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A familiar face – the 25-cent coin

The caribou on a 25-cent piece dates back to 1936 when a change in the sovereign's image on circulation currency prompted the Canadian government to modify the designs on the reverse side of coins as well. The caribou design was created by Canadian artist Emanuel Hahn and was first used in 1937. It has been temporarily replaced through the years - in 1967 for the Canadian centennial, in 1973 to celebrate the centennial of the North West Mounted Police, in 1992 for Canada's 125th birthday, in 1999 and 2000 by the winning designs of the Millennium coin program, and in 2002 for a special Canada Day design.

Reverse side designs  |   Technical specifications  |   Mintages

Reverse side designs

1870 - 1936
The crossed maple boughs
The 25-cent coin was first issued in 1870. The coin used the same design of two crossed maple boughs appear that appeared on the 10-cent coins and 50-cent coins from 1858 to 1936.

1937 - 72, 1974 - 1991, 1993 - 1998, and 2001 - present
The caribou
Emanuel Hahn's caribou design was adopted in 1937 in an effort to modernize Canada's circulation coins.

1967
The centennial 25-cent coin
Alex Colville created a special set of coin designs to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Canadian confederation; the 25-cent coin features a bobcat.

1973
The RCMP centennial
Paul Cederberg designed this coin to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

1992
125th Anniversary of Confederation
Designed by Canadians chosen in a national contest, these 25-cent coins were issued bearing a design to represent each province and territory.

1992
125th Anniversary of Confederation - Yukon

1992
125th Anniversary of Confederation - Northwest Territories

1992
125th Anniversary of Confederation - British Columbia

1992
125th Anniversary of Confederation - Alberta

1992
125th Anniversary of Confederation - Saskatchewan

1992
125th Anniversary of Confederation - Manitoba

1992
125th Anniversary of Confederation - Ontario

1992
125th Anniversary of Confederation - Quebec

1992
125th Anniversary of Confederation - New Brunswick

1992
125th Anniversary of Confederation - Prince Edward Island

1992
125th Anniversary of Confederation - Nova Scotia

1992
125th Anniversary of Confederation - Newfoundland

1999 Millenium Collection
Poised on the edge of the new millennium, the 'Create a Centsation!' contest received 33,000 design submissions from Canadians for the two series of 25-cent Millennium circulation coins. 1999 commemorated the last 1,000 years.

1999
Millenium Collection - January

1999
Millenium Collection - February

1999
Millenium Collection - March

1999
Millenium Collection - April

1999
Millenium Collection - May

1999
Millenium Collection - June

1999
Millenium Collection - July

1999
Millenium Collection - August

1999
Millenium Collection - September

1999
Millenium Collection - October
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1999
Millenium Collection - November

1999
Millenium Collection - December

2000 Millenium Collection
Poised on the edge of the new millennium, the 'Create a Centsation!' contest received 33,000 design submissions from Canadians for the two series of 25-cent Millennium circulation coins. 2000 featured designs that speak to our hopes for the new millenium.

2000
Millenium Collection - 'Creativity'

2000
Millenium Collection - 'Freedom'

2000
Millenium Collection - 'Community'

2000
Millenium Collection - 'Wisdom'

2000
Millenium Collection - 'Family'

2000
Millenium Collection - 'Celebration'

2000
Millenium Collection - 'Pride'

2000
Millenium Collection - 'Health'

2000
Millenium Collection - 'Natural Legacy'

2000
Millenium Collection - 'Harmony'

2000
Millenium Collection - 'Achievement'

2000
Millenium Collection - 'Ingenuity'

2002
Canada Day
This coin celebrates Canada's 135th anniversary.  The reverse was designed by Judith Chartier.

2004
Ile Sainte-Croix
400th anniversary of the first French settlement in North America

2004
The Poppy
The 25-cent Poppy coin is the world's first coloured coin in circulation.

2005
Saskatchewan Centennial
Designed by Saskatchewan wildlife artist Paulette Sapergia, it features the Western Meadowlark whose unique and melodious song heralds the coming of spring to the prairies.

2005
Alberta Centennial
Designed by artist Michelle Grant, it portrays the richness of the Alberta landscape - mountains in the distance, prairie fields, an old-style oil derrick and the wild rose.

2005
Year of the Veteran
Designed by Elaine Goble, the design depicts two veterans of different generations, joined by love of country, standing side by side.

