Following last month’s issuance of the five ounce gold and silver coins celebrating the Calgary Stampede, the Royal Canadian Mint have issued (20th June) a traditional silver dollar which marks the centennial anniversary of one of Canada’s most well-known and beloved events in the Western half of the country.
For Rodeo lovers, the Calgary Stampede has become a cultural touchstone in Canada and around the world and is an event that everyone can take part in. Founded In 1912 by working cowboy and trick roper Guy Weadick, he was inspired by the traveling wild-west shows that enjoyed world-wide popularity in the early 1900’s. Guy convinced four local ranchers to help him produce the first “Frontier Days and Cowboy Championship Contest” which was soon to be christened the “Calgary Stampede”. After 100 years, Calgary, Alberta remains home to “the greatest outdoor show on earth”.
Designed by artist Steve Hepburn, he has produced a detailed and compelling depiction of the Stampede’s classic bronco riding event. The image of a cowboy resolutely fighting to control his fiercely bucking horse leaps out against a sleek background. It is a classic 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. The coin’s denomination of “Dollar” is seen just to the right of the primary central design and the year of issue “2012” is positioned to the lower left edge. The obverse of the coin includes the current portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Susanna Blunt and in use on Canadian coins since 2003.
Struck in pure silver to proof quality, the coin weighs 23.1 grams with a diameter of 36 mm. A total of 10,000 pieces has been authorized. For more information on this and other coins offered by the Royal Canadian Mint, please visit their website at: http://www.mint.ca/