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An image of the obverse of a one-dollar coin issued in 2006:
These silver dollars are now found mostly in Numismatist’s collections and with coin dealers and have all been replaced by the “Loonie”.
Obverse of a 25 cent coin issued in 2009 showing the Royal Canadian Mint mark, (based on RCM's logo) below the queen's portrait/bust, which has been engraved on all issued coins since October 2006:
The specifications of this coin are Diameter 23.88 mm, thickness 1.58 mm, weight 4.4 gms, Composition Steel 94%, Copper 3.8%, Nickel 2.2%. Edge is milled.
(The above scanned images of a ten cent coin are from the collection of Jayant Biswas).
Reverse of a 10 cent coin issued in 2011 showing the "Bluenose" racing yacht (from Mr. Lalingkar's collection).
Its specifications are Diameter 18.03 mm, thickness 1.22 mm, weight 1.75 gms, Composition Steel 92%, copper 5.5% nickel 2.5%.
Obverse of a 5 cents coin issued in 2008.
The diameter of this coin is 21.2 mm, thickness 1.76mm, weight 3.95 gms, Composition: Steel 94.5%, Copper 3.5%, nickel 2%. The coin is 12-sided with a plain edge.
Obverse of a one cent coin issued in 1981.
Reverse of the one cent coin issued in 1981.
Obverse of a one cent coin issued in1986.
Reverse of the one cent coin issued in 1986.
The specifications of this coin are Diameter 19.05 mm, weight 2.35 gms, composition Steel 94%, Nickel 1.5%, Copper 4.5%, Edge is plain.
Also, while pennies can be redeemed at financial institutions the Canadian Government is encouraging citizens to consider donating them to charities. (It occurs to me that, perhaps, giving them to coin collectors/coin bloggers/coin websites could be more useful, as this will go a long way in preserving the historic heritage of the one penny coins for posterity).
The addition of two laser marks of maple leaves, each within a circle, on the lower side of the coin’s reverse, a virtual image of two maple leaves on the upper side of the coin, which results in a different image being seen, when the coin is turned from side to side.
Another interesting feature is that the virtual image is produced by engraving different designs on each side of two-sided grooves on the face of the coin.
A third difference is that the edge inscriptions “CANADA” and 2 DOLLARS” are engraved along the outer edge of the coin. An image of the edge is shown below:
- To celebrate the new millennium in 1999 and 2000, commemorative coins were issued in both years.
Again, in April 2008, a $2 circulating coin was issued by the Royal Canadian mint to celebrate the Quadricentennial (400 years) of founding of Quebec City.