One hundred years after Calgarians chose to dedicate the greatest outdoor show on earth to Canada’s returning First World War soldiers, the Mint has issued a new silver coin commemorating the historic Victory Stampede of 1919. The coin was unveiled Thursday at Stampede Park’s Military display, which showcases and honours Canada’s Armed Forces.
Calgary artist Michelle Grant’s design on the reverse of the 99.99% pure silver coin captures the excitement of the roping competition, which was one of many rodeo events on the Victory Stampede program. The 57,000 spectators in attendance on the last week of August 1919, were regaled by cowboys and cowgirls showing off their skills in bronco riding, fancy roping, trick riding and relay races.
The 2019 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Victory Stampede has a limited mintage of 6,500.