National Currency Collection

Canada, 1 cent : 1908

Story

The first Canadian penny made in Canada

In January of 1908, Countess Grey, wife of the Governor General, inaugurated the new Canadian branch plant of the Royal Mint by ceremonially striking a one-cent piece- the first produced in Canada. Prior to that, all Dominion of Canada coinage had been minted in the U.K. This coin was gold plated as a souvenir.

Item Details

Categorization

Collection
Miscellaneous
Class
Transformed currency
Name
Coin jewelry

Locations

Country
Canada

Denominations

1 cent

Dates

Issuing date
1908

Authorities

Ruler
Edward VII

Issuing authority
Government of Canada

Designs

Subject Obverse
Beaver - animal
Subject Reverse
Edward VII - king - monarchy
Motif Obverse
Wreath of maple leaves
Motif Reverse
Bust of King Edward VII
Text Obverse
FIRST COINS MINTED IN CANADA
Text Reverse
J.J. ZOCK & CO. LTD TORONTO / LODGE NO. 11 T.M.A. TORONTO

Production Types

Mint
Royal Mint (Ottawa)

Measurements

Mount

Thickness
1.60mm
Diameter
46.20mm

Object

Diameter
25.70mm

Materials

Object
Copper

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