Coins marked the 25th anniversary
Twenty- five years ago, l'Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital celebrated its quarter-century anniversary, appropriately enough, with silver... and gold... and nickel.
Those metals were used in the production of a commemorative $1 trade coin that was distributed to participating merchants throughout the county, for sale to the public, in 1990. The coins – available in silver, steel gold-plated and nickel-plated versions at the cost of $30, $10 and $1, respectively – were struck by the Sherritt Mint in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. A total of 10,000 of the dollars were minted. They were redeemable as legal tender between their official May 12, 1990 release date and September 30 of that year. Then-25-year hospital employee Raymond Charlebois designed both faces of the coin, with one side depicting an aerial-type view of the building, along with the facility’s name and the phrase, ‘Built by Glengarrian Esprit de Corps,’ while the reverse displays a laurel wreath encircling the inscription ‘25ième/th 1965-1990.’
Below that appears ‘anniversaire/anniversary.’ An article in the May 16, 1990 edition of TheNews describes Mr. Charlebois as a “longtime coin collector” – predominantly of trade dollars – who designed similar pieces for the 100th anniversary of the building of St. Raphael’s Church in 1983 and Alexandria’s centennial in 1984.