On today’s date in 1901, two troops of the North West Mounted Police (NWMP) escorted His Royal Highness the Duke of Cornwall and York (later King George V) during his visit to Calgary.
It would be one of the last occasions for which the old-style full dress uniform was used. The following year, alterations would lead to a style more similar to today’s uniforms worn by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
The Royal Canadian Mint featured the RCMP on its 1998 Proof double dollar set, which is the only set with both the commemorative silver dollar and the aureate dollar depicting the common loon. The set also includes $2, 50-cent, 25-cent, 10-cent, 5-cent and 1-cent coins. The Proof silver dollar, designed by Adeline Halvorson, commemorates the 125th anniversary of the founding of the NWMP. The coin’s reverse features a member of the NWMP, and the obverse bears the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by artist Dora de Pedery-Hunt.
In 1973, the Royal Canadian Mint featured the RCMP on the reverse side of its 25-cent caribou piece to celebrate the national police force’s 100th anniversary. Established as the NWMP in 1873, the Mounties provide policing services to all of Canada with a staff of more than 26,000 people. Designed by Paul Cederberg, the coin depicts an RCMP officer atop his horse, with 100 stylized beads struck around the edge.
According to the Charlton guide, of the nearly 136 million 25-cent pieces struck by the Mint in 1973, about 10,000 were accidentally made using the back die of the previous year’s quarter, which featured a larger bust of Queen Elizabeth and less than 100 beads. Of course, the scarce “Large Bust” variety is more valuable than the regular 1973 pieces with the “Small Bust” reverse design, which are only worth face value.