Canada – 2003P 10-Cents Old Effigy – B.UNC
- Composition: 92% Steel, 5.5% Copper and 2.5% Nickel
- Weight: 1.75 grams
- Diameter: 18.03 mm, Thickness: 1.22 mm
- Engraver: Obverse: Dora de Pédery-Hunt, Reverse: Emanuel Hahn
- Illustrator: Obverse: Dora de Pédery-Hunt, Reverse: Emanuel Hahn
- Egde: Ribbed
- Die Axis: ↑↑
Number of circulation coins minted
- 2003P 10-cents – Old Effigy: 163 684 000
Elizabeth II (1990‑2002)
The third version of the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was unveiled in 1990, when Her Majesty was 64 years old. This is the first effigy designed by a Canadian artist, Dora de Pédery-Hunt. It is surrounded by the Latin inscription ELIZABETH II D G REGINA.
This reverse design was introduced in 1937. As the official proclamation states, it displays a sailing and racing fishing vessel. However, the proud Nova Scotians, believing that the ship represented the famous fishing and racing schooner named “Bluenose” continued to push for official recognition. It wasn’t until the spring of 2002 that the design was officially recognized as the Bluenose. According to the information at our disposal, the designer Emanuel Hahn used this famous ship as his main model. The initial master tools for the reverse were made by the Paris Mint. To resist premature wear, larger digits were introduced in 1938.
This is the basic finish found on most standard circulation coins in Canada.