Coin, Canada, Elizabeth II
2 Dollars - 1996 - Royal Canadian Mint - Ottawa
Crowned head right within circle, date below
Polar bear right within circle, denomination below
- Denomination: 2 Dollars
- Mint name: Royal Canadian Mint
- Composition: Bi-Metallic
- Year: 1996
- Country: Canada
- Product type: Coin
- Catalog Initials: KM
- Coinage Type: Circulation Coinage
- Ruler Name: Elizabeth II
- Diameter: 28
- EdgeDesc: Segmented reeding
- First Issue Date: 1996
- Period: 1996
- Mint location: Ottawa
- Theoretical Coin Weight Entire (gr): 7.2999999999999998
- Mintage: 375483000
- KM: 270
- Queen of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth realms: 1952–2022
- Dynasty: House of Windsor
- Predecessor: George VI
- Successor : Charles III
- Regime: Parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born in London in April 1926. She married Philip Mountbatten in 1947 and acceded to the throne in 1952 upon the death of George VI. She was 25 years old when she became queen and reigned over the 15 Commonwealth realms. Among others, these include the United Kingdom (of course), Canada, New Zealand, the Bahamas, and Jamaica.
Her coronation at Westminster in 1953 was the first ever to be broadcast on television. She celebrated her Diamond Jubilee (60 years on the throne) in 2012. In 2015, she broke the record for longevity of reign previously held by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. A great many coins and a great many banknotes featuring the effigy of the Queen were issued by the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth realms during her reign.
She passed away in September 2022, having celebrated her Platinum Jubilee (70 years on the throne) just a few months earlier. Her eldest son then acceded to the throne as Charles III.
Picture: Official portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, unknown photographer (1959) - Library and Archives Canada (CC)
An “EF(40-45)” quality
As in numismatics it is important that the state of conservation of an item be carefully evaluated before it is offered to a discerning collector with a keen eye.
This initially obscure acronym comprising two words describing the state of conservation is explained clearly here:
This means – more prosaically – that the coin has circulated well from hand to hand and pocket to pocket but the impact on its wear remains limited: the coins retains much of its mint luster, sharp detailing and little sign of being circulated. Closer examination with the naked eye reveals minor scratches or nicks.