Canada 2013 Oh! Canada Series #03 - RCMP Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer Mountie and Horse $10 Pure Silver Proof
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the RCMP Mountie, the 3rd in the new and
affordable Oh! Canada Series of pure silver proofs that celebrate 12
iconic touchstones of, and all that is great about, Canada! The RCMP
Mountie is an icon of Canada!
Celebrate Canada’s uniqueness with the Oh!
Canada's national identity is much like its majestic landscape:
diverse, storied, and always fascinating! In the ever-changing world of
Canadiana, a few concepts tend to reflect the nation’s natural
assets and social and cultural institutions. Born of this complex
background, these twelve
Canadian icons are undeniable touchstones of the majestic land, its
people and spirit. These are the scenes that plumb the depths of
Canada's own pride in itself, while kindling the world's love for
the great nation that is Canada! Collect these twelve eminently
silver proofs - then revisit your coins again and again to marvel
at their cultural significance and detailed imagery!
Definitively Canadian Pure Silver Proofs!
A Highly Detailed, Original Work of
Art! This third release in the new O
Canada series features a meticulously
rendered design by Canadian artist Janet Griffin-Scott features a
portrait of a Royal
Canadian Mounted Police officer on horseback. The Mountie
fills the central field, rider and horse
facing the viewer. The Red Serge regalia (the RCMP’s formal
attire; please see article below) is presented in exceptional detail.
The central garment is the military-style tunic with low collar, brass
buttons, a single left breast pocket and one of the two lower front
pockets visible in the image. The officer’s Sam Browne belt and
white lanyard are visible along with various badges and decorations on
her upper right sleeve and lapel. Her broad-brimmed Stetson hat is worn
low over the eyes to block out the sun. On her legs she wears the
Mounties’ traditional riding breeches with their distinctive
yellow side stripe. Her feet, shod with spurred riding boots, sit
firmly in the stirrups as he masterfully controls his muscular mount
whose right flank and hindquarters are visible, along with the special
“MP” monogrammed “numnah” or saddle blanket. In
the lower third of the background we see the stylized outline of the RCMP’s
original territory: the Canadian prairies. A large Canadian
flag flows across the central and upper background of the image,
seeming to flutter in the prairie winds.
The distinct design
hallmark of the O
Canada series has the central image set between two
semi-circular banners (each laser polished to a gleaming, mirror-like
finish) with the top band proudly proclaiming the legend
“Canada”, and the denomination in the lower band.
Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) (French: Gendarmerie royale du Canada
(GRC), literally "Royal Gendarmerie of Canada") are colloquially known
as Mounties, although within the RCMP officers call their organization
"The Force". The RCMP is the national police force of Canada, and one
of the most recognized organizations of its kind in the world. It is
unique in the world as a national, federal, provincial and municipal
policing body. The RCMP provides federal policing service to all of
Canada and policing services under contract to the three territories,
eight provinces (all except Ontario and Quebec), more than 190
municipalities, 184 Aboriginal communities and three international
The RCMP was formed in 1920 by the merger of the Royal Northwest
Mounted Police (RNWMP, founded 1873) with the Dominion Police (founded
1868). The former was originally named the North-West Mounted Police
(NWMP), and was given the Royal prefix by King Edward VII in 1904. Much
of the present-day organization's symbolism has been inherited from its
days as the NWMP, including the distinctive Red Serge uniform,
paramilitary heritage, and mythos as a frontier force. Dramatic
splashes of red highlight the Mountie's famous and instantly
identifiable Red Serge uniform. For more on the RCMP's Red Serge,
please see the article at the end of this presentation.
Today the cavalry drills the RNWMP practiced over a century ago
continue to delight audiences everywhere. The Musical Ride is a
cornerstone of Canada's cultural heritage and national identity.
Experience the history and allure of this unique paramilitary group
yourself with this expertly crafted silver gem!
here for more coins featuring Canada's national symbol, the Mountie!
The Red Serge The
Red Serge is the formal, ceremonial uniform of the Royal
Mounted Police (RCMP). It consists of a scarlet military
coat, replete with a low neck collar, brass buttons, and golden braided
ornamentation, with a white cotton T-shirt worn underneath. The riding
breeches (pants) are "midnight blue" with exaggerated bulges at the
hips and a yellow strapping (stripe) down the outside seam of each leg.
The breeches are always worn with braces (suspenders). Finishing off
the Red Serge are brown leather riding boots (known as High Browns), a
chocolate brown, wide-brimmed stetson hat with a glass-flat brim, and
the ever-present side-arm in a brown leather holster on a brown Sam
Browne belt. A white pistol lanyard is worn around the neck and
connected to the side arm.
The Red Serge is not worn when an officer is on duty during a normal
shift, but rather is reserved for special occasions such as civic
ceremonies, as a visual representative of the security force for
government dignitaries, and during public relations–related
events such as school career days.
