The Royal Canadian Mint have launched (27th August) their latest silver & circulation dollar for 2012 which marks the centennial anniversary of the Grey Cup – Canada’s most prestigious sporting award in the field of Canadian football.
Unveiled by the Honorable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the Royal Canadian Mint, the coins are a permanent tribute to the lasting legacy of professional football in Canada. The Grey Cup trophy was donated in 1909 by the Right Honorable Lord Earl Grey, then Governor General of Canada and was originally intended to be awarded to the winners of the Dominion Championship of Canadian Amateur Rugby Football. The very first Grey Cup game was played on December 4, 1909. The Grey Cup was not contested for three years for respect for the First World War effort and a dispute between rival leagues. By the time of the Second World War, the Grey Cup was considered a fixture of Canadian sporting life. The trophy that is awarded on Grey Cup Sunday is the original. The current base, introduced in 1987, has room for one more entry, which will be the winning team of the 100th Grey Cup on November 25, 2012.
The reverse of the silver dollar is designed by Canadian artist Filip Mroz includes a detailed rendition of the actual cup first presented along with the current base and stylized lettering announcing the event of 1909. The year of the coin “2012” is seen at the base of the cup. The aureate-bronze plated circulation coin depicts the current Grey cup off-centered to the right along with a hologram-effect maple leaf to the left of the primary design. The obverse of both the circulation and silver commemorative coins includes the current effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II as designed by Susannah Blunt which has been in use on Canadian coinage since 2003.
The silver version is produced in proof quality and in a .999 pure fineness with a weight of 25.1 grams and a diameter of 36 mm. A total mintage of 10,000 pieces has been authorized.
The circulation dollar is authorized for five million pieces and is available at most post offices and commercial bank counters.
For more information on this and other coins on offer from the Royal Canadian Mint, please visit their website at: http://www.mint.ca/store/coin/proof-fine-silver-dollar-100th-grey-cup-mintage-10000-2012-prod1520018