BANFF, AB, Jan. 11, 2014 /CNW/ - The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to issue Canada's latest commemorative
circulation coin, the 2014 Lucky Loonie. The coin was unveiled today
at the Canadian Olympic Team's Sochi Block Party event in Banff by
Blake Richards, MP for Wild Rose, Christine Aquino, Director of
Communications and Public Affairs at the Royal Canadian Mint, Steve
Podborski, Sochi 2014 Chef de Mission and Jean-Luc Brassard, Assistant
Chef de Mission.
"Our Government is proud to support and foster the success of our
athletes on the international stage, including the Sochi 2014 Winter
Games," said Mr. Richards. "The 2014 Lucky Loonie is yet another way
to show our athletes that we celebrate their life-long commitment and
wish them well as they represent Canada in Sochi."
"The 2014 Lucky Loonie is a special keepsake to commemorate the
achievements and talent and of Canada's athletes as they compete at the
Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games," said Mr. Ian E.
Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "Canadians can
wish our athletes luck by keeping this special coin produced by the
Mint as well as create a lasting memory of Canada's participation at
In what is now a legendary tale, a Loonie was buried at centre ice prior
to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City to bring good luck
to Canada's gold medal-winning men's and women's ice hockey teams. The
Mint has since produced a Lucky Loonie circulation coin for each
subsequent Games. Each member of the Canadian team will receive a 2014
Lucky Loonie upon their arrival in Sochi.
The circulation coin features a familiar Lucky Loonie design of a loon
spreading its majestic wings while sitting on rippling Canadian lake
waters, bearing the year 2014. Designed by artist Emily S. Damstra, the
coin also features the Canadian Olympic Team logo. Five million 2014
Lucky Loonies have been produced and will enter into circulation on
January 20th. Canadians are encouraged to look for the coin in their change or visit
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
9001-2008 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, its products and
services, visit. www.mint.ca.
Lucky Loonie images are available by visiting ftp://communications:RCM2007@ftp.mint.ca.
Image with caption: "Jean-Luc Brassard, Assistant Chef de Mission, Blake Richards, MP for Wild Rose, Christine Aquino, Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Royal Canadian Mint and Steve Podborski, Sochi 2014 Chef de Mission unveil the 2014 Lucky Loonie circulation coin at the Canadian Olympic Team's Sochi Block Party event in Banff, Alberta. (CNW Group/Royal Canadian Mint)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140111_C8165_PHOTO_EN_35454.jpg
SOURCE: Royal Canadian Mint
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