CALGARY, AB, June 20, 2012 /CNW/ - The centennial of The Greatest
Outdoor Show on Earth is cause to celebrate Alberta's rich cultural
heritage and the Royal Canadian Mint is delighted to join the party by
issuing a special edition, 99.99 per cent pure silver dollar
immortalizing the Calgary Stampede. This beautifully crafted collector
coin is a sparkling tribute to a uniquely Canadian tradition, made
world-famous for its spectacular celebration of the culture and spirit
of the old west.
"Whether Canadians have the opportunity to attend the Calgary Stampede
for its centennial, the Royal Canadian Mint's newest proof silver
dollar coin offers a unique chance to celebrate this milestone event,"
said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.
"The Mint is proud to add this milestone in Stampede history to a
growing list of collector coins which promote and preserve Canada's
history, culture and values."
"Canadians take great pride in their heritage and for 100 years, the
Calgary Stampede has been a unique celebration of Western Canadian
culture and tradition," said Deepak Obhrai, Member of Parliament for
Calgary East. "The Government of Canada congratulates the Royal
Canadian Mint in capturing the true spirit of the Stampede and sharing
this anniversary with the rest of Canada."
"It is an honour that the Royal Canadian Mint created a silver dollar
coin to commemorate the Calgary Stampede's centennial year," says
Deanne Carson, Vice-President of Marketing and External Relations,
Calgary Stampede. "The Stampede has become a cultural touchstone in
Canada and around the world; it is an event that everyone can take part
Since working cowboy and vaudeville performer Guy Weadick convinced four
Calgary ranchers to help him launch the first "Frontier Days and Cowboy
Championship Contest" in 1912, the festival which became known as the
Calgary Stampede has hosted millions of visitors in a uniquely Canadian
celebration of the romance and culture of the old west. That spirit
comes alive on a coin designed by artist Steve Hepburn, who has
produced a powerful and compelling depiction of the Stampede's classic
bronco riding event.
The frosted image of a cowboy resolutely fighting to control his
fiercely bucking horse leaps out against a gleaming silver background.
It is a textbook illustration of the words "Calgary Stampede", which
also appear on the coin in a Western typeface evoking the look of an
old-time rodeo poster. Limited to a world-wide mintage of only 10,000
coins, this precious collectible retails for $69.95 CAD.
Canada Post outlets in Calgary and across Canada are carrying this
exciting new collector coin, as is the Royal Canadian Mint's network of
official distributors in Canada and abroad. This and many other Mint
collector products are also available directly from the Mint at
1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the US, on the Internet at www.mint.ca, or at the Royal Canadian Mint's boutiques in Ottawa, Winnipeg and
About the Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the
minting and distribution of Canada's circulation coins. An ISO
9001-2008 certified company, the Mint is recognized as one of the
largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of
specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an
international scale. For more information on the Mint, its products and
services, visit www.mint.ca
Images of this newest Royal Canadian Mint collector coin are available
by visiting ftp://communications:RCM2007@ftp.mint.ca.
SOURCE Royal Canadian Mint
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