Finely crafted to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the world-famous Calgary Stampede - The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.
The reverse of this special coloured cupronickel coin, designed by Canadian artist Tony Bianco, highlights the drama and excitement of the Stampede’s saddle bronc riding event. In the foreground, against the smooth, shining backdrop of the coin’s highly polished, silver-tinted surface, a fearless saddle bronc rider and his high-spirited bucking bronco seem to soar above the sparkling city of Calgary among the foothills of the Rockies at the broad Bow River. The rider’s bright yellow shirt and orange bandana glow beneath a black Western vest, the legs of his faded blue denims emerging from beneath worn brown chaps, and light tan cowboy boots sitting high on the muscled neck of the powerful white-and-tan bronco. The rider’s right hand clutches the simple braided rein as his left arm waves high above his white cowboy hat. The bronc’s white back legs, bent in tense preparation for its powerful kick, rise just above a finely engraved rendering of the Calgary skyline against the smooth, flowing backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. The markings “Canada,” “25 Cents,” and “2012” are embossed within the smooth, polished ring that frames the energetic image.
The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
Did You Know?
In 1912, a former rope trick performer named Guy Weadick convinced four Alberta cattlemen to help him build a rodeo festival in Calgary that would authentically represent ranching and farming skills and pursuits. One hundred years later, the Stampede is known around the world as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.”
Included in this set is a souvenir sheet that features a PERMANTENT™ domestic stamp featuring a horse with classic western riding gear and a U.S.A. stamp showcasing the 2012 Calgary Stampede belt buckle, the much prized trophy awarded to the winners.