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Newsletter #195, March 18, 2010

Royal Canadian Mint launches ice sledge hockey quarter

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Today, the Royal Canadian Mint issued the final coin in its Vancouver 2010 circulation coin program, the 25-cent coin featuring the sport of ice sledge hockey. The coin was launched in the concourse of the Vancouver Public Library, where the Mint is displaying the Vancouver 2010 athlete medals for the duration of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.

"Three years ago, the Mint launched the most extensive circulation coin program ever developed for the Olympic and Paralympic Games," said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "We were the first mint in the world to celebrate the Paralympic Games on circulation coins, therefore we could not be more proud to complete our program with the ice sledge hockey coin."

Canada 2010 sledge hockey quarter
Up to 22 million 25-cent ice sledge hockey coins will enter into circulation today and are available exclusively at RBC Royal Bank branches and participating Petro-Canada locations. RBC is a Premier National Partner and Petro-Canada is a National Partner of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Canada 2010 sledge hockey quarterCanadians can also look for these special coins in their change. Participating Petro-Canada locations wil also sell ice sledge hockey sport cards, containing a uniquely painted version of the coin, for $7.95.

Ice sledge hockey is the Paralympic version of ice hockey. Since its Paralympic debut at the Lillehammer 1994 Paralympic Winter Games, it has quickly become one of the largest attractions for spectators. It is fast-paced, highly physical and played by athletes with a physical disability in the lower part of the body. Instead of skates, players use two-blade sledges that allow the puck to pass beneath. Players use two sticks, which have a spike-end for pushing and a blade-end for shooting. Since the Lillehammer 1994 Paralympic Winter Games, Canada has won three medals: gold (2006), silver (1998) and bronze (1994).

Designed by Canadian artist Glenn Green of Vancouver, BC, the ice sledge hockey circulation coin features an ice sledge hockey athlete 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.

In addition to the circulation coin, the Mint is offering the following related keepsakes, located at www.mint.ca/2010: the first day ice sledge hockey coin ($15.95) and the ice sledge hockey circulation coin roll ($16.95). These products are also available for purchase by calling 1-800-267-7000 or visiting the Royal Canadian Mint boutiques in Winnipeg and Ottawa.

Since launching its Vancouver 2010 program in 2007, the Mint has issued 17 different coins in Canada featuring designs related to the 2010 Winter Games, as well as 79 collector coins and 53 gift products. The Mint is also the proud producer of the Vancouver 2010 athlete medals.

Alas, after 11 wins over Team Japan, Canada's sledge hockey team fell to Japan, 2-1 in today's semifinal.

Other Olympic related pages:

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Royal Canadian Mint launches ice sledge hockey quarter
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
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Canada Post unveils Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics stamps
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Vancouver 2010 Olympics Circulating 25¢ Figure Skating Coin

Canada's Million dollar coin arrives in Beijing
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Royal Canadian Mint releases Freestyle Skiing quarter
Canada Post Celebrates UBC's 100th Anniversary
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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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