Canadian paralympics commemorative

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A sympathetic goal and fortunately not another series of 64 quarters with meaningles design.



The Royal Canadian Mint launches 25-cent paralympic wheelchair curling coin
First Mint to commemorate the Paralympic Games through the issuing of a circulation coin 

TORONTO, July 10 /CNW Telbec/

The Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) today officially released the third of 17 circulation coins to celebrate the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Wheelchair curling is depicted on the 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."

"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 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 wheelchair curling sports cards, containing a uniquely painted version of the coin. The sports cards will sell for $7.95 and will also be available as of July 11th.

Wheelchair curling is a relatively new sport, making its Paralympic debut at the Torino 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 extensive 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 64 separate 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 Susanna Blunt.

Additionally, the RCM is offering the first day 25-cent wheelchair curling coin ($15.95) and the 25-cent wheelchair curling circulation coin roll ($16.95). Canadians can purchase these items and other coins through the RCM's website at by calling 1-800-267-1871 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.

(I the pic, left to right) - Chris Daw, 2006 Paralympic Gold Medalist in Wheelchair Curling, "Coin Fan", Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint, James Toccacelli, member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, "Podi", and Karen Blachford, 2006 Paralympic Gold Medalist in Wheelchair Curling celebrate the official release of the 25-cent wheelchair curling coin today at Variety Village in Toronto. The coin is the third of 17 circulation coins to celebrate the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. (CNW Group/Royal Canadian Mint)
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BC Numismatics

That is a very nice coin.This is part of the series of circulating commemoratives for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

Fortunately,the Royal Canadian Mint has now been granted permission by the 2010 Winter Olympic Games Organisation Committee & the International Olympic Committee to sell these coins to their customers outside Canada.

Yes,these are proper 25c. coins.They are not medal-coins like the 'Bullwinkle Quarter' crown-sized 25c. piece.


BC Numismatics

  I finally picked up one of these not even a fortnight ago.I was certainly glad to get it,as it was actually the third coin in the series after the ice hockey & curling 25c. coins.