The obverse, designed by George W. DeSaulles, features the bust image of King Edward VII facing right. On the outer periphery are the words "EDWARDVS VII D.G. REX IMPERATOR" (latin for "By the Grace of God, King and Emperor"). Below Edward's shoulder are the designer's initials.
The reverse features a wreath & crown that encircles the words "25 CENTS CANADA" with the date below. A mint mark for the Heaton Mint "H" can be found below the bow for 1902 issues. All other years were minted at the Ottawa mint and carry no mint mark.
Variety 1 1902-1909 – 0.1728 ounces of silver
Variety 2 1910 – 0.1734 ounces of silver
General Market Notes
Excluding die & error varieties, the key to the series is the 1904 issue while the semi key is the 1905 issue.
For the value collector, look for the 1908 issue with a mintage of only 495,016. Though a few high grade specimens survived, it is one of the most affordable coins of the series making it an undervalued coin in relation to its peers.