The Royal Canadian Mint has issued the final coin in its Vancouver 2010 circulation coin program, the 25-cent coin featuring the sport of ice sledge hockey.
Royal Canadian Mint Ice Sledge Hockey Coin
The coin was launched outside of the Vancouver Public Library, where the Mint is displaying the Vancouver 2010 athlete medals for the duration of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.
"Three years ago, the Mint launched the most extensive circulation coin program ever developed for the Olympic and Paralympic Games," said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "We were the first mint in the world to celebrate the Paralympic Games on circulation coins, therefore we could not be more proud to complete our program with the ice sledge hockey coin."
With one day remaining before the eyes of the world turn to Canada for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the Royal Canadian Mint is proud to issue the 2010 Lucky Loonie.
Royal Canadian Mint 2010 Lucky Loonie Products: silver collector coin, circulation coin, circulation roll, and First Day 2010 Lucky Loonie (Click to Enlarge)
The one-dollar coin, which features the Ilanaaq, the Official Emblem of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, was launched at a public hockey shoot-out special event outside the Royal Canadian Mint Pavilion in downtown Vancouver.
"Canadians have waited years for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to finally begin in Vancouver and the Lucky Loonie is a symbol of luck for our athletes participating in these two extraordinary sporting events," said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.
Did you know that the Royal Canadian Mint is the proud producer of the gold, silver and bronze medals for the winning athletes of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games?
Royal Canadian Mint Vancouver 2010 Look of the Games Coins (not to scale) - CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE
It's true and as an "Official Supporter" of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, we've also produced the most extensive circulation coin program in relation to the Olympic Games ever conceived by any mint worldwide.
To promote the excitement and passion of the 2010 Winter Games throughout the world, we're also offering limited mintage collector coins and sets -- they're all part of the Royal Canadian Mint's exclusive Vancouver 2010 Collection.
To celebrate the Winter Games, the Austrian Mint in Vienna has issued two silver 5 Euro coins. Each displays a winter discipline in which Austria is a world-leading performer.
Austrian 5 Euro Snow-Boarding and Ski-Jumping 2010 Winter Games Silver Coins
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The first has as its theme ski jumping. One sees the helmeted ski-jumper captured in his flight from the end of the steep ramp against a background of trees in an alpine forest. The second design shows a female snow-boarder as she performs a hair-raising air trick, flipping her snowboard up over the rim of the half-pipe in which they perform.
Men's Hockey Gold at Salt Lake City 2002 Voted by Fans as Top Canadian Olympic Winter Games Moment of All Time
It was a momentous victory that united a country in pride and passion, cementing Canada's position atop the hockey world and proving once and for all that hockey is Canada's game.
On February 24, with millions of fans on the edge of their seats, Team Canada defeated the United States 5-2 at the 2002 Winter Games to capture Canada's first men's Olympic hockey gold medal in 50 years.
More than seven years later, this moment remains etched in the memories of all Canadians, and was voted by fans as the #1 Canadian Olympic Winter Games Moment of all time.
Results were revealed earlier tonight [Saturday] on CTV and V in the Top 10 Canadian Olympic Winter Moments, presented by the Royal Canadian Mint, which counted down the Top 10 moments (10 through 1), as voted on earlier this year by fans across the country.