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Royal Canadian Mint unveils silver coin to mark Calgary Stampede's 100th

Calgary Stampede vice-chairman Bob Thompson (left) and Patrick Hadsipantelis from the Royal Canadian Mint pose with the Calgary Stampede coin put into circulation to celebrate the event's 100th anniversary in Calgary, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Graveland
June 20, 2012 - 4:13 PM

CALGARY - The Royal Canadian Mint has unveiled a new silver coin to mark the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede.

The coin, which is 99.9 per cent pure silver, features a cowboy riding a bucking bronco and was introduced today at a news conference in Calgary.

Only 10,000 of the limited edition coins will be put into circulation and will cost $69.95.

Calgary Stampede vice-chairman Bob Thompson says the coin is a tribute to Calgary's rich, cultural heritage.

Patrick Hadsipantelis (HAD'-suh-PAN'-TEL'-us) of the Royal Canadian Mint says it's not unusual to craft coins to celebrate special occasions.

He says it's unlikely they will be in circulation for very long.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2012
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