Royal Canadian Mint celebrates bobsleigh with launch of latest 25-cent coin in Vancouver 2010 collection



    CALGARY, June 23 /CNW Telbec/ - 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."
    "Our Government is proud to support the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and
Paralympic Winter Games through this coin initiative," said the Honourable
Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport). "This is a great chance for all
Canadians to have a commemorative souvenir of the Games that will stay with
them well beyond 2010. These will be Canada's Games, and Canadians are excited
to cheer on our athletes as they own the podium."
    Up to 22 million 25-cent bobsleigh coins will enter into circulation
today, June 23, 2009 and be available exclusively at RBC branches and
participating Petro-Canada locations. 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 locations will also sell bobsleigh
sport cards, containing a uniquely painted version of the coin, for $7.95.
    The three Olympic Winter Games sliding sports are bobsleigh, skeleton and
luge. All three grew out of the practice of using a sled or toboggan - a
light, narrow wooden platform on runners - to slide on snow or ice. The
four-man bobsleigh was on the program of the first Olympic Winter Games in
1924, in Chamonix, France. The two-man bobsleigh event joined the Olympic
Games program in 1932. Women began competing in bobsleigh for the first time
in 2002, at the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games.
    Designed by Canadian artist Glenn Green of Vancouver, BC, the bobsleigh
circulation coin features a four member bobsleigh team and their sled 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: the sterling silver bobsleigh
coin, featuring a stunning hologram ($71.95); the first day 25-cent bobsleigh
coin ($15.95); and the 25-cent bobsleigh 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 still look forward to the release of the following 2010
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games themed circulation coins: a 25-cent coin
will feature the sport of ice sledge hockey (March 18, 2010), while the 2010
Lucky Loonie will be launched on February 15, 2010, just prior to the
Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. On February 12th, the Mint and Canada's
Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium launched the Top 10 Canadian Olympic Winter
Moments contest, where Canadians were invited to select the Top 3 moments,
which will be featured on 25-cent coins in late 2009.

    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.

    Images and product details of the Mint's latest products are available by
visiting ftp://communications:RCM2007@ftp.mint.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Christine Aquino, Director, Communications,
Royal Canadian Mint, (613) 993-9999, aquino@mint.ca


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