Although snow isn't readily available in most parts of Canada at this time of year, the Royal Canadian Mint is inviting Canadians to celebrate an exciting winter sport with the latest circulation coin in its Vancouver 2010 collection -- the 25-cent coin featuring bobsleigh.
To celebrate the launch of the coin, a special coin exchange will be held today in Calgary at the RBC Branch on Stephen Avenue Mall with special guest, Canadian bobsleigh athlete and RBC Olympian, Shelley-Ann Brown.
"Today marks only 234 days until Vancouver hosts the biggest sporting event in the world," said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "Through our innovative circulation coin program, the Mint is providing Canadians from coast to coast to coast with a unique way to collect a piece of the Games, which will serve as a lasting reminder of this extraordinary moment in our country's history."
Vote to Determine Canadian 2010 Olympic 25-Cent Coin Designs
OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Canadians from coast to coast to coast can recall that one special moment during an Olympic Winter Games that captured their imagination and was a source of national pride. Which one stands above the rest in your mind?
The Royal Canadian Mint and Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium are inviting Canadians to vote on the Top 10 Canadian Olympic Winter Moments of all time.
The Top 3 moments will be featured on 25-cent coins, each with a mintage of 22 million, and will enter into circulation in the fall of 2009, leading up to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. The results of the Top 10 Canadian Olympic Winter Moments will be revealed in a one-hour prime-time broadcast special, in English and French, in September 2009 on CTV, TSN and RDS.
The Royal Canadian Mint is releasing the latest circulation coin in its Vancouver 2010 collection – a 25-cent coin featuring the sport of speed skating. The coin was officially launched today at the Canada Cup #3 speed skating event in Quebec City, which is being held at the Anneau de glace Gaétan Boucher.
"Some of Canada's most memorable Winter Olympic moments involve thrilling victories in speed skating and the Mint is delighted to celebrate this sport in such a unique way," said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "As we look forward to the Olympic speed skating competition next February at the Richmond Olympic Oval, we invite all Canadians to keep this special coin as a way to build momentum for the Games."
"We are thrilled to see our sport and athletes depicted on a commemorative coin in the lead up to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games," explained Jean R.Dupré, Director General of Speed Skating Canada. "Our athletes and teams have a long history of Olympic achievements, and we are excited to see they will live on forever with this piece of memorabilia."
Up to 22 million 25-cent speed skating coins will enter into circulation on March 12, 2009 and will be available exclusively at RBC branches and participating Petro-Canada locations.
Royal Canadian Mint's Vancouver 2010 commemorative circulation coin program continues with 25-cent figure skating coin. Canadians from coast to coast encouraged to hold onto their "lucky" quarters.
OTTAWA — The Royal Canadian Mint's newest coin in the Vancouver 2010 collection is here! The sport of figure skating is depicted on the coin, which is the ninth of 17 circulation coins to commemorate the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The launch of the coin was celebrated yesterday in Vancouver with area youth and Vancouver 2010 mascots Quatchi, Miga and Sumi.