The Royal Canadian Mint’s latest coin in the Vancouver 2010 collection is launched. The sport of cross-country skiing is depicted on the newest circulating 25-cent coin to commemorate the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
The Mint will officially introduce the public to the tenth of seventeen circulation coins to celebrate the Vancouver Olympic games on Thursday, January 15th. For three continuous days (until Saturday) between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., anyone can exchange money for the new shiny coins at the Lagimodière Boulevard boutique.
"Saving this special coin is a unique way to build momentum for the Games and to generate luck for our athletes who will compete in this momentous event," the Royal Canadian Mint said in a media advisory.
For the ninth celebratory commemorative quarter released in late 2008, the Mint produced some 22 million 25-cent figure skating coins for national circulation. In addition, the Mint offered several related products, like its sport cards with a uniquely painted version of the coin for $7.95. News of similar products to compliment its latest release is likely forthcoming.
The Mint’s website location for Olympic themed coins and information is at www.mint.ca/2010. The site also includes past TV Ads related to the commemorative program for the world to watch, like the humorous one embedded here:
In June, 2006, the Mint became an Official Supporter of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games with the signing of an agreement with the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). The Mint has undertaken to produce the most extensive circulation coin program in relation to the Olympic Games ever conceived by any mint worldwide.
The Mint has exclusive rights for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in the Minting of circulation, Precious Metal and Base Metal Numismatic and Bullion Coins product and service category and will also be responsible for minting the athlete medals.
During its three-year program, the Mint will put into circulation 17 coins in Canada featuring designs related to the 2010 Winter Games. Thirty-six limited mintage collector coins and sets will also be offered. Canadians from coast to coast can share in the pride and touch the Games by collecting and saving these special Canadian coins.
About the Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2008, is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada’s circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2000 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’s history, its products and services, please visit www.mint.ca.
The Boutique of the Royal Canadian Mint is located at 520 Lagimodière Boulevard, Winnipeg, Manitoba.