Winter Olympic coins

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Although the first Olympic coin can be traced back to 480 BC, the modern Olympics did not see its first commemoratives until 1951. The original concept of Olympic coins was that the Greeks believed that coins brought the general public closer to the Olympic games.[1] The premise was that those who could not attend the games could at least have a tangible souvenir of the event.[1]

In 1951, the government of Finland authorized the striking of the first modern Olympic coin, a 500 Markkaa. The first Winter Games coin that numismatists could add to their collection was in 1964. An Official Act of the Government of Austria authorized the Austrian Mint to strike a commemorative 50 Schilling coin for the event.[2]

With the exception of Canada’s Lucky Loonie program and its 2007 25-cent pieces to commemorate the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, it is rare that Olympic coins are minted for circulation. Traditionally, Olympic coins are numismatic coins. [1]

Winter Games[edit]

Year Event Host city Number of coins
1924 2001 I Olympic Winter Games Chamonix, France None
1928 II Olympic Winter Games St. Moritz, Switzerland None
1932 III Olympic Winter Games Lake Placid, United States None
1936 IV Olympic Winter Games Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany None
1948 V Olympic Winter Games St. Moritz, Switzerland None
1952 VI Olympic Winter Games Oslo, Norway None
1956 VII Olympic Winter Games Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy None
1960 VIII Olympic Winter Games Squaw Valley, United States None
1964 IX Olympic Winter Games Innsbruck, Austria 1
1968 X Olympic Winter Games Grenoble, France None
1972 XI Olympic Winter Games Sapporo, Japan 1
1976 XII Olympic Winter Games Innsbruck, Austria 4
1980 XIII Olympic Winter Games Lake Placid, United States None
1984 XIV Olympic Winter Games Sarajevo, Yugoslavia 18
1988 XV Olympic Winter Games Calgary, Canada 11
1992 XVI Olympic Winter Games Albertville, France 15
1994 XVII Olympic Winter Games Lillehammer, Norway 16
1998 XVIII Olympic Winter Games Nagano, Japan N/A
2002 XIX Olympic Winter Games Salt Lake City, United States 2
2006 XX Olympic Winter Games Turin, Italy 11
2010 XXI Olympic Winter Games Vancouver, Canada 17
2014 XXII Olympic Winter Games Sochi, Russia 46

Specifications for Winter Games coins[edit]

1964 Innsbruck Olympics[edit]

Specifications

Denomination Reverse Design Artist Obverse Design Artist Edge Date of Issue Finish
50 Schilling A ski jumper with the Tyrolean Alps in the background, the Olympic rings, the legend: “IX Olympische Winterspiele 1964 Innsbruck” and the name of the artist Grienauer Edwin Grienauer The nine coats of arms of the Austrian Federal Provinces, and the legend: “Republik Osterreich” and “50 Schilling” Arnold Hartig Lettering on a plain edge: “50 Schilling” 1964 Proof and Circulated

Dimensions

Diameter Weight Thickness Composition Mintage Mint Mark Struck by Issue Price
34 mm 20 grams 2.35 mm .900 silver and .100 copper 67,950 (Proof) and 2,832,050 (Circulated) No Mint marks Munze Osterreich (Austrian Mint) 50 Austrian Schilling

1972 Sapporo Olympics[edit]

Specifications

Denomination Reverse Design Artist Obverse Design Artist Edge Date of Issue Finish
100 Yen 100, the Olympic rings, a snowflake on each side, above the legend: 1972, and a Japanese word meaning Sapporo, and below, a Japanese legend meaning: “year 47 of the reign of Showa” Mint Officials The Olympic torch, the legend: Sapporo, the Japanese legend meaning: “Japan” and below, a Japanese text meaning: “100 Yen” Mint Officials Milled 1972 Circulated

Dimensions

Diameter Weight Thickness Composition Mintage Mint Mark Struck by Issue Price
30 mm 12 grams 2.4 mm Cupronickel (.750 copper and .250 nickel) 30,000,000 No mint marks The Ministry of Finance, Mint Bureau 100 Yen

