The Royal Canadian Mint launches the 25-cent Ice Hockey coin to commemorate the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games



    Ice Hockey - Canada's game - the second sport featured in series of 17
    special coins going into circulation over the next three years

    WINNIPEG, April 2 /CNW Telbec/ - The Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) today
officially released the second of 17 circulation coins to celebrate the
Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Ice hockey - widely
considered Canada's game - is depicted on the 25-cent coin. The coin will
enter circulation on April 3 in conjunction with the 2007 Women's World Hockey
Championship being held in Winnipeg from April 3 to April 10.
    Speaking at the official launch ceremony held at the RCM's
state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Winnipeg, Ian E. Bennett, President
and CEO of the RCM, said: "It's no coincidence that we're in Winnipeg, the
site of both the world's premier annual hockey event for women and our
facility that has produced the ice hockey coin. The Mint is delighted to
recognize Canada's passion for this sport as we build towards the Vancouver
2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games."
    Up to 22 million 25-cent ice hockey coins will enter into circulation and
will be available exclusively at RBC Royal Bank and participating Petro-Canada
outlets. RBC Royal Bank 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 ice hockey sports cards, containing a
uniquely painted version of the coin. The sports cards will sell for $7.95 and
will also be available as of April 3.
    Canadian men won the first gold medal for ice hockey in Olympic Games
history at the 1920 Summer Games in Antwerp and the team has been a perennial
favourite and serious competitor ever since. The Canadian women's team has
medaled in all three Games in which ice hockey has been a full medal sport,
beginning with Nagano in 1998 - the last two consecutive have been gold
medals.
    Designed by Canadian artist Glenn Green of Vancouver, BC, the coin
features a hockey player 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.
    Additionally, for enthusiasts and serious collectors in Canada and
abroad, the RCM has introduced a sterling silver collector version of the ice
hockey coin, featuring the sport and a stunning hologram. The sterling silver
coin was designed by Canadian artist Steve Hepburn of Richmond, BC and retails
for $69.95. Canadians can purchase coins through the RCM's website at
www.mint.ca by calling 1-800-267-1871 or through authorized dealers.

    Background

    In June, 2006, the RCM 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 RCM has undertaken to produce the most extensive
circulation program in relation to the Olympic Games ever conceived by any
Mint worldwide.
    The RCM 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.
    Over the next three years, the RCM 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 RCM, an ISO 9001-2000 certified company, is the Crown corporation
responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada's circulation coins. In
operation since 1908, the RCM 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 RCM, its products and services, visit www.mint.ca.

    Images and product details of the RCM's newest collection are available
    by visiting ftp://communications:RCM2007@ftp.mint.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Christine Aquino, Senior Manager, Corporate
Communications, Royal Canadian Mint, (613) 993-9999, (613) 991-5342,
aquino@mint.ca; Jennifer Field, Account Director, Hill & Knowlton Ottawa,
(613) 786-9956 Cellular: (613) 327-0012, jennifer.field@hillandknowlton.ca


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