• 5 Cents 1992, KM# 205, Canada, Elizabeth II, 125th Anniversary of the Canadian Confederation
  • 5 Cents 1992, KM# 205, Canada, Elizabeth II, 125th Anniversary of the Canadian Confederation
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.

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

Reverse

A beaver, over the inscription CANADA with the double date 1867-1992, is surrounded by the facial value, flanked on both sides by a maple leaf.

Engraver: George Edward Kruger Gray

5 CENTS
K·G
CANADA
1867-1992

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Cupronickel
Weight 4.6 g
Diameter 21.2 mm
Thickness 1.76 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Royal Canadian Mint (RCM)

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