1976 Innsbruck Olympics[edit]

The games were to be held in Denver, Colorado but after two years of preparation, the city withdrew and Innsbruck was chosen to stage the Games.[3] The Hall Mint, one of the oldest mints in Europe was reopened to strike some of the coins.[4]

Series One[edit]

Specifications

Denomination Reverse Design Artist Obverse Design Artist Edge Date of Issue Finish
100 Schilling The Innsbruck Olympic emblem, the legend: “XII Olympische Winterspiele”, stylized snowflakes at the bottom, and the artist’s name below. Ferdinand Welz Ten coats of arms: Republic Eagle of Austria and the arms of the Federal Provinces (See Note) Edwin Grienauer Lettering on a plain edge: 100 Schilling 1974 Proof and Circulated

Dimensions

Diameter Weight Thickness Composition Mintage Mint Mark Struck by Issue Price
36 mm 24 grams 2.70 mm .640 silver and .360 copper Proof: 373,600, Circulated: 2,826,400 No mint marks Munze Osterreich (Austrian Mint) Proof: 140 Austrian Schilling, Circulated: 100 Austrian Schilling

NOTE: The Federal Provinces are: Burgenland, Carinthia, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Salzburg, Styria, Tyrol, Vorallberg and Vienna

Series Two[edit]

Specifications

Denomination Reverse Design Artist Obverse Design Artist Edge Date of Issue Finish
100 Schilling A townscape Innsbruck, the Olympic rings, the legend: “XII Olympische Winterspiele Innsbruck 1976”, and the name Zelger. Arthur Zegler and Kutr Baduak The emblem of Austria with a stylized Austrian eagle and the legend: “Republik Osterreich 100 Schilling” Helmuth Gsollpointner Lettering on a plain edge: 100 Schilling 1975 Proof and Circulated

Dimensions

Diameter Weight Thickness Composition Mintage (Vienna Shield) Mintage (Hall Eagle) Mint Mark Struck by Issue Price
36 mm 24 grams 2.70 mm .640 silver and .360 copper Proof: 232,000, Circulated: 2,718,000 Proof: 223,000, Circulated: 2,692,000 No mint marks Munze Osterreich (Austrian Mint) Proof: 150 Austrian Schilling, Circulated: 100 Austrian Schilling

Series Three[edit]

Specifications

Denomination Reverse Design Artist Obverse Design Artist Edge Date of Issue Finish
100 Schilling A stylized skier, the legend: “XII Olympische Winterspiele Innsbruck 1976”, and the name Zobl. Helmut Zobl The emblem of Austria with a stylized Austrian eagle and the legend: “Republik Osterreich 100 Schilling” Helmuth Gsollpointner Lettering on a plain edge: 100 Schilling 1975 Proof and Circulated

Dimensions

Diameter Weight Thickness Composition Mintage (Vienna Shield) Mintage (Hall Eagle) Mint Mark Struck by Issue Price
36 mm 24 grams 2.70 mm .640 silver and .360 copper Proof: 184,200, Circulated: 2,640,800 Proof: 179,000, Circulated: 2,636,000 No mint marks Munze Osterreich (Austrian Mint) Proof: 150 Austrian Schilling, Circulated: 100 Austrian Schilling

Series Four[edit]

Specifications

Denomination Reverse Design Artist Obverse Design Artist Edge Date of Issue Finish
100 Schilling The Bergisel ski jump and the Olympic rings with the legend: “XII Olympische Winterspiele Innsbruck 1976”, and above the rings, the words: “Bregisel Schanze”, and the artist’sname Bucheder. Erwin Bucheder The emblem of Austria with a stylized Austrian eagle and the legend: “Republik Osterreich 100 Schilling” Helmuth Gsollpointner Lettering on a plain edge: 100 Schilling 1975 Proof and Circulated

