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2 Dollars - Elizabeth II War of 1812, HMS Shannon

2 Dollars - Elizabeth II (War of 1812, HMS Shannon) -  obverse2 Dollars - Elizabeth II (War of 1812, HMS Shannon) -  reverse

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Features

Country Canada
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 2012
Value 2 Dollars
2 CAD = 1.43 USD
Currency Canadian dollar (1858-date)
Composition Bimetallic: brass plated aluminium-bronze center in nickel plated steel ring
Weight 6.92 g
Diameter 28 mm
Thickness 1.75 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 1258
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

The War of 1812

Obverse

Bust of Elizabeth II facing right, lettering around edge.

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II 2012 CANADA 2 DOLLARS
SB

Engraver: Susanna Blunt

Susanna Blunt is a Canadian portrait artist who designed the most recent portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the current Canadian coinage, which began in 2003. She was born in Harbin, China, the daughter of an English banker. Blunt started her studies at the Banff School of Fine Arts as a young teenager.

Reverse

HMS Shannon leaving the Halifax harbor during the War of 1812.

Lettering:
The War of 1812
La guerre de
1812
BR HMS
SHANNON

Engraver: Bonnie Ross

Edge

Segmented reeding & lettering
Position A - Edge lettering with Obverse on top
Position B - Edge lettering with Reverse on top

Lettering: CANADA 2 DOLLARS

2 Dollars - Elizabeth II (War of 1812, HMS Shannon) -  obverse

© Cyrillius

Comments

Special features:
 • In an original design, the image covers the entire coin.
 • First commemorative coin to incorporate the Mint's new security features.
 • Includes Government of Canada's 1812 logo.
 • Depicts HMS Shannon's figurehead.

The War of 1812 was a fundamental turning point in Canada's history, a struggle from which some of Canada's earliest unifying moments emerged. These stories - including that of the Leda-class frigate, HMS Shannon - have become important chapters in the narrative of Canada.

Created to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, this unique coin is part of a larger collection celebrating the heroes and events of the War of 1812 - a formative event in Canadian history.

Read more about the HMS Shannon here.

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