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Canada 2013 Oh! Canada Series #03 - RCMP Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer Mountie and Horse $10 Pure Silver Proof

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Get 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!

Sold out at the Mint! Celebrate Canada’s uniqueness with the Oh! Canada program! 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 wildlife, 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 affordable pure silver proofs - then revisit your coins again and again to marvel at their cultural significance and detailed imagery!

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O Canada 12 Coins for 2013

A Highly Detailed, Original Work of Art!
A female officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on horseback.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.

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Two RCMP Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers in their Red Serge dress uniformsThe Mounties
The Royal 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 airports.

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!

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The Red Serge

The famous coat of arms of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), as it is depicted on the Mounties' cap badge, part of their official dress uniform.The Red Serge is the formal, ceremonial uniform of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). It consists of a scarlet military dress-style 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 during 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.

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Technology Note
The Royal 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!

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Canada 2013 Mountie Silver $10 Proof in BoxObverse
A meticulously detailed and finely engraved detail of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer on horseback, with a billowing Canadian flag in the background. The traditional-style engraving has produced a magnificent work of beauty. The date and denomination are also indicated.

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Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth effigy of 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.

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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.

A solid 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 releases.

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Country Canada
Year of Issue 2013
Face Value 10 Dollars
Weight 15.87 g
Diameter 34 mm
Mintage Limit      40,000
Finish Matte Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
Artist Janet Griffin-Scott
Certificate Individually Numbered

Complete Certificate Text

O Canada
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 their home.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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