Royal Canadian Mint Proud to Craft the Rick Hansen Medal as Official Supplier of the 25th Anniversary Man In Motion World Tour

Royal Canadian Mint Proud to Craft the Rick Hansen Medal as Official Supplier of the 25th Anniversary Man In Motion World Tour

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Mississauga, Ontario, April 5, 2011 – The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to have been invited to add its renowned medal manufacturing skills to the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Man In Motion Tour by crafting the sterling silver Rick Hansen Medal, unveiled today by Rick Hansen at a ceremony hosted by Rick Hansen Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario.  This unique example of medallic art and engineering will travel to China, the United States and Canada as it is carried by medal bearers walking, running or wheeling through the anniversary relay commemorating Rick Hansen's historic achievement and inspiring others to make a positive difference in the lives of others. 

"The art of medal making has been a distinguished tradition of the Royal Canadian Mint for over 80 years and its employees have once again applied their craftsmanship and engineering talents to creating the Rick Hansen Medal in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Man In Motion World Tour," said James B. Love, Chair of the Royal Canadian Mint Board of Directors. "Rick Hansen has inspired millions in the 25 years since his historic journey and we are honoured to commemorate his legacy by crafting the Rick Hansen Medal, as well as supplying the participant medals to be awarded to up to 7,000 relay Medal-Bearers."

"As the Relay will connect the country from coast to coast, the Rick Hansen Medal will be the symbol which links each participant to the next. We are extremely grateful to the Royal Canadian Mint for their beautiful design and world-class craftsmanship," said Rick Hansen, President and CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation. "I believe every difference maker across the nation will be proud to walk, run, or wheel in the 25th Anniversary Relay with the Rick Hansen Medal around their neck."

The Rick Hansen Medal hails from the Royal Canadian Mint's Ottawa, Ontario facility which is also proud to have crafted medals for Canadian Forces, the RCMP and the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. Designed in cooperation with Rick Hansen's team, the medal is a tribute to his experience and to Canadians and people from around the world who continue to be inspired by the Man In Motion World Tour to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Senior Engraver Susan Taylor and a team of Mint engineers accepted the challenge of turning Rick Hansen's latest vision into reality. The result is a medal steeped in the imagery of a great Canadian achievement brought to life through skill and innovation.

Significant in every detail, the Rick Hansen Medal is composed of sterling silver (92.5 % silver and 7.5% copper), measures 85 mm in diameter and weighs 400 grams. The Participant Medals, to be awarded to up to 7,000 Medal-Bearers who will walk, run or wheel through the anniversary relay, will be composed of base metal will feature a reduced diameter reproduction of the Rick Hansen Medal design.

About the Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada's circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2008 certified company, the Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an international scale. For more information on the Mint, its products and services, visit www.mint.ca.

About the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay
Beginning on August 24, 2011 in Cape Spear, Newfoundland and Labrador, the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay will retrace the Canadian segment of the original Man In Motion World Tour, traveling 12,000 kilometres, through 600 communities and concluding in Vancouver, British Columbia on May 22, 2012. This time, one will inspire many in motion; engaging 7,000 participants from across Canada who have made their own difference in the lives of others. For more information, please visit www.RickHansenRelay.com.

Images and information on the crafting of Rick Hansen Medal are available at www.mint.ca/rickhansen

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For more information, please contact:                      
Alex Reeves
Senior Manager, Communications
Royal Canadian Mint 
(613) 949-5777 (Tel)
(613) 884-6370 (Cell)
reeves@mint.ca

The Rick Hansen medal

General background

The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to have applied its medal manufacturing and engineering skills to the crafting of the Rick Hansen Medal, celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Man in Motion World Tour.  This historic medal hails from the Royal Canadian Mint's Ottawa, Ontario facility which is also proud to have crafted medals for Canadian Forces, the RCMP and the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. Designed in cooperation with Rick Hansen's team, the medal is a tribute to his experience and to Canadians and people from around the world who continue to be inspired by the Man in Motion World Tour to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Composed of sterling silver (92.5 % silver and 7.5% copper), the medal weighs 400 grams.  The Rick Hansen Medal has been crafted by the Royal Canadian Mint.  These will be carried by Medal-Bearers walking, running or wheeling through the 25th Anniversary Relay commemorating Rick Hansen's historic achievement as it traces an itinerary through China, the United States and Canada. 

The design of the obverse side or "face" of the medal consists of a series uniquely textured ribbons intersecting each other, implying motion, excitement and celebration.  The bilingual motto of the 25th Anniversary: "MANY IN MOTION – UNIS EN MOUVEMENT" is engraved on one ribbon curving in a circular pattern. 

This feature is surrounded by three other interlaced ribbons textured with raised dots of varying diameters, symbolizing the long trails of the Man in Motion World Tour and the waves of energy and inspiration Rick Hansen left in his wake.  The patterns of raised dots represent the many who have been inspired by Rick and his story and the many more who will be motivated to make a difference over the course of the 25th Anniversary Relay. 

Hinting at the opening of possibilities when obstacles are overcome, parts of these bands extend beyond the circumference of the medal.   On the bottom left quarter are boldly engraved the words: "25 Years – Rick Hansen" in bilingual format.

Engraved along the plain edge of the medal are the compelling words "Anything is Possible - Tout est possible".

The reverse or "back" of the medal features mirror images of the motion ribbons found on its obverse.  The forward angle of these ribbons evokes the journey ahead, as Rick Hansen and the many in motion continue to pursue their goals.  The reverse design is completed by the official logo of the 25th Anniversary Man in Motion World Tour, which shows the enduring and inspiring silhouette of Rick Hansen on the original Man in Motion World Tour.

The remaining surface of the medal features the intricate texture of the palm of an actual cycling glove worn by Rick Hansen on his Man in Motion World Tour.  This is the same glove which circled the globe again from space in August 2007, when Canadian astronaut Dave Williams brought it aboard a mission on the U.S. Space Shuttle Endeavour.