As the Canadian one cent coin slips into numismatic history after more than 154 years of faithful service, the Royal Canadian Mint wasn’t going to let this occasion go by without minting a tribute grand enough and befitting to the hard-working and much utilized one cent coin. The Royal Canadian Mint have launched (25th September) a five ounce silver coin with a face value of just one cent – also in remembrance of the copper coin which was officially retired from circulation from the 12th May of this year. The Royal Canadian Mint also held a special ceremony to strike the last one cent copper coin and with that officiated – the coin was no more…
The collector’s coin is struck using the iconic Canadian maple leaf design which was created by the well-known numismatic artist George Kruger-Gray and first introduced in 1937, the first year of reign for HM King George VI. The design has continued ever since with the exception of 1967 when a commemorative design was issued marking Canada’s Centennial of Confederation. The obverse includes the present portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II which is currently used on all circulation coinage since 2003.
Weighing in at a hefty 157.6 grams, the coin has a diameter of 65 mm and an authorized mintage of just 1,500 pieces.
For more information on this and other coins on offer by the Royal Canadian Mint, please visit their website at: http://www.mint.ca/store/coin/5-oz-fine-silver-1-cent-coin-farewell-to-the-penny-mintage-1500-2012-prod1550015 International orders fulfilled.