• 25 Cents 1992, KM# 213, Canada, Elizabeth II, 125th Anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, Newfoundland
  • 25 Cents 1992, KM# 213, Canada, Elizabeth II, 125th Anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, Newfoundland
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 a fisherman rowing a Grandy Dory surrounded by the facial value and the bilingual legend.

A dory is a small, shallow-draft boat, about 5 to 7 metres or 16 to 23 feet long. It is usually a lightweight boat with high sides, a flat bottom and sharp bows. They are easy to build because of their simple lines. For centuries, dories have been used as traditional fishing boats, both in coastal waters and in the open sea.

The Grandy Dory is a style of boat that was commonly produced in the community of Grand Bank, Newfoundland. The "Grandy" style became popular in the early 20th century when Steven Leonard Grandy was one of four men hired by G. & A. Buffett to build dories. During his tenure as builder with Buffett, Grandy studied the design of other dories and gradually perfected his own idea of a craft suitable for Newfoundland's weather condition and fishing industry. As a testament to its seaworthiness and its ability to stay afloat on the wild Atlantic, some fishermen claimed that it had "three bottoms". The Grandy craftsmen in Grand Bank manufactured over three thousand dories in a period of about 30 years (1940-1970).

Engraver: Christopher Newhook

NEWFOUNDLAND · TERRE-NEUVE
CN
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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