New silver coin celebrates centenary of Canada's Victory Stampede

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31 July 2019
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Royal Canadian Mint has released details of a silver coin with gold-plated rope rim that marks 100 years since the Victory Stampede of 25 to 30 August 1919, as a nation celebrated the end of the First World War.

The coin, designed by Michelle Grant, portrays a cowboy taking part in a roping competition, with excited spectators watching from the grandstand in Calgary. The gold-plated rim is a four-strand rawhide lariat that was commonly used for roping livestock in that time period. The reverse carries a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

The Victory Stampede

The Stampede took place in Calgary from 25 to 30 August, as a crowd of 57,000 watched cowboys and cowgirls compete in displays of rope work and horse-riding. The event celebrated the end of four long years of war and victory in Europe and being a one-off event, the “Great Victory Entertainment” planted the seeds for the 1923 western showcase that kicked off an annual tradition in “Stampede City.”

Coin details

Mintage: 6,500

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Composition: 99.99% pure silver

Finish: Proof

Weight: 31.39g

Value: $20

To order the coin, visit the Royal Canadian Mint website.