1 oz 2023 150th Anniversary of the RCMP Silver Coin | Royal Canadian Mint
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Commemorate the 150ᵗʰ anniversary of the RCMP with this colourful 1 oz. tribute.
Ask anyone to list iconic symbols of Canada, and chances are, they’ll mention a colourfully uniformed “Mountie”—like the one depicted on this commemorative coin.
This year (2023) marks the 150ᵗʰ anniversary of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), an integral part of Canada’s story since 1873. Since its storied beginnings as the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP), Canada’s national police service has grown, modernized and endeavoured to become a more inclusive and diverse organization, and this is reflected on your coin’s reverse. Its colourful portrait of a mounted officer—a globally recognized symbol of Canada, of law and order—is a recognition of the force’s rich history, as well as the contributions made by members of the RCMP.
Recognizing the RCMP’s 150-year history.
- 150ᵗʰ Anniversary of the RCMP. This fine silver coin commemorates the 150ᵗʰ anniversary of Canada’s national police service, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police—an integral part of Canada’s story since 1873.
- An iconic Mountie. The Mountie in red serge is one of the most iconic images of Canada, and you’ll find a modern rendition of that emblematic image on your coin’s reverse.
- Classic Canada. Your coin commemorates the RCMP’s milestone anniversary in 2023 and honours its members’ contributions to Canada’s story over the last 150 years. A great addition to any history or Canadian-themed collection!
- Fine silver. Crafted in 1 oz. 99.99% pure silver with a proof finish. Limited to 7,500 coins worldwide.
- Includes serialized certificate. The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins.
- No GST/HST.
Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a black Royal Canadian Mint-branded clamshell with a black beauty box.
COLOUR OVER RELIEF
Recognized worldwide, the RCMP’s distinctive uniform and black horse have been brought to life by dynamic finishes and an application of colour over the relief.
Engraved on your coin’s reverse, the mountains of western Canada provide a fitting backdrop for the RCMP officer and rider; they also serve as a reminder of the RCMP’s beginnings.
DID YOU KNOW?
It was on May 23, 1873, that Parliament passed an act establishing the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP), and this is considered to be the birthdate of the RCMP. In 1904, the NWMP was renamed the Royal North-West Mounted Police (RNWMP), which became the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1920 upon the absorption of the Dominion Police.
The coin’s reverse salutes the men and women of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The RCMP accepted its first female recruits in 1974, and today, about 1/5 of regular members are women.
Horses have always been associated with the RCMP. Today, a full troop of 32 uniformed riders and their mounts continue the longstanding tradition of the world-famous spectacle known as the RCMP Musical Ride!
Designed by artist Steve Hepburn, your coin’s reverse pays tribute to a world-famous Canadian symbol: the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The design features an engraved mountain backdrop and a colour portrait of an RCMP officer in red serge uniform, standing next to her Hanoverian horse. The reverse is double-dated (1873-2023) to commemorate the 150ᵗʰ anniversary of the act that established the North-West Mounted Police, which would eventually become the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The obverse features the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt. The obverse also bears a special marking that includes four pearls symbolizing the four effigies that have graced Canadian coins and the double date of her reign.
"Few things say 'Canada' like the Red Serge and the wide-brimmed hat of an RCMP officer. Easily recognizable the world over, the RCMP has a long and storied history that has been woven into the fabric of our country. I’ve always loved the vintage posters, comics and imagery of the past, which portray the strong, silent nature of the RCMP, usually shown with their trusted steed in front of a rugged and majestic background such as the Rocky Mountains. It’s pure Canadiana." - STEVE HEPBURN
"With 150 years of experience behind us, the RCMP has the chance to demonstrate to all Canadians how we have evolved and continue to modernize. In the lead-up to and through our anniversary year, we will reflect on our past with humility, demonstrate our evolution, and showcase our integral role in keeping Canadians and our country safe. The anniversary is also an opportunity to reinforce our commitment to, and pride in, all members of the RCMP family – both our cherished veterans and our incredible employees whose passion for service continues to drive our organization forward." - ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE
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