Press release courtesy of the Royal Canadian Mint.
(Ottawa)—One hundred and twenty-five years ago, the former governor general of Canada, Lord Stanley of Preston, donated a silver challenge cup to recognize the best amateur hockey team in in the country. Today the legendary Stanley Cup is making a Canadian homecoming in the form of millions of 25-cent commemorative circulation coins issued by the Mint in celebration of this milestone anniversary. This special coin was unveiled March 16 at Rideau Hall by David Johnston, governor general of Canada, and Royal Canadian Mint president and CEO Sandra Hanington.
“The celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup is a perfect example of the pride and excitement Canadians will feel throughout the experience of Canada 150, and the government of Canada is proud that the Royal Canadian Mint has created a special circulation coin in its honor,” said Bill Morneau, minister of finance. “Millions of Canadians who are united by their shared love of hockey can now collect this coin as a way to relive their favorite moments of the quest for the ultimate symbol of hockey excellence.”
“As the ultimate symbol of Canadians’ passion for hockey, the Stanley Cup is woven into the fabric of our culture and identity, and marking its 125th anniversary on a 25-cent circulation coin is one of the best ways to celebrate their pride,” said Sandra Hanington. “The legacy of the Stanley Cup, along with the many precious memories it holds, can forever be treasured by millions of Canadians who find this coin in their change and save it is as a symbol of Canadian hockey glory.”
Designed by British Columbia artist Steve Hepburn, the reverse of this new 25-cent circulation coin depicts the Stanley Cup, flanked by two hockey players—one in period uniform and the other in modern-day uniform. Together, these players represent the Stanley Cup’s rich history. A total of 12.5 million coins will begin circulating on March 17.
The obverse features Susanna Blunt’s effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II, which has been included on all Canadian circulation coins and many commemorative and collector coins since 2003.
Hockey fans across Canada can start looking for this coin in their change; attend coin exchanges at the Mint’s Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Vancouver boutiques; or obtain limited quantities through an online coin exchange at www.mint.ca/StanleyCup125 (limited to Canada only).
The Mint is also celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup by issuing specially wrapped collector rolls of forty 25-cent coins. Limited to 50,000 commemorative rolls, this limited-edition product retails for $22.95 CAD. More information on this product can be found at www.mint.ca.
Editor’s note: U.S. customers can preorder the coins on ebay, where single coins are currently listed for about $3 to $5 (U.S.), including shipping. ❑