Canadian Mint Issues First 2008 Olympic 25-Cent Coin


The Royal Canadian Mint Wednesday officially released the first Olympic 25-cent circulation coin of 2008, which depicts the sport of snowboarding. It's the sixth of 17 circulation coins for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.
About 22 million 25-cent snowboarding coins will enter into circulation Wednesday and will be available exclusively at RBC, a Premier National Partner, and Petro-Canada gas stations. Petro-Canada is a National Partner of the Vancouver 2010 Games.
Participating Petro-Canada gas stations will also sell snowboarding sport cards containing a "uniquely" painted version of the coin, according to a media release.
The snowboarding coin was designed by Canadian artist Glenn Green of Vancouver and features a snowboarder in the centre, a stylized maple leaf, and the words "Vancouver 2010". The obverse features the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
There will be four more Olympic Winter Games themed circulation coins in 2008; three 25-cent coins will feature freestyle skiing, figure skating and bobsleigh, while the 2008 "Lucky Loonie" will be launched July 23, just ahead of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
According to the media release the Mint is also offering a sterling silver collector version of the snowboarding coin featuring a "stunning" hologram.
The coins can be purchased through the Royal Canadian Mint's website at

No comments: