Saskatchewan Roughrider 100th anniversary loonies unveiled

People line up at Northgate Mall in Regina to get their own coins
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People went "loonie" over a gold coin imprinted with the Saskatchewan Roughriders logo that was unveiled at the Northgate Mall on Thursday afternoon.

Three million of the limited edition coins have been produced by the Royal Canadian Mint.

James Love with the Royal Canadian Mint says there is a lack of green on the coin, but there's a good reason.

"Because this is a circulation coin, it needs to be a bit more durable -- not that I really expect any will go into circulation," he said with a laugh.

CEO and President of the Riders Jim Hopson summed the launch up by calling the day "special."

"I just think it's great. I guess it kind of symbolizes, though, what a big deal the Riders are to its fans and to the country and to the province," he said.

The first Rider coin minted will be used in the coin toss in Sunday's Labour Day Classic against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers -- appropriate, perhaps, since the coins were minted in Winnipeg.

Coins were also made available at the Roughrider store in Saskatoon on Thursday.

Coin exchanges will be held Sept. 2-5 in Regina, Moose Jaw and Saskatoon. Dates and times of those exchanges are listed on www.riderville.com.

Photo by Samantha Maciag.