On today’s date in 1969, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) replaced its remaining dog teams with snowmobiles.
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 North West Mounted Police in 1873, the Mounties provide policing services to all of Canada. 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 RCM 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. Obviously, the scarce ’72-back “Large Bust” variety is incredibly valuable, but the regular ’73 pieces, with the “Small Bust” reverse design, are only worth face value.