The Red Serge may also be worn with pride by members of the RCMP
special personal events, such as the wedding ceremony of a fellow
officer, where it is not uncommon for an entire detachment of a small
community to wear the Red Serge as an honor guard for the bride and
groom at their wedding ceremony. Usually, if the groom is RCMP, he will
be married in his Red Serge, foregoing the more traditional tuxedo.
Though much less common, if the bride is a Mountie she may also wear
her Red Serge on her wedding day.
Canadian Mint refines the purest silver in the world. The RCM is also
the only mint in the world to issue commemorative coins in a .9999
fineness. This silver proof coin is 99.99% pure!
meticulously detailed and finely engraved detail of a Royal
Mounted Police officer on horseback, with a billowing Canadian flag
in the background. The traditional-style
produced a magnificent work of beauty. The date and denomination are
Her Majesty, Queen
Elizabeth II of
England, in profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth effigy
the queen to appear on Canadian Coinage, was executed by the artist
Susanna Blunt. The legend
ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II,
Queen by the Grace of God") also appears.
The coin is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style
presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a black
outer box. An
individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.
maple wood display case for the entire 12 coin series will be available
to purchasers of the entire series one quarter to halfway through the
Canada’s national identity is much like its majestic landscape:
diverse, storied, and sometimes elusive. In the ever-changing tectonics
of Canadian culture, identifiers tend to reflect the nation’s
multicultural nature and its geography, fauna and flora, and social and
political institutions. Born of this complex background, Canadian icons
are distinct because they carry meaning for all Canadians, regardless
of where we live or how we came to be here. These are the images that
plumb the depths of Canadian pride and kindle Canadians’ love for
The Scarlet, The Gold, and The Blue:
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Since 1873, the image of the mounted policeman in a brass-buttoned
scarlet riding coat has come to symbolize the stalwart spirit of
Canada. In our mind’s eye we see this icon: tall, tan, Stetson on
his head, sitting atop his jet black horse, surveying the land, keeping
chaos at bay, and protecting the people of an ever-changing nation. The
press of the 19th century, followed by 20th-century Hollywood,
glamourized him as the one who “always gets his man.” With
the Mounties came frontier settlement of a different sort: not the
American Wild West, but the orderly establishment of successful
outposts as a first step in nation-building.
This organization, which today is more than 28,000 strong, began with
only about 275 men in 1874, when Canada’s first Prime Minister,
Sir John A. Macdonald, sent a paramilitary force of horse-mounted
police to establish order in the nation’s newest territory, which
was known at the time as the Northwest Territory. The troupe’s
first order of business was to deal with traders, primarily from the
United States, who had brought a plague of whiskey, fighting, and
conflict with native peoples to the region now known as southern
Alberta. Canada would establish peaceful relations with the native
peoples first, then begin the process of settlement. The new police
force—called the North-West Mounted Police—was responsible
for carrying out this work, bringing British law and establishing the
force’s first permanent post at Fort Macleod.
In the 1880s, the backbone of settlement, the Canadian Pacific
Railroad, was laid across the prairies and into the heart of the Rocky
Mountains. The North-West Mounted Police policed the settlements that
arose along the railway, not only maintaining law and order but also
representing every facet of civil authority in these early years,
acting as customs agents, postal workers, negotiators, fire-fighters,
census-takers, horse managers, climate and crop trackers, and even
physicians. These services complemented those of the CPR, which had its
own infrastructure during construction, including firemen, engineers,
and postal service.
The North-West Mounted Police played an important role in supporting
the military during the 1885 Métis uprising led by Louis Riel.
By the end of the century, the force had spread northward into the
Yukon Territory—where they would play a key role in managing the
vast numbers of prospectors there during the Klondike Gold
Rush—and throughout the Mackenzie River and Keewatin areas to
protect native people, maintain order among traders, and fight
poaching. Swapping sled dogs for horses, the northern detachments of
the force helped to maintain the sovereignty of the Canadian Arctic.
Following the drama of the Winnipeg General Strike in 1919, the
government decided that Canada needed a national police force that
would serve the country from coast to coast. In 1920, the Royal
North-West Mounted Police joined forces with the Dominion Police in
eastern Canada. The new force was named the Royal
Canadian Mounted Police.
In the years since, the force has grown in scope, mandate, and size. By
the 1950s, the RCMP was the provincial force for every Canadian
province and territory except Ontario and Quebec. In 1974, women were
first admitted as Regular Members. Today, the Royal Canadian Mounted
Police is a truly modern institution whose rich heritage is celebrated
across Canada and around the world.
A Canadian Icon
For more than 130 years, the Royal
Canadian Mounted Police
force has protected Canadians and enforced Canadian sovereignty. The
force not only played a formative role in the history of Canada’s
western frontier, but has from its earliest beginnings demonstrated the
qualities that make Canada distinct: pragmatism, lawfulness,
cooperation. These are qualities in which all Canadians take pride and,
along with the image of the Mountie,
are fundamental elements of the image of Canada around the world.