2002 - Elizabeth II - Jubilee Bust Cent
Queen Elizabeth II coinage
Several 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 This coin also replaced the $1 bill, which was subsequently withdrawn from circulation by the Bank of Canada.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.
FROM Standard catalog of world coins
Cooper Plated Steel
Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee
Crowed head right, Jubilee commemorative dates 1952-2002
Denomination above maple leaves
George E. Kruger-Gray
ISBN REF: 9781440235689 1440235686
Theme: 50th Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II
Artist: G E Kruger Gray
Special Notes: Dated as '1952–2002'.
1 Cent - Elizabeth II 3rd portrait; Golden Jubilee
Value 1 Cent
0.01 CAD = 0.0094 USD
Metal Copper (4.5%) plated steel (94%) and nickel (1.5%) or Copper plated Zinc
Weight 2.3 g
Diameter 19.05 mm
Thickness 1.45 mm
Engravers Dora de Pédery-Hunt (obverse)
George Edward Kruger Gray (reverse)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
50th Anniversary of the Succession of Queen Elizabeth II
The portrait in right profile of Elizabeth II, when she was 64 years old, is surrounded with the inscription "ELIZABETH II D • G • REGINA" (Elizabeth II, Queen by the grace of God) and the dates "1952-2002"
ELIZABETH II D·G·REGINA
A maple leaf twig is surrounded with the facial value ans the inscription "CANADA"