Royal Canadian Mint's Vancouver 2010 commemorative circulation coin program continues with 25-cent figure skating coin

The Vancouver 2010 mascots Quatchi, Miga and Sumi celebrate the launch of the Royal Canadian Mint's 25-cent figure skating coin with students from University Hill Elementary School at the Thunderbird Arena in Vancouver on November 17, 2008. (CNW Group/Royal Canadian Mint)


    Canadians from coast to coast encouraged to hold onto their "lucky"
    quarters

    OTTAWA, Nov. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - 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.

    Background

    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./NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at http://photos.newswire.ca.
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/
For further information: Christine Aquino, Director, Communications,
Royal Canadian Mint, (613) 993-9999, aquino@mint.ca