Ottawa, Ontario — The Royal Canadian Mint has launched the third and final issue of the world’s first series of bullion coins honouring the spirit of the Olympic Games.
The Mint’s Ottawa facility will produce up to 50,000 gold coins for the 2010 issue and the silver version will be produced on demand.
"The Royal Canadian Mint is very proud to produce gold and silver bullion coins which stand out from the competition and capture the attention of the marketplace," said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.
"The Mint has been delighted by investor and collector response to the first two issues of its Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Gold and Silver Maple Leaf bullion coins and is looking forward to a repeat success as its newest Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games bullion coins are launched with only months remaining before the excitement of the 2010 Winter Games."
The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Gold Maple Leaf bullion coin is made of one ounce of 99.99% pure gold and bears a $50 face value. Bearing a $5 face value, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Silver Maple Leaf bullion coin is struck from one ounce of 99.99% pure silver.
The reverse of the coins features an ice hockey player in full stride, flanked by two maple leaves. The design is the product of collaboration between the Mint’s Bullion and Refinery and Engraving teams. Both coins are now available through the Mint’s extensive network of bullion dealers.
These new Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Gold and Silver Maple Leaf bullion coins are preceded by a 2009 issue featuring a Thunderbird design by Squamish, BC aboriginal artist Xwa Lack Tun (Rick Harry) and the inaugural 2008 issue featuring the logo of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games overlapping the iconic Maple Leaf design, which has graced the reverse of Royal Canadian Mint bullion coins since 1979.
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 9001-2000 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. The Mint is an Official Supporter of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and has undertaken to produce the most extensive circulation coin program in relation to the Olympic Games ever conceived by any mint worldwide, while also offering limited mintage collector coins and sets. Visit www.mint.ca/2010 for Vancouver 2010 keepsakes and gifts.