Dimensions

Diameter Weight Thickness Composition Mintage (Vienna Shield) Mintage (Hall Eagle) Mint Mark Struck by Issue Price
36 mm 24 grams 2.70 mm .640 silver and .360 copper Proof: 188,000, Circulated: 2,627,000 Proof: 179,400, Circulated: 2,610,600 No mint marks Munze Osterreich (Austrian Mint) Proof: 150 Austrian Schilling, Circulated: 100 Austrian Schilling

1984 Sarajevo Olympics[edit]

At the time, Sarajevo was the second largest city to host the Olympic Winter Games.[5] These were the first Winter Olympic Games that featured gold coins.[5] Marja-Liisa Haemaelaeinen of Finland was the first woman to win three gold medals in cross country skiing. Katarina Witt won her first Olympic gold medal in Figure Skating, and figure skating duo Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean won the Gold Medal, and performed to the music of Ravel’s Bolero.

100 Dinara[edit]

The dimensions are the same for all the 100 Dinara coins. Each series of coins had the same themes: Culture and History, Ice Sports, and Snow Sports.

  • Dimensions
Diameter Weight Thickness Composition Mint Mark Struck by
30 mm 13 grams 1.8 mm .925 silver and .075 copper No Mintmarks Zlatara Majdanpek (ZM) and Zavod za izradu novcanica (ZIN)

The artists for all Reverse Designs were Nebojsa Mitric, Dragisa Andric, Dragomir Mileusnic, Djordje Jovanovic, and Ljubisa Mancic. The artist for all Obverse Designs was Nebojsa Mitric.

  • Specifications
Series Reverse Design Obverse Design Edge Date of Issue Finish Mintage (ZM) Mintage (ZIN) Issue Price
One Two ice hockey players, and the legend, “XIV Zimske Olimpijske Igre Sarajevo ‘84”, meaning: “XIV Olympic Winter Games Sarajevo ‘84”. The Olympic emblem of Sarajevo, the emblem of Yugoslavia, and a Cyrillic legend, meaning: “The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia” Milled 1982 (released December 15, 1983) Proof 31,135 46,323 3,375 Dinar ($29.50 US)
Two A figure skater, and the legend, “XIV Zimske Olimpijske Igre Sarajevo ‘84”, meaning: “XIV Olympic Winter Games Sarajevo ‘84”. The Olympic emblem of Sarajevo, the emblem of Yugoslavia, and a Cyrillic legend, meaning: “The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia” Milled 1983 Proof 58,697 17,614 3,375 Dinar ($29.50 US)
Three Two man bobsleigh, and the legend, “XIV Zimske Olimpijske Igre Sarajevo ‘84”, meaning: “XIV Olympic Winter Games Sarajevo ‘84”. The Olympic emblem of Sarajevo, the emblem of Yugoslavia, and a Cyrillic legend, meaning: “The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia” Milled 1983 Proof 42,958 5,116 3,375 Dinar ($29.50 US)
Four Speed skater, and the legend, “XIV Zimske Olimpijske Igre Sarajevo ‘84”, meaning: “XIV Olympic Winter Games Sarajevo ‘84”. The Olympic emblem of Sarajevo, the emblem of Yugoslavia, and a Cyrillic legend, meaning: “The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia” Milled 1984 Proof 39,504 6,188 3,375 Dinar ($29.50 US)
Five A pair of figure skaters, and the legend, “XIV Zimske Olimpijske Igre Sarajevo ‘84”, meaning: “XIV Olympic Winter Games Sarajevo ‘84”. The Olympic emblem of Sarajevo, the emblem of Yugoslavia, and a Cyrillic legend, meaning: “The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia” Milled 1984 Proof 33,387 8,468 3,375 Dinar ($29.50 US)

250 Dinara[edit]

The dimensions are the same for all the 250 Dinara coins. Each series of coins had the same themes: Culture and History, Ice Sports, and Snow Sports.

