The Royal Canadian Mint launches 25-cent alpine skiing circulation coin

    Fifth sport featured in series of 17 special coins going into circulation
    over the next three years

    OTTAWA, Oct. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - The Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) today
officially released the fifth of 17 circulation coins to celebrate the
Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The sport of alpine skiing
is depicted on the 25-cent coin.
    "Alpine skiing is yet another sport the Mint is proudly celebrating as
part of its extensive Olympic coin program," said Ian E. Bennett, President
and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "As we look ahead to the next two years,
the Mint will continue to offer Canadians from coast to coast the unique
opportunity to collect a piece of the Games."
    "Alpine Canada Alpin is honoured that our great sport is being showcased
to all Canadians though the issuing of an Olympic coin," said Mr. Ken Read,
Chief Executive Officer of Alpine Canada Alpin. "Alpine ski racing has a long
tradition of excellence in this country and our athletes are committed to
being the very best in the world as we head towards the 2010 Winter Games."
    Up to 22 million 25-cent alpine skiing coins will enter into circulation
today, October 24th, 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 alpine
skiing sport cards, containing a uniquely painted version of the coin. The
sport cards, which are now available, sell for $7.95.
    Alpine skiing has been contested at every Winter Olympics since the 1936
Winter Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. The Olympic alpine
competition consists of ten events, one each for men and women in the
following disciplines: super combined, downhill, giant slalom, slalom and
super-G. Canadians have won 10 medals in alpine skiing at the Olympic Games,
including four gold medals. The first Canadian to win Olympic alpine gold was
Anne Heggtveit in the slalom event at the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley.
    Designed by Canadian artist Glenn Green of Vancouver, BC, the alpine
skiing circulation coin features an alpine skier 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.
    While the alpine skiing coin marks the final Olympic Winter Games themed
coin to be launched into circulation in 2007, Canadians can look forward to
several more in 2008: four 25-cent coins will feature the sports of
snowboarding (February 20th), freestyle skiing (April 16th), figure skating
(September 10th) and bobsleigh (October 29th), while the 2008 Lucky Loonie
will be launched prior to the Beijing Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games on
July 23rd.
    Additionally, the RCM is offering a sterling silver collector version of
the alpine skiing coin, featuring a stunning hologram. The sterling silver
coin was designed by Toronto artist Brian Hughes and retails for $69.95. The
RCM is also offering the first day 25-cent alpine skiing coin ($15.95) and the
25-cent alpine skiing circulation coin roll ($16.95). These items and other
coins can be purchased through the RCM's website at by calling  
1-800-267-1871 or through authorized dealers.


    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 coin 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
    Images and product details of the RCM's newest collection are available
by visiting

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For further information:

For further information: Christine Aquino, Director, Communications,
Royal Canadian Mint, (613) 993-9999, (613) 991-5342,; Jennifer
Field, Account Director, Hill & Knowlton Ottawa, (613) 786-9956, Cellular:
(613) 327-0012,

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