Forthcoming RCM coins to commemorate Stanley Cup, Vimy Ridge

According to a recent report by CBC News, a new 25-cent circulation coin will be issued by the Royal Canadian Mint this year to mark the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup, the image of which will be depicted on the coin’s reverse alongside two hockey players—one on the left in a period uniform, and another on the right in a modern uniform. A banner with the inscriptions 1892 and 2017 will be engraved along the top, and the bottom of the coin will read “125 Years Ans.”

The obverse will feature the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

According to the CBC report, the Mint is expected to unveil the coin this week.

Although he declined to comment on the exact date of the unveiling, Alex Reeves, Mint media relations manager, told CBC: “It will be in conjunction with the celebrations of the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup.”

On March 15-18, a Stanley Cup Tribute will be hosted by the NHL, the Ottawa Senators and Rideau Hall.

VIMY RIDGE

The second coin recently authorized by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet is a $2 circulation coin slated to be unveiled later this year.

The new toonie will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge, which caused more than 10,000 Canadian casualties but is celebrated as one of Canada’s most iconic moments: it was the first time Canadian troops fought together as a single force.

According to the CBC report, the bi-metallic coin will depict the Vimy Memorial on the inner core and overlapping onto the outer ring of the coin. A Canadian soldier in a First World War uniform and a Canadian veteran saluting will also be depicted.

Reeves also told CBC the mint will be issuing non-circulating legal tender (NCLT) coins to commemorate the Battle of Vimy Ridge next month.

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