  • Dimensions
Diameter Weight Thickness Composition Mint Mark Struck by
34 mm 17 grams 1.85 mm .925 silver and .075 copper No Mintmarks Zlatara Majdanpek (ZM) and Zavod za izradu novcanica (ZIN)

The artists for all Reverse Designs were Nebojsa Mitric, Dragisa Andric, Dragomir Mileusnic, Djordje Jovanovic, and Ljubisa Mancic. The artist for all Obverse Designs was Nebojsa Mitric.

  • Specifications
Series Reverse Design Obverse Design Edge Date of Issue Finish Mintage (ZM) Mintage (ZIN) Issue Price
One A view of Sarajevo, and the legend, “XIV Zimske Olimpijske Igre Sarajevo ‘84”, meaning: “XIV Olympic Winter Games Sarajevo ‘84”. The Olympic emblem of Sarajevo, the emblem of Yugoslavia, and a Cyrillic legend, meaning: “The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia” Milled 1982 (released December 15, 1983) Proof 53,499 16,751 4,125 Dinar ($36 US)
Two Artifacts, the words Leponski VIR, and the legend, “XIV Zimske Olimpijske Igre Sarajevo ‘84”, meaning: “XIV Olympic Winter Games Sarajevo ‘84”. The Olympic emblem of Sarajevo, the emblem of Yugoslavia, and a Cyrillic legend, meaning: “The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia” Milled 1983 Proof 40,448 11,703 4,125 Dinar ($36 US)
Three Radimlia’s tomb, and the legend, “XIV Zimske Olimpijske Igre Sarajevo ‘84”, meaning: “XIV Olympic Winter Games Sarajevo ‘84”. The Olympic emblem of Sarajevo, the emblem of Yugoslavia, and a Cyrillic legend, meaning: “The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia” Milled 1983 Proof 43,247 528 4,125 Dinar ($36 US)
Four Jajce Village, 29.XI, 1943, and the legend, “XIV Zimske Olimpijske Igre Sarajevo ‘84”, meaning: “XIV Olympic Winter Games Sarajevo ‘84”. The Olympic emblem of Sarajevo, the emblem of Yugoslavia, and a Cyrillic legend, meaning: “The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia” Milled 1984 Proof 38,119 3,649 4,125 Dinar ($36 US)
Five The effigy of Josip Broz Tito, and the legend, “XIV Zimske Olimpijske Igre Sarajevo ‘84”, meaning: “XIV Olympic Winter Games Sarajevo ‘84”. The Olympic emblem of Sarajevo, the emblem of Yugoslavia, and a Cyrillic legend, meaning: “The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia” Milled 1984 Proof 31,011 5,743 4,125 Dinar ($36 US)

500 Dinara[edit]

The dimensions are the same for all the 500 Dinara coins. Each series of coins had the same themes: Culture and History, Ice Sports, and Snow Sports.

  • Dimensions
Diameter Weight Thickness Composition Mint Mark Struck by
38 mm 23 grams 2 mm .925 silver and .075 copper No Mintmarks Zlatara Majdanpek (ZM) and Zavod za izradu novcanica (ZIN)

The artists for all Reverse Designs were Nebojsa Mitric, Dragisa Andric, Dragomir Mileusnic, Djordje Jovanovic, and Ljubisa Mancic. The artist for all Obverse Designs was Nebojsa Mitric.

