Canada 25-CENTS (KM81) Horse
In 1973, Canada issued a special circulating quarter to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the national police force of Canada. Originally conceived as the "North West Mounted Rifles" by Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald, he changed the name to North-West Mounted Police to appease the United States, who thought it sounded like a military buildup along the border.
In 1920 the force was reorganized and renamed Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and was charged with federal law enforcement across Canada, as well as national security and national counterintelligence.
Although they are no longer "mounted" the RCMP still use horses for ceremonial purposes, and for the "Musical Ride" which has been performed since 1887.
Thanks to Karl for pointing out that I had missed this coin, which is odd because there have literally been dozens of these lying around my house and workshop for as long as the Coin Zoo has existed.
- Diameter: 23.8 mm
- Composition: Nickel
- CAT#: KM81