|Added by||Alain Martineau|
|In personal collections||1|
|General Description||Since 1892, 125-year history of a treasured national icon, the Stanley Cup® has stood as a prestigious mark of excellence. The most famous sports trophies of all timeIt has become hockey's most coveted prize, the end goal for every NHL season, and a dream for all whose passion for our national sport runs deep.
Beyond the annual ceremony at centre ice, where champions hoist it high for all to see, Canadians regard the Stanley Cup® as a revered cultural icon. It began with a Governor General's desire to foster competition among Canada's amateur teams; but Lord Stanley's donation of a silver bowl has taken on far greater meaning over the years. Having passed through the hands of many of the game's legends, the Stanley Cup® has become the embodiment of a winter sport that is at the heart of some of the proudest moments in our nation's history!
No other trophy in professional sports bears the engraved names of the winning team's players, staff AND management!
Each of the five-band barrels offers enough room on the Cup to engrave 13 winning teams, with a limit of 52 engraved names. When all the rings are full, the oldest band (at the top) is removed and preserved at the Hockey Hall of Fame, while a new band is added to the bottom of the Cup.
|Obv. Description||Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II facing right over the face value
Another Canadian artist, Susanna Blunt, designed the most recent effigy (since 2003) of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, again accompanied by the words ELIZABETH II D G REGINA. Blunt's version recalls the effigy of George VI, who also chose to be portrayed without a crown.
|Rev. Description||The legendary trophy itself is symbolically positioned in the centre of the field, where detailed engraving re-creates its multi-tiered bands.
To the left, the helmet-less player represents the game as it was played in the late 19th century; to the right is a more modern snapshot of how hockey is played today
|Material||Nickel plated Steel|
|Mint||Canada - Royal Canadian Mint - Winnipeg (W)|
|Designer||Susanna Blunt (obverse) Steve Hepburn (reverse)|
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