• 25 Cents 1999, KM# 345, Canada, Elizabeth II, Third Millennium, April, Our Northern Heritage
  • 25 Cents 1999, KM# 345, Canada, Elizabeth II, Third Millennium, April, Our Northern Heritage
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 an Inuit engraving of on owl (wisdom) and a polar bear (power and benefaction), all surrounded by the inscription "CANADA" and the bilingual date: "April 1999".

Engraver's initials in Inuktitut (ᑭᓇᐊᓯᐃ) on the left, the first time the language had appeared on circulation coinage.

Inuit art refers to artwork produced by Inuit people, that is, the people of the Arctic previously known as Eskimos, a term that is now often considered offensive outside Alaska. Historically, their preferred medium was walrus ivory, but since the establishment of southern markets for Inuit art in 1945, prints and figurative works carved in relatively soft stone such as soapstone, serpentinite, or argillite have also become popular.

Engraver: Konojuak Ashevak (1927–2013, was a Canadian artist regarded as one of the most notable Canadian pioneers of modern Inuit art)

APRIL 1999 AVRIL
ᑭᓇᐊᓯᐃ
CANADA

Edge

25 Cents

3rd portrait

Third Millennium
April, Our Northern Heritage

Subscribe series
KM# 345 Schön# 326
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Nickel
Weight 5.05 g
Diameter 23.8 mm
Thickness 1.58 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Royal Canadian Mint (RCM)

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