TORONTO, ONTARIO – August 27, 2012 – A new one-dollar coin commemorating the 100th Grey Cup, Canada’s single biggest annual sporting event, was unveiled today by the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the Royal Canadian Mint.
“This new circulation coin immortalizes an important milestone in Canada’s sports history and our Government is proud to join Canadians and Canadian football enthusiasts in celebrating the 100th Grey Cup,” said Minister Flaherty.
“The Royal Canadian Mint’s latest circulation one-dollar coin offers a unique opportunity to celebrate the 100th Grey Cup and one of Canada’s most exciting annual sporting events,” said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “Each of the five million 100th Grey Cup circulation coins will be a permanent tribute to the lasting legacy of professional football in Canada.”
“This beautiful, new one dollar coin is a shining tribute to the Grey Cup’s iconic place in the history, culture and future of Canada,” said Mark Cohon, Commissioner of the Canadian Football League™. “And the stunning team coins and collections underline the important role our league plays in the life of Canadians and their communities,” he said. “I want to thank the Royal Canadian Mint and our fans, who I know will embrace this and everything we’re doing to celebrate this year of the 100th Grey Cup with enthusiasm and passion.”
Starting tomorrow, Canadians can obtain the 100th Grey Cup one-dollar circulation coin at participating Canada Post locations across the country.
Designed by Royal Canadian Mint engravers, this finely crafted circulation coin will be used during the coin toss prior to each CFL® game in the lead-up to and during the 100th Grey Cup game in Toronto on November 25, 2012. To learn more about the history of the Grey Cup, please see the attached backgrounder.
Numismatic products have also been produced to celebrate the 100th Grey Cup. A unique collectable set for each CFL team featuring a painted commemorative coin designed by Canadian artist Filip Mroz, two commemorative stamps and a special place to collect the circulation coin is available for $25.95, while supplies last. Ten thousand limited edition silver dollars are also being offered to collectors and football fans alike.
Featuring a stylized Grey Cup and also designed by Filip Mroz, this 99.99% pure silver coin is available for $69.95.
As of August 28th, these numismatic products can be purchased at participating Canada Post locations, at www.mint.ca/greycup, by calling the Mint at 1-800-267-1871, by visiting the Mint’s boutiques in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver or through the Mint’s global network of dealers and distributors.
About the Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada’s circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2008 certified company, the Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an international scale. For more information on the Mint, its products and services, visit www.mint.ca.