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.
The History of the Grey Cup® and the 100th Grey Cup Circulation Coin
The Grey Cup trophy was donated in 1909 by the Right Honourable Lord Earl Grey, then Governor General of Canada and was originally intended to be awarded to the winners of the Dominion Championship of Canadian Amateur Rugby Football. The very first Grey Cup game, played on December 4, 1909, saw the University of Toronto defeat the Parkdale Canoe Club by a score of 26-6 at Toronto’s Rosedale Field before a crowd of 3,807.
The last time the Grey Cup was contested by amateur teams was in 1954 and today is awarded annually to the champions of the professional Canadian Football League™. Since 1948, the game has been accompanied by a festival, which spans several days and has itself become a source of pride for Canadians. The honour of hosting the championship is rotated among CFL® cities, where thousands of Canadians make an annual Grey Cup pilgrimage. Millions more make the trip in spirit, by tuning in from their living rooms from coast to coast to coast.
The Grey Cup was not contested for three years for reasons that ranged from respect for the First World War effort to a dispute between rival leagues. By the time of the Second World War, the Grey Cup was considered a fixture of Canadian sporting life. It has visited most of Canada, our troops in Afghanistan and other battle zones, and will embark on a special tour of the country in 2012.
The trophy that is awarded on Grey Cup Sunday is the original, although its base has evolved and changed over the years, to make room for the names of the winning teams and their players, coaches and management. The current base, introduced in 1987, has room for one more entry, which will be the winning team of the 100th Grey Cup, set for Toronto’s Rogers Centre on November 25, 2012.
The Royal Canadian Mint has produced five million one-dollar circulation coins to celebrate the 100th Grey Cup. The coin, featuring the iconic Grey Cup, is available at participating Canada Post locations across Canada as of August 28, 2012.
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.
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