  • Specifications
Series Reverse Design Obverse Design Edge Date of Issue Finish Mintage (ZM) Mintage (ZIN) Issue Price
One A downhill skii\er, and the legend, “XIV Zimske Olimpijske Igre Sarajevo ‘84”, meaning: “XIV Olympic Winter Games Sarajevo ‘84”. The Olympic emblem of Sarajevo, the emblem of Yugoslavia, and a Cyrillic legend, meaning: “The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia” Milled 1982 (released December 15, 1983) Proof 32,812 37,063 5,125 Dinar ($45 US)
Two A ski jumper, and the legend, “XIV Zimske Olimpijske Igre Sarajevo ‘84”, meaning: “XIV Olympic Winter Games Sarajevo ‘84”. The Olympic emblem of Sarajevo, the emblem of Yugoslavia, and a Cyrillic legend, meaning: “The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia” Milled 1983 Proof 44,508 12,893 5,125 Dinar ($45 US)
Three Biathlon, and the legend, “XIV Zimske Olimpijske Igre Sarajevo ‘84”, meaning: “XIV Olympic Winter Games Sarajevo ‘84”. The Olympic emblem of Sarajevo, the emblem of Yugoslavia, and a Cyrillic legend, meaning: “The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia” Milled 1983 Proof 36,962 4,630 5,125 Dinar ($45 US)
Four A cross-country skier, and the legend, “XIV Zimske Olimpijske Igre Sarajevo ‘84”, meaning: “XIV Olympic Winter Games Sarajevo ‘84”. The Olympic emblem of Sarajevo, the emblem of Yugoslavia, and a Cyrillic legend, meaning: “The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia” Milled 1984 Proof 32,142 7,200 5,125 Dinar ($45 US)
Five A slalom skier, and the legend, “XIV Zimske Olimpijske Igre Sarajevo ‘84”, meaning: “XIV Olympic Winter Games Sarajevo ‘84”. The Olympic emblem of Sarajevo, the emblem of Yugoslavia, and a Cyrillic legend, meaning: “The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia” Milled 1984 Proof 35,997 258 5,125 Dinar ($45 US)

5000 Dinara[edit]

The dimensions are the same for all the 5000 Dinara coins.

  • Dimensions
Diameter Weight Thickness Composition Mint Mark Struck by
24 mm 8 grams 1 mm .900 gold and .100 copper No Mintmarks Zlatara Majdanpek

The artists for all Reverse Designs were Nebojsa Mitric, Dragisa Andric, Dragomir Mileusnic, Djordje Jovanovic, and Ljubisa Mancic. The artist for all Obverse Designs was Nebojsa Mitric.

  • Specifications
Reverse Design Obverse Design Edge Date of Issue Finish Mintage Issue Price
The Olympic emblem of Sarajevo, a stylized snowflake, and the legend, “XIV Zimske Olimpijske Igre Sarajevo ‘84”, meaning: “XIV Olympic Winter Games Sarajevo ‘84”. The Olympic emblem of Sarajevo, the emblem of Yugoslavia, and a Cyrillic legend, meaning: “The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia” Milled 1982 (released December 15, 1983) Proof 23,400 27,625 Dinar ($246 US)
The effigy of Josip Broz Tito, and the legend, “XIV Zimske Olimpijske Igre Sarajevo ‘84”, meaning: “XIV Olympic Winter Games Sarajevo ‘84”. The Olympic emblem of Sarajevo, the emblem of Yugoslavia, and a Cyrillic legend, meaning: “The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia” Milled 1983 Proof 13,874 27,625 Dinar ($246 US)
The Olympic flame, and the legend, “XIV Zimske Olimpijske Igre Sarajevo ‘84”, meaning: “XIV Olympic Winter Games Sarajevo ‘84”. The Olympic emblem of Sarajevo, the emblem of Yugoslavia, and a Cyrillic legend, meaning: “The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia” Milled 1983 Proof 12,948 27,625 Dinar ($246 US)

1988 Calgary Olympics[edit]

Heading into the 1980s, the Olympics would return to Canada. The city of Calgary would host the 1988 Winter Olympics. Starting in 1985, the Federal Government, under the leadership of then-Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, issued a ten coin set to help finance and commemorate the Olympic games. In similar style to the Montreal Olympics, the RCM would introduce coins with a face value that had never been used before. Said coins would feature a $20 face value. These coins were issued in Proof quality only, and were sold with the partnership of the Royal Bank of Canada. Unlike the Montreal coins, mintage was limited to 5,000,000 coins and this would mark the first time that any silver coin had edge lettering on it. Said lettering was 'XV OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES – JEUX D'OLYMPIQUES D'HIVER.' [6]

