• 5 Cents 1999-2003, KM# 182b, Canada, Elizabeth II
  • 5 Cents 1999-2003, KM# 182b, Canada, Elizabeth II
Obverse

The crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem, surrounded by the inscription.

Letter P below the portrait is a composition mark for plated.

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 D·G·REGINA
P

Reverse

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
CANADA
2001

Edge

5 Cents

3rd portrait, Magnetic
KM# 182b Schön# 164a
Characteristics
Material Nickel Plated Steel
Weight 3.925 g
Diameter 21.2 mm
Thickness 1.76 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Royal Canadian Mint (P)

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