One hundred years after Calgarians chose to dedicate the greatest outdoor show on earth to Canada’s returning First World War soldiers, the Royal Canadian Mint has issued a new silver coin commemorating the historic Victory Stampede of 1919.
The coin was unveiled yesterday evening at Stampede Park’s Military display, which showcases and honours Canada’s Armed Forces.
“The Calgary Stampede is an unforgettable celebration of Alberta’s pioneering spirit and thriving western culture,” said Marie Lemay, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “As this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Victory Stampede, this coin is also a great way to remember the soldiers who defended our freedoms and values in the First World War.”
“The 1919 Victory Stampede offered a place for everyone to come together and celebrate following the Great War. One-hundred years later and we continue to be a gathering place for our community,” says Dana Peers, President & Chairman of the Board of the Calgary Stampede. “We are very proud of our history and to have it recognized with a commemorative coin is very special.”
Calgary artist Michelle Grant’s design on the reverse of this 99.99% pure silver coin captures the excitement of the roping competition, which was one of many rodeo events on the Victory Stampede program.
The 2019 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Victory Stampede has a limited mintage of 6,500 and retails for $119.95.