On today’s date in 1969, the opening of the National Arts Centre inaugural festival included a performance by the National Ballet of Canada.
In 2001, the Royal Canadian Mint struck a silver dollar to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Ballet of Canada. With a face value of $1, the Proof silver coin has a weight of 25.18 grams and a diameter of 36.07 mm. It had a mintage of 89,390.
The National Arts Centre was one of many projects launched by the Lester B. Pearson government in commemoration of Canada’s centennial in 1967. It opened on June 2, 1969, with total costs nearing $46 million.