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Hockey victory voted by fans as the top Canadian Olympic Winter Games moment of all time
OTTAWA , ONTARIO - September 29, 2009 - An historic Olympic hockey victory for Canada is now forever etched on a 25-cent coin. The Royal Canadian Mint is inviting Canadians to save the latest circulation coin in its Vancouver 2010 collection - the 25-cent coin celebrating the men's hockey gold at Salt Lake City in 2002. The launch of the coin was commemorated today at a special event for local hockey youth with special guests including NHL hockey star and member of the 2002 men's Olympic hockey team Michael Peca, Ottawa 67's head coach Chris Byrne and members of the Ottawa 67's hockey team.
"Many Canadians from coast to coast remember where they were on February 24, 2002 when the final seconds of the game counted down to the exhilaration of Canada's first Olympic gold medal in men's hockey in 50 years," said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "We can each relive the thrill of that magical day by saving this special 25-cent coin while looking forward to new memories which will be made at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games."
Up to 22 million 25-cent coins celebrating the men's hockey gold medal at Salt Lake City in 2002 will enter into circulation today, September 29 th. In a unique twist, three million of these coins were produced in brilliant colour and inserted randomly into circulation coin rolls.
The coins are available exclusively at RBC 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. Canadians can also look for these special coins in their change. Participating Petro-Canada locations will also sell sport cards, containing a uniquely painted version of the coin for $7.95.
The men's hockey gold medal at Salt Lake City in 2002 was voted by fans as the #1 Canadian
Olympic Winter Games Moment of all time - out of 10 moments - in an online contest hosted earlier this year by the Mint and Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium. The top three moments will be featured on 25-cent coins. Coming in at #2 was the Canadian women's hockey gold medal at Salt Lake City 2002, followed by Cindy Klassen at #3 and her five long track speed skating medals at Turin 2006. The coins marking these two moments will be launched into circulation on November 17, 2009 and January 5, 2010 respectively.
Designed by Burlington, Ontario artist Jason Bouwman, the 25-cent coin celebrating the men's hockey gold medal at Salt Lake City in 2002 features a hockey player with arms raised in victory, on the backdrop of a maple leaf. The words 'men's hockey masculin', the year '2002' and the logo of the Canadian Olympic Committee also appear on the reverse of the coin. The three million coloured 25-cent coins, which were produced using state-of-the-art patented technology at the Mint's Winnipeg facility, feature the maple leaf in brilliant red colour.
The Mint has also produced a special uncirculated set featuring all three coloured moments coins, available at www.mint.ca/2010. This set and other Royal Canadian Mint product is also available for purchase by calling 1-800-267-7000. Visitors to www.mint.ca/2010 can request a free coin collector card, to keep all of the circulation coins from the Vancouver 2010 collection.
In addition to the next two moments coins, Canadians can look forward to the release of the remaining 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games themed circulation coins: the 2010 Lucky Loonie coin will be launched on the first day of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games (February 12, 2010), while the 25-cent coin featuring the sport of sledge hockey will be launched during the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games (March 18, 2010).
The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada's circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2000 certified company, the Mint 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. The Mint is an Official Supporter of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and has undertaken to produce the most extensive circulation coin program in relation to the Olympic Games ever conceived by any mint worldwide, while also offering limited mintage collector coins and sets. Visit www.mint.ca/2010 for Vancouver 2010 keepsakes and gifts.
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