The Duchess of Cornwall has unveiled a new coin from The Royal Canadian Mint to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
A fan of the ballet, Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages presented Camilla with one of the limited edition coins and said: “The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is among Canada’s most prestigious and dynamic cultural institutions, renowned for teaching, creating and performing outstanding dance for the past 75 years,”
Our Government is a proud supporter of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and wishes it prolonged success as it continues to flourish in Winnipeg.”
Founded in 1939, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (formerly The Canadian School of Ballet) is considered one of the world’s premier dance companies.
The company tours with dozens of performances annually. In 1952, the company received the first royal charter granted by Queen Elizabeth II, becoming the first royal ballet company of The Commonwealth.
“It will be a meaningful and cherished keepsake for ballet dancers, ballet enthusiasts and collectors alike,” said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.
The silver coin depicts six dancers from above in their performance costumes, an engraving from an image taken by one of Canada’s foremost dance photographers, David Cooper. The still is taken from The Sleeping Beauty production, and the colours of their clothes are vivid, making for a striking coin, which comes in its very own music box — a Royal Canadian Mint first. When opened, the box plays Sleeping Beauty (Valse) by Tchaikovsky.
Susanna Blunt’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II marks the obverse of the coin, which has a face value of $20; it has a limited mintage of 7,500 and is for sale at $114.95
photo credit: courtesy of Canadian Heritage – Patrimoine canadien