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Newsletter #110, July 10, 2007

Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Wheelchair Curling Coin issued

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The Royal Canadian Mint today officially released the third of 17 made for circulation coins to celebrate the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Wheelchair curling is depicted on the latest 25-cent coin. The RCM is proud to be the first ever Mint to commemorate the Paralympic Games through the issuing of a circulation coin.

Speaking at the coin launch at Variety Village, Mr. Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the RCM, said: "The Royal Canadian Mint has endeavoured to create the most extensive Olympic and Paralympic circulation coin program in the world and we are honoured to include wheelchair curling in this collection."

Paralympic wheelchair curling coin

"The Paralympic movement uses sport to empower people with physical disabilities at all levels," said Carla Qualtrough, President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. "We are confident that this world first from the Royal Canadian Mint will bring a heightened awareness to this movement in Canada."

Up to 22 million 25-cent wheelchair curling coins will enter into circulation on July 11, 2007.

Wheelchair curling is a relatively new sport, making its Paralympic debut at the Turin 2006 Paralympic Winter Games, with Canada winning the gold medal in this event.

Wheelchair curling is the first of two Paralympic circulation coins to be featured in the RCM's sizeable Olympic and Paralympic coin program. The ice sledge hockey 25-cent circulation coin will be launched in June, 2009.

The origin of the Paralympic Games dates back to 1948 when Sir Ludwig Guttman staged the International Wheelchair Games to coincide with the 1948 London Olympic Games. The first Olympic-style games for athletes with a disability - now called the Paralympic Games - were held after the 1960 Olympic Summer Games in Rome, Italy. The first Paralympic Winter Games took place in Vrnskvldsvik, Sweden, in 1976. During the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, approximately 600 athletes will compete in five sports and 64separate medal events.

Designed by Canadian artist Glenn Green of Vancouver, BC, the wheelchair curling coin features a curler 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 West Vancouver, B.C. artist Susanna Blunt.

Paralympic wheelchair curling coinIn 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 largest 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.

From left, Canada's Karen Blachford, Sonja Gaudet, Gary Cormack, Gerry Austgarden, and Chris Daw celebrate after beating Great Britain 7-4 to clinch the gold medal of the Wheelchair Curling, at the Turin 2006 Winter Paralympic Games, in Pinerolo, Italy, Saturday, March 18, 2006. (AP Photo/Alberto Ramella)

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.

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Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games Open
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Mint Releases 25-Cent Coin Celebrating Women's Hockey Gold at Salt Lake City In 2002
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Vancouver 2010 Olympics Circulating 25¢ Figure Skating Coin

Canada's Million dollar coin arrives in Beijing
Do you believe in luck? - Royal Canadian Mint Issues 2008 Lucky Loonie

Royal Canadian Mint releases Freestyle Skiing quarter
Canada Post Celebrates UBC's 100th Anniversary
Olympic Venues Encrusted with Lucky Loonies
Olympic Snowboarding Quarters take to the slopes
Royal Canadian Mint Release first Vancouver 2010 Olympic Commemorative Quarter
Royal Canadian Mint announces most Ambitious Olympic Coin Program Yet
Royal Canadian Mint to circulate Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Quarters and Dollars
Royal Canadian Mint named as a supplier to the 2010 Olympics
Royal Canadian Mint Launches Lucky Loonie in Vancouver
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Stamp issue
2010 Olympic gold coins
The Royal Canadian Mint launches 25-cent biathlon circulation coin
The Royal Canadian Mint launches 25-cent alpine skiing circulation coin
An Archive of Lucky Loonie Launches
Royal Canadian Mint issues Snowboarding Quarter

Coins:

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic coins are available in our store. They are now available for shipment outside North America.

Anyone worldwide can now order the coins, and get information about them, by calling Brian Grant Duff at (604) 684 4613. By order of Vanoc, we are not allowed to display, describe, or sell the coins on our website, on radio, or on television, but will let you know on the site when they become available.

2002Olympic Gold Medal Men's Hockey Quarter
Vancouver 2010 Olympics Circulating 25¢ Figure Skating Coin
Canada's Million dollar coin arrives in Beijing
Do you believe in luck? - Royal Canadian Mint Issues 2008 Lucky Loonie

Royal Canadian Mint releases Freestyle Skiing quarter
Olympic Venues Encrusted with Lucky Loonies
Olympic Snowboarding Quarters take to the slopes
Royal Canadian Mint Release first Vancouver 2010 Olympic Commemorative Quarter
Royal Canadian Mint announces most Ambitious Olympic Coin Program Yet
Royal Canadian Mint to circulate Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Quarters and Dollars
Royal Canadian Mint named as a supplier to the 2010 Olympics
Royal Canadian Mint Launches Lucky Loonie in Vancouver
The Royal Canadian Mint launches 25-cent biathlon circulation coin
Royal Canadian Mint issues Snowboarding Quarter
The Royal Canadian Mint launches 25-cent alpine skiing circulation coin
2006 Proof Olympic Lucky Loony in a Bookmark
2006 Proof Colourized Sterling Silver Olympic Dollar
2006 Olympic "Lucky" Loonie
An Archive of Lucky Loonie Launches

Stamps:

Canada Post unveils Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics stamps
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Stamps Delayed
2003 2010 Olympic Overprint attached stamp booklet trio
1976 Montréal Special Olympics 20¢ commemorative

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