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This collection features a fascinating array of Canada’s historic one-cent coins from Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II. It represents more than half a century of Canadian history, with five different coins from five different monarchs.
The collection starts with the Large Cent that was issued during the reign of Queen Victoria. The last con was struck in 1901, so every coin is well over 100 years old. The coin is very large – even larger and heavier than a 25-cent coin – and was struck in copper. One side shows a classic portrait of Victoria, while the other has a denomination and date surrounded by a wreath of maple leaves.
The Edward VII one-cent coin was issued from 1902-1910 and is also the same large size. Most people have never seen even a single Large Cent, and it is a truly rare opportunity to get two different coins in a single collection. The Large Cent disappeared generations ago.
The next coin is Canada’s first Small Cent, issued during the reign of George V. This coin was minted from 1920-1936. Canada introduced the Small Cent in 1920 as an economy measure to reduce the amount of expensive copper being used in coinage. The reverse design is different from the Large Cent; it has two small maple leaves with the denomination and date.
George VI became king in late 1936, and the George VI one-cent coin was struck from 1937 to 1952. The reverse design changed again, this time featuring two large maple leaves that are attached to a twig.
The first one-cent coins for Elizabeth II were struck in 1953, and this collection features one of the first coins from the 1950’s. The portrait is the classic design by Mary Gillick that appeared on early coins.
Each of the one-cent coins in this collection is a vintage issue that has been out of issue for many years. Even the most recent coin (Elizabeth II) was issued at least 45 years ago, and the oldest is guaranteed to be over 100 years old. Each is a treasured collectible in its own right, and together they make a collection of unprecedented importance.
The complete collection is displayed in a custom collector’s wallet with historical information.
When you order this collection now, you will also receive a FREE collection of the six decades of Queen Elizabeth II one-cent coins. Each decade is represented by a different coin, from the 1950’s to the 2000’s. The 1953-1959 coin features the original Mary Gillick portrait; the Arnold Machin portrait was used until 1989; the Dora de Pedery-Hunt portrait was used starting in 1990; and the coin from the 2000’s is the first copper plated steel coin and shows a new mature portrait. 6 x 5 1/2"