Queen Elizabeth Gold Coin
Queen Elizabeth II coinageSeveral series of coins were issued under the reign of Elizabeth II, including the current series. The first was the 1953-1964 coins. The updated Obverse (mature portrait) of the Queen was added to all coins in 1965. For 1959, the 50¢ piece Reverse was redesigned, updating the Canada Crest. In 1968, the 10¢ and higher denominations were debased, their silver alloy being replaced by nickel. The dime of 1969 has two varieties, a large 9 (rare) and small 9 (common). In 1973, an RCMP quarter came out; it also has two varieties, a large bust(rare) and small bust (common).
In 1987, the loonie was introduced, replacing the voyageur dollar with a new design, new colour, and smaller size. This coin also replaced the $1 bill, which was subsequently withdrawn from circulation by the Bank of Canada. In February 1996, the $2 coin, or toonie, was released; it currently has three varieties. (Early examples had problems with the centres being punched out in circulation.) The toonie replaced the $2 bill. To date there have been four different obverse portraits of the Queen used on Canadian coinage, with new portraits introduced in 1953, 1965, 1990 and 2003. Prior to 1990, the Queen's portraits (1953 by Mary Gillick and 1965 by Arnold Machin) were designed by the British Royal Mint, and were similar to those used on British, Australian and New Zealander coinage. The 1990 and 2003 portraits are designed by Canadian artists, 1990 effigy by Dora dePedery-Hunt and 2003 effigy by Susanna Blunt, and are unique to Canadian coinage.
In 2000 all coins below $1 were changed to steel with copper or nickel plating; in 2012 this was extended to the $1 and $2 coins as well. The 50¢ piece is regularly minted, but not in large quantities; it is very rare to come across this coin in circulation, although an unsuccessful attempt was made by the Mint to promote the use of the coin when a special edition was released in 2002 marking the 50th anniversary of Elizabeth II ascending the throne.
Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Coin
The year 2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. To commemorate this special occasion, we are proud to present this beautiful coloured coin.
• Your stunning coloured coin commemorates the Coronation of Her Majesty.
• Your coin features a specimen finish with colour.
• Limited mintage of 15,000 coins.
This coloured cupronickel coin captures the spirit of Canadian artist Phil Richards’ 2012 official portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in celebration of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee. The reverse also features the engraved word “CANADA,” the date “2013” and the face value of “25 CENTS.”
Finishspecimen with colour
Weight (g) 0
Diameter (mm) 35
Face value25 cents
ArtistDiamond Jubilee Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Phil Richards (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Coin Sets
The Queen is one of the world's most recognized and most-travelled monarchs. As the 60th year of her reign begins, she continues to draw enthusiastic admirers wherever she goes. The British monarchy has marked a Diamond Jubilee only once throughout its 1,200-year history -- for Queen Victoria in 1897. For Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee, it is a source of pride in England and the Commonwealth -- a rare milestone of exceptional service and devotion to be celebrated the world over.
Specifications - Gold Set:
UK Gold Proof £5 Coin -- Mintage 3,850, Composition: 0.9167 Au, Finish: proof, Weight (g): 39.94, Diameter (mm): 38.61, Edge: Inscription: A VOW MADE GOOD, Artist: Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS (reverse), Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS (obverse).
Canadian Gold Proof $300 Coin -- Mintage: 1,500, Composition: 0.99999 fine gold, Finish: proof, Weight (g): 22.0, Diameter (mm): 25.0, Artist: Laurie McGaw (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)
Australian Gold Proof 50¢ Coin -- Mintage: 375, Composition: 0.9999 fine gold, Finish: proof, Weight (g): 33.63, Diameter (mm): 31.51, Artist: Michael Meszaros (reverse), Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS (obverse)
Specifications - Silver Set:
UK Silver Proof £5 Coin -- Mintage 75,000, Composition: 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper, Finish: proof, Weight (g): 28.28, Diameter (mm): 38.61, Artist: Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS (reverse & obverse)
Canadian Silver Proof $20 Coin -- Mintage 15,000, Composition: 99.99% pure silver, Finish: proof, Weight (g): 31.39, Diameter (mm): 38.0, Artist: Laurie McGaw (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)
Australian Silver Proof 50¢ Coin -- Mintage 4,000, Composition: 99.9% pure silver, Finish: proof, Weight (g): 18.24, Diameter (mm): 31.51, Artist: Michael Meszaros (reverse), Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS (obverse)