beaver, over the inscription CANADA, is surrounded by the facial value, flanked on both sides by a maple leaf.

The beaver (genus Castor) is a large, primarily nocturnal, semiaquatic rodent. Beavers are known for building dams, canals, and lodges (homes). They are the second-largest rodent in the world (after the capybara). Their colonies create one or more dams to provide still, deep water to protect against predators and to float food and building material.

The importance of the beaver in the development of Canada through the fur trade led to its official designation as the national animal in 1975. The animal has long been associated with Canada, appearing on the coat of arms of the Hudson's Bay Company in 1678. As a national symbol, the beaver was chosen to be the mascot of the 1976 Summer Olympics held in Montreal with the name "Amik" ("beaver" in Ojibwe).

Engraver: George Edward Kruger Gray



5 Cents

Transition obverse
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Nickel Plated Steel
Weight 3.95 g
Diameter 21.2 mm
Thickness 1.76 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Alt # RCM# 202193, RCM# 205695, RCM# 205712, RCM# 205719
Royal Canadian Mint (RCM)

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