On today’s date in 1974, Statistics Canada reported the population of Manitoba had risen above one million people.
That year, the Royal Canadian Mint struck a silver dollar commemorating the 100th anniversary of Winnipeg’s founding. On the coin’s obverse appears a right-facing portrait of Queen Elizabeth II when she was 39 years old. The inscription “ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA” surrounds it. The coin’s reverse shows the number 100 with a view of Winnipeg’s Main street inside each zero. Also inscribed on the reverse are the words “WINNIPEG”, “CANADA” and “DOLLAR” as well as the dates “1874-1974”. With a weight of 15.62 grams, the coin has a diameter of 32.13 mm and a thickness of 2.62 mm.
Today, there are more than 700,000 people living in the city of Winnipeg.