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Started by Figleaf, January 07, 2010, 09:04:55 AM

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Mint issues 25-cent coin celebrating Canadian speedskater
Tuesday, January 05, 2010

OTTAWA - An acclaimed Olympic Canadian speedskater, used to amassing gold, silver and bronze, will now be able to add steel, copper and nickel to her collection.

The Royal Canadian Mint said on Tuesday it was introducing a 25-cent coin to celebrate Winnipeg-native Cindy Klassen's five medals won during the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. The mint said it would be putting up to 22 million quarters featuring Ms. Klassen into circulation. Ms. Klassen won gold, silver and bronze medals at the Turin Games.

The quarters, which are 94% steel, 3.8% copper and 2.2% nickel plating, feature Ms. Klassen in a speedskating pose against the backdrop of a Maple Leaf. The coins also feature her name and the year 2006 along with the logo of the Canadian Olympic Committee on one side.

The mint said three million of the Ms. Klassen quarters will have the Maple Leaf coloured brilliant red.

Source: The National Post
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