March 12 - Sochi 2014 is celebrating its Winter Olympic and Paralympic venues with a commemorative silver coin unveiled today as part of its latest series.
The latest design – "Sports Facilities of Sochi" – depicts the Bolshoy Ice Dome, the Fisht Olympic Stadium, the Shayba Ice Arena, the Ice Cube Curling Centre, the Iceberg Skating Palace and the Adler Arena, as well as Sochi's principle tourist attractions – the Dendrarium, the seaport and Mount Akhun.
Produced in partnership with the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, Goznak and Sberbank, the impressive coin has a denomination of 200 roubles (£4.40/$6.50/€5) and weighs three kilograms.
It forms part of the third series of the Sochi 2014 coin programme, which also features silver coins with denominations of 3 roubles (£0.07/$0.10/€0.08) that depict curling, nordic combined, speed skating and luge, with each coin also depicting an endemic plant from the Sochi region.
Other coins in the series are "Russian Winter", a silver coin with a denomination of 100 roubles (£2.20/$3.26/€2.50) that illustrates winter games traditionally popular in Russia, and gold coins with a denomination of 50 roubles (£1.10/$1.63/€1.25) featuring the first ever Winter Olympic ski jumping and ice hockey competitors.
The Sochi 2014 Paralympic mascots, the Ray of Light and the Snowflake, also get their own coins as part of the third set.
A total of 10 million copies of this commemorative copper-nickel coin with a denomination of 25 roubles (£0.55/$0.82/€0.62) will be minted and put into free circulation.
The showpiece coin from the collection is a gold coin with a denomination of 10,000 roubles (£220/$326/€250) weighing 1 kilogram called "Prometheus" – the person who stole fire from the Gods on Mount Olympus and gave it to the people according to the legend.
The fourth and final series, including 12 different coins featuring different themes connected to Sochi 2014, is expected to enter circulation in June, while a copper-nickel coin depicting the Olympic Torch will be added to the programme in the fall.
The Sochi 2014 coin programme is one of the biggest in Olympic history, with 47 different types of commemorative and investment coins – made from gold, silver and non-ferrous metals – being launched between 2011 and 2014.
More than 46.7 million coins are expected to be produced during the programme, which follows the age-old tradition of minting coins dedicated to the Games, dating back at Helsinki 1952.
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