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Newsletter #117, September 12, 2007

The Royal Canadian Mint launches 25-cent biathlon circulation coin

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The Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) today officially released the fourth of 17 circulation coins to celebrate the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The sport of biathlon is depicted on the 25-cent coin.

"With every coin launch, we are nearing the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Mint is proud to be offering such an extensive coin program to Canadians from coast to coast," said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "I encourage all Canadians to celebrate the sport of biathlon and its athletes by looking for this coin in their change.

olympic biathlon - Myriam Bédard
Canadian Olympic Biathlete, Myriam Bédard
"It is very exciting to have the sport of biathlon depicted on a 25-cent coin that all Canadians will have access to for their everyday purchases," said Joanne Thomson, Executive Director of Biathlon Canada. "This will definitely assist in increasing the awareness of biathlon, and in creating excitement surrounding this sport, as well as support for the athletes participating as Olympic Team members in 2010. The addition of a special sterling silver collector version makes the uniqueness of the sport of biathlon truly visible to sport enthusiasts and coin collectors alike."

Up to 22 million 25-cent biathlon coins will enter into circulation today, September 12th, 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 biathlon sports cards, containing a uniquely painted version of the coin. The sports cards, which are now available, sell for $7.95.

The sport of biathlon combines the marksmanship together in an exciting display of pure athleticism alongside the skill of extreme precision. The first recorded biathlon competition was organized near the border between Sweden and Norway in 1767 and was contested at the first Olympic Winter Games at Chamonix, France in 1924. The sport remained on the Olympic program until 1948, and then was re-introduced to the Olympic Games in Squaw Valley in 1960. Today, more than 65 countries participate in the sport at the World Championships and Olympic Winter Games.

olympic biathlon - Myriam Bédard
Canadian Olympic Biathlete, Myriam Bédard, foreground
Designed by Canadian artist Glenn Green of Vancouver, BC, the biathlon circulation coin features a biathlete 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.

The biathlon coin as well as complete olympic coin sets are now available in the store. Call Brian Grant-Duff at 604-684-4613 or 604-263-3113 for more information.

Newsletters:

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The Royal Canadian Mint Pavilion at the Paralympic Games
Canada Wins First Olympic Gold on Home Soil
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games Open
Mint Releases 25-cent Coin Celebrating Cindy Klassen

Mint Releases 25-Cent Coin Celebrating Women's Hockey Gold at Salt Lake City In 2002
2010 Olympic Medal Unveiled
Olympic Bullion Coins

The Royal Canadian Mint Releases Bobsleigh Olympic Quarter
Royal Canadian Mint Releases Speed Skating Quarter
Vote on Your Favourite Top 10 Canadian Olympic Winter Moments
Canada Post unveils Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics stamps
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Stamps Delayed
The Richmond Olympic Oval Opens to the Public
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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