This stunning low mintage five piece coin set commemorates the fifth anniversary of the end of Canada’s one cent denomination. The collection includes two of the original style “large cents” struck in an impressive 54 mm two ounce format, plus three different versions of the “small cent” struck in a large 38 mm one ounce format. The face value for all five coins is 1 cent. Mintage is limited to just 3,000 of each coin. As pure silver coins truck by the Royal Canadian Mint, this collection is GST / HST exempt.
Using multiple sized and shaped blanks, the designs are based on the changing faces of Canada’s one cent piece from its first striking in 1908 to the final issue of the denomination in 2012. Each beautifully rendered replica features selective pink gold plating on the obverse and reverse to mimic the copper colour of the originals.
The two ounce coins feature the original reverse design first issued at the Royal Mint in 1858, and issued by the Royal Canadian Mint starting in 1908 when the RCM first began coin production. The design features a vine-like wreath of 16 maple leaves framing a center field engraved with the face value. The wreath is framed on both sides with raised dots.
The one ounce coins feature the original reverse design introduced in 1920, the 1967 centennial design, and the 12 sided design introduced in 1982. The 1920 replica features two maple leaves on either side of the reverse field, flanking the face value. The 1967 coin features Alex Colville’s iconic rock dove. The 1982 replica features G.E. Kruger-Gray’s maple leaf twig, originally introduced in 1937. Its 12 sided design recalls the shape of the penny from 1982 to 1997.
The obverse of each coin features the original effigies of the era when they were introduced.