With the sky-high popularity of Buffalo Airways, the Hay River Chamber of Commerce has released a commemorative coin adorned with the famous DC-3 plane.
Along with the WWII-era plane, a picture of Joe McBryan on one side and the Chamber logo on the other.
The Chamber had 3000 pressed, including 100 initial proofs signed by Buffalo Joe himself which sold within an hour, at $25.
The bronze coin is the first commemorative coin the chamber has released since 1984, marking the third in 40 years.
Sandra Lester, a chamber director was the designed the coin and spearheaded the Buffalo theme.
“We are just so darn proud of them,” Lester said.
Although there are no plans to make more of the coin, there are talks of another Buffalo coin in 2013.
The coin is good for $5 in trade among chamber members within Hay River, but based on the initial response to buy them, customers will likely not come across one in their change.
The project, which began as an idea to give away gift certificates, quickly led to the the celebration of the Ice Pilot’s success, was launched to stimulate business in Hay River.
“It’s good for the community, good for Buffalo and good for the Chamber,” Lester said.
The coin, which is a little bigger than a toonie, is available at Chamber of Commerce businesses in Hay River.