Coins marked the 25th an­niver­sary

The Glengarry News - Glengarry Supplement - - News - BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL News Staff

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.

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