1 Dollar - Elizabeth II British Columbia

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (British Columbia) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (British Columbia) -  reverse

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Features

Issuer Canada
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 1958
Value 1 Dollar
1 CAD = 0.79 USD
Currency Canadian dollar (1858-date)
Composition Silver (.800)
Weight 23.3276 g
Diameter 36.06 mm
Thickness 2.84 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 454
Numista (https://numista.com)
References KM# 55,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Schön# 56
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

Commemorative issue

100th Anniversary of British Columbia

Obverse

The portrait in right profile of Elizabeth II, when she was 27 years old.

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA
M G

Translation: Elizabeth II Queen by the grace of God

Engraver: Mary Gillick

Mary Gillick was a sculptor best known for her effigy of Elizabeth II used on coinage in the United Kingdom and elsewhere from 1953 to 1970.

Reverse

A totem pole before coastal mountains.

Lettering:
CANADA BRITISH COLUMBIA
1858
1958
DOLLAR

Engraver: Stephen Trenka

Edge

Reeded

Comments

The reverse shows the design of a Northwest Coast First Nations totem pole with mountains in the background. An apocryphal but widely circulated story holds that the top element in the pole is Raven, used by some First Nations to symbolize death. As a result, it was rumored that those First Nations disliked the dollars, causing them to be called "DEATH DOLLARS." However, the figure with upright ears, a distinct nose, long claws, and what may be a tongue sticking out is not Raven, but more likely Bear, beneath her her cub. This motif appears on many totem poles. Further, neither Bear nor Raven is associated with death; the former is a common clan-owned crest, the latter is a celebrated Trickster and Creator figure central to hundreds of stories of the peoples of the Northwest Coast.

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