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Technical specifications

1908 - 1910
Composition: 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper
Weight (g): 5.81
Diameter (mm): 23.62
Thickness (mm): n/a

1910 - 1919
Composition: 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper
Weight (g): 5.83
Diameter (mm): 23.62
Thickness (mm): n/a

1920 - 1952
Composition: 80% silver, 20% copper
Weight (g): 5.83
Diameter (mm): 23.62
Thickness (mm): n/a

1953 - 1967
Composition: 80%silver, 20% copper
Weight (g): 5.83
Diameter (mm): 23.88
Thickness (mm): n/a

1967 - 1968
Composition: 50% silver, 50% copper
Weight (g): 5.05
Diameter (mm): 23.88
Thickness (mm): n/a

1968 - 1977
Composition: 99.9% nickel
Weight (g): 5.05
Diameter (mm): 23.88
Thickness (mm): 1.6

1978 - 1999
Composition: 99.9% nickel
Weight (g): 5.05
Diameter (mm): 23.88
Thickness (mm): 1.58

2000 - date
Composition: 94% steel, 3.8% copper, 2.2% nickel plating
Weight (g): 4.4
Diameter (mm): 23.88
Thickness (mm): 1.58

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Mintages

1908 - 1909
1908 - 495,016
1909 - 1,335,929

1910 - 1919
1910 - 3,577,569
1911 - 1,721,341
1912 - 2,544,199
1913 - 2,213,595
1914 - 1,215,397
1915 - 242,382
1916 - 1,462,566
1917 - 3,365,644
1918 - 4,175,649
1919 - 5,852,262

1920 - 1929
1920 - 1,975,278
1921 - 597,337
1922 - 0
1923 - 0
1924 - 0
1925 - 0
1926 - 0
1927 - 468,096
1928 - 2,114,178
1929 - 2,690,562

1930 - 1939
1930 - 968,748
1931 - 537,815
1932 - 537,994
1933 - 421,282
1934 - 384,350
1935 - 537,772
1936 - 1,125,779
1937 - 2,689,813
1938 - 3,149,245
1939 - 3,532,495

1940 - 1949
1940 - 9,583,650
1941 - 6,654,672
1942 - 6,935,871
1943 - 13,559,575
1944 - 7,216,237
1945 - 5,296,495
1946 - 2,210,810
1947 - 5,918,482
1948 - 2,564,424
1949 - 7,988,830

1950 - 1959
1950 - 9,673,335
1951 - 8,290,719
1952 - 8,859,642
1953 - 10,456,769
1954 - 2,318,891
1955 - 9,552,505
1956 - 11,269,353
1957 - 12,770,190
1958 - 9,336,910
1959 - 13,503,461

1960 - 1969
1960 - 22,835,327
1961 - 18,164,368
1962 - 29,559,266
1963 - 21,180,642
1964 - 36,479,343
1965 - 44,708,869
1966 - 25,388,892
1967 - 48,855,500
1968 - 160,150,931
1969 - 133,037,929

1970 - 1979
1970 - 10,302,010
1971 - 48,170,428
1972 - 43,743,387
1973 - 135,958,589
1974 - 192,360,598
1975 - 252,259,000
1976 - 86,898,261
1977 - 99,634,555
1978 - 174,475,408
1979 - 131,042,905

1980 - 1989
1980 - 76,178,000
1981 - 131,583,900
1982 - 171,926,000
1983 - 13,162,000
1984 - 119,212,000
1985 - 158,734,000
1986 - 132,220,000
1987 - 53,408,000
1988 - 80,368,000
1989 - 119,084,307

1990 - 1999
1990 - 31,258,000
1991 - 459,000
1992 - 153,000,000
1993 - 73,758,000
1994 - 77,670,000
1995 - 89,210,000
1996 - 28,216,000
1997 - 0
1998 - 0
1999 - 258,888,996

2000 - 2009
2000 - 415,894,000
2001 - 62,227,000
2002 - 187,992,000
2003 - 100,638,000
2004 - 210,047,000
2005 - 269,586,000
2006 - 629,018,000
2007 - 386,763,000
2008 - 387,222,000
2009 - 266,766,000

2010 - present
2010 - 167,500,000
2011 - 212,970,000
2012 - 178,450,000

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