OTTAWA, ONTARIO — November 18, 2008 — 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.
“Canada has a very proud history in Olympic figure skating and the Mint is delighted to feature this popular winter sport in our extensive coin program,” said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “Saving this special coin, along with the other coins in the Vancouver 2010 collection, is a unique way to build momentum as we await the Games and to generate luck for our athletes who will be competing in this momentous event in our nation’s history.”
Up to 22 million 25-cent figure skating coins will enter into circulation today and will be available exclusively at RBC branches and participating Petro-Canada outlets. RBC is a Premier National Partner and Petro-Canada is a National Partner of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Canadians can also look for these special coins in their change. Participating Petro-Canada gas stations will also sell figure skating sport cards, containing a uniquely painted version of the coin. The sport cards, which are now available, sell for $7.95.
Olympic figure skating has four disciplines: men’s and ladies’ singles, pairs and ice dance. The sport first appeared on indoor ice rinks at the London 1908 Olympic Games with events for pairs and singles. Ice dancing joined the Olympic Winter Games in 1976, when the Games were held in Innsbruck, Austria. Canada’s first figure skating Olympic gold medal was won at the 1948 Winter Olympic Games in St. Moritz, Switzerland by Barbara Ann Scott, who captured the ladies’ singles title.
Designed by Canadian artist Glenn Green of Vancouver, BC, the figure skating circulation coin features a pairs figure skating team in the centre, a stylized maple leaf and the words ‘Vancouver 2010’. The obverse features the portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, rendered by Susanna Blunt.
In addition to the circulation coin, the Mint is offering the following related keepsakes, located at www.mint.ca/2010; a sterling silver version of the figure skating coin, featuring a stunning hologram ($71.95); the first day 25-cent figure skating coin ($15.95); and the 25-cent figure skating circulation coin roll ($16.95). These and other Royal Canadian Mint products are also available for purchase by calling 1-800-267-7000.
Canadians can look forward to the following 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games themed circulation coins: four 25-cent coins will feature the sports of cross country skiing (January 15, 2009), speed skating (March 12, 2009), bobsleigh (June 23, 2009) and Paralympics sledge hockey (March 16, 2010), while the 2010 Lucky Loonie will be launched on February 9, 2010, just prior to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
Details on three special circulation coins celebrating the top three Canadian Olympic moments will be announced in the near future.
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.
Images and product details of the Mint’s newest collection are available by visiting ftp://communications:RCM2007@ftp.mint.ca.