A little coin with a long and storied history, the 1-cent piece was one of Canada's first domestically produced coins. In 1937, the Royal Canadian Mint took on the task of modernizing Canadian coinage. That year marked the introduction of artist G.E. Kruger-Gray's iconic maple leaf twig design, which remained the penny's reverse image every year except Canada's centennial year, 1967, until the denomination's cancellation in 2012. To celebrate Canada's centennial in 1967, famed Canadian artist Alex Colville created a special commemorative set of designs for each circulation coin denomination. His design for the 1-cent piece—an image of a rock dove in flight—is still found in circulation today.
Composition 99.99% pure silver
Weight (g) 157.6
Diameter (mm) 65.25
Face value 1 cent
Artist Brent Townsend (reverse), G.E. Kruger-Gray (obverse)