List of Royal Canadian Mint RCMP coins

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Originally dispatched in the 19th Century to patrol the Western frontier, the scarlet-clad Mountie on horseback is a well-known image of Canada. Today, the cavalry drills the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) practised over a century ago are performed in front of audiences. The Musical Ride is part of Canada's national identity. The images of the RCMP have been featured on various Canadian coins.

The first coins that featured the image of the RCMP were the twenty-five cent and one dollar coins of 1973. Police Constable Paul Cedarberg designed both coins. The twenty-five cent coin is unique in that there are two varieties of the coin. A new obverse with a smaller, more detailed portrait and fewer rim denticles placed farther from the rim was planned for use with the RCMP commemorative reverse.[1] A small quantity of coins was struck with the 1972 obverse, thus creating two varieties for the year. The quantity of the large bust has never been confirmed but most publications on Canadian coins estimate that there are approximately 10,000 of these coins. The 1999 Millennium series of 25-cent pieces included the bust of a Mountie on each of the January and July issues.[2]

Unlike the twenty-five cent coin, the Silver Dollar had the same obverse. The only difference with these coins were the cases. One case was black leatherette, with a coat of arms and an insert that was coloured maroon and black. A second case was created and it was blue leatherette with a gilt RCMP crest, with a maroon and black insert.

Twenty-Five Cents[edit]

Year Theme Artist Mintage Special Notes
1973 100th Anniversary of the RCMP Paul Cederberg 135,958,589 The 25-cent piece for 1973 bears a special reverse designed by Paul Cederberg (the Police Constable sitting on a horse in the design).[3] It honoured the RCMP for 100 years of service.
1999 Millennium P. Ka-Kin Poon 12,238,559 Released in January 1999.
1999 Millennium M.H. Sarkany 16,537,018 Released in July 1999.
2007 Canada Day Coin N/A N/A Numismatic Piece with an issue price of $9.95 featuring MacLean the Mountie

Fifty cents[edit]

* This is a numismatic piece and not meant for general circulation.

Year Artist Mintage Issue Price
2010 Janet Griffin Scott 14,000 $109.95

One Dollar[edit]

Year Theme Artist Mintage Issue Price
1973 RCMP Centennial Paul Cederberg 904,723 $3.00

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Year Theme Artist Mintage (Proof) Issue Price (Proof) Mintage (Brilliant Uncirculated) Issue Price (Brilliant Uncirculated)
1994 25th Anniversary of the last RCMP dog sled Ian D. Sparkes 178,485 $24.50 65,295 $17.95
1998 125th Anniversary of RCMP Adeline Halvorson 130,795 $29.95 81,376 $19.95

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Seventy-Five Dollars[edit]

Year Design Artist Mintage Issue Price Release Date Composition Finish Weight (grams) Diameter (mm) Special Notes
2007 RCMP Cecily Mok 8,000 $389.95 February 24 58.33% gold, 41.67% silver Proof (with colour on reverse) 12 27 Canadian Culture, Wildlife, and Winter Games themes

Two Hundred Dollars[edit]

The $200 Gold coin of 1993 celebrated the force’s 130th Anniversary. It featured a uniformed member of the famous “RCMP Musical Ride” alongside his horse, speaking with children.[6] The 1994 Silver Dollar depicted the 25th Anniversary of the last northern dog-sled patrol.[7]

Year Theme Artist Mintage Issue Price
1993 Royal Canadian Mounted Police Stewart Sherwood 10,807 $389.65

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Gold Maple Leaf[edit]

The 1-ounce gold bullion coin of 1997 bore the likeness of an RCMP Musical Ride member, its face value was $50, but its guaranteed value was US$310 until January 1, 2000. There was some controversy because some felt that the guaranteed value should have been in the issuing currency. The majority of these pieces were sent to the melting pot, so the piece is a relatively scarce item.[9]

Year Theme Artist Mintage Issue Price Special Notes
1997 125th Anniversary of the RCMP Ago Aarand 12,913 $310.00 US Funds Guaranteed value of $310 US until January 1, 2000

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Silver Maple Leaf[edit]

Year Theme Artist Mintage Issue Price Special Notes
1998 RCMP Walter Ott, RCM Engravers 25,000 N/A Made for Canada Post

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References[edit]

  1. ^ The Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian Coins, W.K. Cross, p. 127, The Charlton Press, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-88968-297-6
  2. ^ ”Mountie Money”, Christopher Boyer, p. 35, Numismatist, Volume 118, Number 9, September 2005
  3. ^ Coins of Canada, J.A. Haxby and R.A. Willey, p.63, The Unitrade Press, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 1-894763-01-7
  4. ^ Coins of Canada, J.A. Haxby and R.A. Willey, p.124, The Unitrade Press, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 1-894763-01-7
  5. ^ Coins of Canada, J.A. Haxby and R.A. Willey, p.131, The Unitrade Press, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 1-894763-01-7
  6. ^ ”Mountie Money”, Christopher Boyer, p. 35, Numismatist, Volume 118, Number 9, September 2005
  7. ^ ”Mountie Money”, Christopher Boyer, p. 35, Numismatist, Volume 118, Number 9, September 2005
  8. ^ The Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian Coins, W.K. Cross, p. 387, The Charlton Press, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-88968-297-6
  9. ^ ”Mountie Money”, Christopher Boyer, p. 35, Numismatist, Volume 118, Number 9, September 2005
  10. ^ The Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian Coins, W.K. Cross, p. 436, The Charlton Press, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-88968-297-6
  11. ^ The Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian Coins, W.K. Cross, p. 451, The Charlton Press, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-88968-297-6

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