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Calgary’s best known hockey arena will be saddled with a silver honour on Wednesday.


The Pengrowth Saddledome is the subject of the latest collectible coin coming out of the Royal Canadian Mint as part of a line commemorating iconic Canadian structures.


The $20 piece — set to be unveiled in Calgary on Wednesday at a ceremony attended by Calgary mayor David Bronconnier, Calgary Flames president Ken King and former Flames captain Jim Peplinski — uses holography to project a three-dimensional photograph of the famous hockey arena onto the silver coin.


The Saddledome piece is just the latest in the Mint’s Architectural Treasure Series that already includes Toronto’s CN Tower and Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica, said Royal Canada Mint spokeswoman Meghan Feist.


“They’re there to honour different structures within Canada and the Pengrowth Saddledome is one they wanted to honour,” she said.


Only 15,000 of the 99.9% silver, 31.39-g coins will be available through the Mint at www.mint.ca for $69.95.


A second commemorative coin, a quarter with a large, red Flames flaming C in the centre, will also be unveiled.


The 25-cent piece is part of the Special Edition Vintage Hockey Logo coin set that includes a penny, nickel, dime and 50-cent piece, as well as a 2007 loonie and toonie.


All Canadian NHL cities will get similar treatment from the Mint, with all of them getting special edition hockey coin sets, said Feist.

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