The Royal Canadian Mint have issued a new gold coin which is in continuation of the four-coin series featuring the various numismatic portraits of HM Queen Elizabeth II that have appeared on Canadian coinage during the Queen’s reign.
During the Queen’s long reign, there have appeared on Canadian Coinage a total of four portraits or effigies which have graced both circulation and commemorative coins. Great Britain and Canada have shared two portraits on their coinage, the first portrait, designed by sculptor Mary Gillick was in use on Canadian coinage from its introduction in 1953 until 1965 when a new portrait, designed by artist Arnold Machin was adopted. Canada introduced its own effigy of the Queen which was designed by Canadian artist Dora dePedery Hunt. This portrait was in use from 1990 until a new and fourth portrait was adopted in 2003.
The Machin portrait which features on this, the second coin in the series sees the Queen as she was approaching her early forties with her shoulders draped in a flowing garment. She is wearing a tiara given to her by her Grandmother Queen Mary and was photographed wearing this exquisite item which also appeared on Canadian banknotes from 1953 until the late 1960’s when a new note portrait was adopted. The effigy is encircled with the Latin legend “ELIZABETH II” and “D G REGINA,” on either side of the portrait which translates “Elizabeth II, by the grace of God, Queen.”
The reverse carries a graceful maple leaf illustration by botanical artist Celia Godkin. Pointing downward, the two overlapping maple sugar leaves are attached by their stems to a single twig at the top of the image. The leaves are engraved with careful precision using a variety of textures to lend depth to the image. The reverse is engraved with the words “CANADA”, the date “2015”, and the face value of “10 DOLLARS”.
|10 Dollars||.999 Gold||7.8 grams||20 mm.||Proof||1500 pieces|
The first coin in this popular series was issued in September last year, two more coins are scheduled but – should Canada replace the current portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II before or just after the last coin is issued, it is possible that the series will have a fifth and final coin.
For additional information on this coin or to place an order, please visit the Royal Canadian Mint product page. Information offered in English and French, international orders dispatched.