This 2015 $10 fine silver coin is one of seven in a new series from the Royal Canadian Mint that celebrates the Canadian franchises of the National Hockey League (NHL). Hockey's beloved status in Canada makes it "our game."
The reverse of the coin pays homage to the Edmonton Oilers, with their logo tucked neatly to the left side of the coin, while a silhouette of an advancing hockey player speeding across the ice towards the viewer is seen on the right. The colours of the Edmonton Oilers are brought to life through the use of advanced "sheer effect" colourization that makes the colours flash fantastically under the light. This coin boasts a reverse-proof finish, with text indicating the face value of "10 DOLLARS", the country "CANADA" and the date "2015" circling the rim.
The coin is struck in a half-ounce of 99.99% fine silver, and boasts an unusually low mintage of only 5,000 pieces. As a pure silver coin struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, this item is GST/HST exempt.
The Edmonton Oilers:
Founded on November 1, 1971, the team played its first season in 1972. In 1978, the famed hockey legend Wayne Gretzky was acquired as an underage player; Gretzky's accomplishments aided the Oilers in becoming the first team to score 400 goals a season, which they accomplished for five straight years. The Oilers joined the NHL in 1979. After joining, they went on to win the Stanley Cup on five occasions: 1983–84, 1984–85, 1986–87, 1987–88 and 1989–90, in what are known as the Dynasty Years. For this success, the Oilers team of this era has been honoured with dynasty status by the Hockey Hall of Fame. Aside from the notable Wayne Gretzky, the Edmonton Oilers claim several Hockey Hall of Famers amongst their ranks.