Canada – 2015 25-Cents Colored Poppy – B.UNC
- Composition: 94% steel, 3.8% copper and 2.2% nickel
- Weight: 4.4 grams
- Diameter: 23.88 mm
- Thickness: 1.58 mm
- Engraver: Obverse: Dora de Pédery-Hunt, Ago Aarand, Reverse: Laurie McGaw
- Illustrator: Obverse: Dora de Pédery-Hunt, Ago Aarand, Reverse: Laurie McGaw
- Egde: Ribbed
- Die Axis: Rotated
Number of circulation coins minted
- 2015 25-cents – Colored Poppy: n.a.
Elizabeth II (2003 to present)
Canadian artist Susanna Blunt creates the most recent effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, surrounded by the inscription ELIZABETH II D G REGINA. A reminder to the effigy of Her Majesty’s father (1937-1952) that of George VI, who also chose to be represented without a crown.
The significance of the poppy on collars and buttonholes can be traced back to the Napoleonic Wars in the 19th century, even before Canada adopted it. Records from this period tell us how densely poppies bloomed on the graves of soldiers in the Flanders region of France. The fields that were said to be barren before the war exploded with poppies after the battles ended. A French lady named Anna Guérin, had the idea of the Remembrance Poppy, inspired by John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields”. Anna had founded a charity to help rebuild the areas of France demolished by World War I, and she made fabric poppies to raise money.
This is the basic finish found on most standard circulation coins in Canada.