On January 2, 1908, Countess Alice Grey, wife of Canada’s ninth Governor-General, Albert Henry George Grey, struck Canada’s first domestically produced coin: a 1-cent piece. In 1911, the ascension of George V to England’s throne necessitated a change in the sovereign effigy on the obverse of Canadian coinage. In 1920, The Royal Mint introduced a new design for the penny, created by Fred Lewis, featuring two maple leaves flanking the words “ONE CENT” beneath the word “CANADA” on the coin’s reverse side. Seeking to modernize the appearance of Canadian coinage, the Royal Canadian Mint introduced G. Kruger-Gray’s iconic maple leaf twig design, which remained the penny’s reverse image every year (except 1967) until 2012. To celebrate Canada’s centennial, famed Canadian artist Alex Colville created a special commemorative set of coin designs for 1967. In an effort to make it easier for the visually impaired to distinguish between coin denominations, the shape of the maple leaf twig penny was altered from perfectly round to 12-sided. The round design was reintroduced in 1997 and the penny remained round until its last year of production. This unique set features all the penny’s reverse designs throughout Canadian history until the penny’s last year in 2012 (including a special design by Alex Colville commemorating Canada’s Centennial in 1967). 5-coin penny set, each 1/10 ounce of fine silver (99.99% pure)! Low worldwide mintage of 5,000. Certificate includes detailed history of the penny. Each coin has a 1 cent denomination, 2.94 g in weight, with a diameter of 19.1 mm. Each coin in your 5-coin set features a design from years past from different artists. Small leaves design originally by George W. Small leaves design originally by W. Two maple leaves design originally by Fred Lewis. Centennial design originally by Alex Colville. Maple twig design by G. All coins are embossed with the words “1 CENT” and the year 2012. Your coin set is packaged in a custom wood case and beauty box created specifically for the 2012 Farewell to the Penny. Your coin is accompanied by a serialized certificate. This item is in the category “Coins & Paper Money\Coins: Canada\Commemorative”. The seller is “degagne” and is located in this country: CA. This item can be shipped to Canada.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Canada
- Certification: RCM COA
- Circulated/Uncirculated: Uncirculated