On today’s date in 1985, the Canadian Numismatic Association (now the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association, or RCNA) hosted the final day of its 32nd annual convention, which was held in Regina, Sask. from July 17-21.
The theme for the medal’s obverse centred on the 100th anniversary of the 1885 Battle of Batoche, specifically “Northcote at Batoche 9 May 1885,” which was the date when the steamer Northcote—carrying some of General Sir Frederick Middleton’s troops—was spotted by the Métis adjacent to the town.
Middleton’s plan was to encircle the enemy on May 9 as his main contingent advanced directly against the Métis’ defensive lines. The Northcote was to steam passed the Métis and unload 50 men at the opposite end of the town to complete the encirclement; however, while the armoured steamer fared well against the Métis’ small arms, it eventually lost its masts and smokestack after steaming into the town’s ferry cable. It drifted out of battle and down the South Saskatchewan River.
Despite the setback, Middleton force overcame the Métis following the four-day battle.
|Charlton Catalogue No.||CNA-32||CNA-32A|
|Weight||31.3 grams||31.2 grams|
|Diameter||38.9 mm||38.9 mm|
|Mintage||375 pieces||175 pieces|
A ROYAL HISTORY
The Canadian Numismatic Association was founded in 1950 by a group of Ottawa coin collectors. Soon after, it began publishing The Canadian Numismatic Bulletin; however, this was replaced by its current publication The Canadian Numismatic Journal in 1956. Two years earlier, the association hosted its first annual convention in Toronto. Finally, in 2008, the Canadian Numismatic Association received its “Royal” designation to become the RCNA.