EDMONTON, Nov. 3, 2017 /CNW/ - The Royal Canadian Mint today unveiled a rectangular-shaped silver collector coin commemorating the NHL's Centennial anniversary. The coin was unveiled in Edmonton, AB at the Centennial Fan Arena – a traveling exhibit honouring a century of unforgettable moments, teams, and extraordinary players – by 100 Greatest NHL Player Paul Coffey and Royal Canadian Mint President and CEO Sandra Hanington. After celebrating milestones of the Stanley Cup and the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier in 2017, the Royal Canadian Mint has notched a hat trick of historic hockey coins with the launch of the NHL100 coin.
"For 100 years, the National Hockey League has created unforgettable memories for Canadian hockey fans from coast-to-coast-to-coast and given Canadian legends of the game the biggest stage in the world on which to display their talent," said the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance. "Thanks to the Royal Canadian Mint, the NHL's 100th anniversary gets its own turn in the spotlight on a coin that will be as unforgettable for its design as its profound meaning to Canadian culture."
"It has always been a thrill to celebrate Canada's love of hockey on coins and it's wonderful to cap off a year of hockey milestones with a breathtaking silver coin that honours the National Hockey League on its 100th anniversary," said Sandra Hanington, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "We are proud to have preserved 100 years of NHL highlights on a coin crafted with a level of skill and innovation that is nothing short of top shelf."
"This coin is a wonderful honor for our League's 100th birthday. And, for our fans, it is an impressive addition to any hockey coin collection," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "The unique design and the application of our Centennial logo provide an enduring tribute to a century of NHL hockey."
Designed by Canadian artist Julius Csotonyi, the reverse of this rectangular shaped coin celebrates 100 years of NHL history through a moment that conveys the excitement of the game. The unique "netcam" perspective places the viewer at the very heart of the fast-paced action on the ice, where several hockey players have rushed towards the crease. On the left, a player's stick is still raised after taking the shot, which proves to be successful as the puck soars past the collapsing goaltender.
Precise engraving of the net, overhead scoreboard and cheering teammates helps bring the game atmosphere to life. Framing the reverse are the engraved commemorative dates "1917 – 2017" and the denomination of "25 DOLLARS," along with the NHL Centennial logo in both official languages.
The 2017 $25 Fine Silver Coin – 100th Anniversary of the NHL has a limited mintage of 6,000 and retails for $139.95. It is available for purchase by contacting the Mint at 1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the US, or online at www.mint.ca/NHL100. The coin is also available at the Royal Canadian Mint's boutiques in Ottawa and Winnipeg, as well as through the Mint's global network of dealers and distributors, including participating Canada Post outlets.
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