The Royal Canadian Mint Launches 25-Cent Biathlon Circulation Coin

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Ottawa, Ontario, September 12, 2007  – 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."

"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.

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.

Additionally, the RCM is offering a sterling silver collector version of the biathlon coin, featuring a stunning hologram. The sterling silver coin was designed by Canadian artist, Bonnie Ross, of Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia and retails for $69.95. The RCM is also offering the first day 25-cent biathlon coin ($15.95) and the 25-cent biathlon circulation coin roll ($16.95). These items and other coins can be purchased through the RCM's website at by calling 1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1 800 268 6468 in the US, or through authorized dealers.

In 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 most extensive circulation 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.

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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