20 Dollars[edit]

Year Series Sport Artist Mintage Issue Price
1985 First Series Downhill Skiing Ian Stewart 406,360 $37.00
1985 First Series Speed Skating Friedrich Peter 354,222 $37.00
1986 Second Series Hockey Ian Stewart 396,602 $37.00
1986 Second Series Biathlon John Mardon 308,086 $37.00
1986 Third Series Cross-Country Skiing Ian Stewart 303,199 $39.50
1986 Third Series Free-Style Skiing Walter Ott 294,322 $39.50
1986 Fourth Series Figure Skating Raymond Taylor 334,875 $39.50
1986 Fourth Series Curling Walter Ott 286,457 $39.50
1987 Fifth Series Ski-Jumping Raymond Taylor 290,954 $42.00
1987 Fifth Series Bobsleigh John Mardon 274,326 $42.00

One Hundred Dollars Gold[edit]

Year Theme Artist Mintage Issue Price
1987 XV Olympic Winter Games Friedrich Peter 145,175 $255.00

1992 Albertville Olympics[edit]

The Albertville Olympics were the third Olympic Winter games held in France. To commemorate the event, the Government of France authorized the striking of ten gold and nine silver coins.[7]

100 Francs[edit]

  • Dimensions
Diameter Weight Thickness Composition Mint Mark Struck by
37 mm 22.2 grams (containing 19.98 grams of silver) 2.1 mm .900 silver and .100 copper The Director’s mark, the Horn of Plenty, and the Master Engraver’s mark, the Dolphin, appear under the word 100 Francs. Monnaie de Paris
  • Specifications
Reverse Design Artist Obverse Design Artist Edge Date of Issue Finish Mintage Issue Price
A downhill skier with a view of Mont Blanc in the background, the legend: “République Française”, and the artist’s name Guy Brun The Olympic emblem of Albertville, the legend: XVIes Jeux Olympiques d’Hiver, the year 1989 and 100 Francs Mint Engravers Lettering on a plain edge: Liberté Fraternité Egalité 1989 (June) Proof Proof: 300,000 $43 (US), $47 (Cdn)
A pair of figure skaters on the Lac Bourget, the legend: “République Française”, and the artist’s name Georges Yoldjoglou The Olympic emblem of Albertville, the legend: XVIes Jeux Olympiques d’Hiver, the year 1989 and 100 Francs Mint Engravers Lettering on a plain edge: Liberté Fraternité Egalité 1989 (June) Proof 300,000 $43 (US), $47 (Cdn)
A speed skater, an animal of Savoie (the Marmot), the legend: “République Française”, and the artist’s name Joaquin Jimenez The Olympic emblem of Albertville, the legend: XVIes Jeux Olympiques d’Hiver, the year 1989 and 100 Francs Mint Engravers Lettering on a plain edge: Liberté Fraternité Egalité 1990 (January) Proof 300,000 $43 (US), $47 (Cdn)
A bobsleigh and a luge of the “Belle Epqoue”, the legend: “République Française”, and the artist’s name Joaquin Jimenez The Olympic emblem of Albertville, the legend: XVIes Jeux Olympiques d’Hiver, the year 1989 and 100 Francs Mint Engravers Lettering on a plain edge: Liberté Fraternité Egalité 1990 (January) Proof 300,000 $45 (US), $49 (Cdn)
A freestyle skier, a chamois (goat), the legend: “République Française”, and the artist’s name Joaquin Jimenez The Olympic emblem of Albertville, the legend: XVIes Jeux Olympiques d’Hiver, the year 1989 and 100 Francs Mint Engravers Lettering on a plain edge: Liberté Fraternité Egalité 1990 (June) Proof 300,000 $45 (US), $49 (Cdn)
A slalom skier and a slalom skier of the “Belle Epoque”, the legend: “République Française”, and the artist’s name Joaquin Jimenez The Olympic emblem of Albertville, the legend: XVIes Jeux Olympiques d’Hiver, the year 1989 and 100 Francs Mint Engravers Lettering on a plain edge: Liberté Fraternité Egalité 1990 (June) Proof 300,000 $45 (US), $49 (Cdn)
Ice hockey players with an ibex (ram), the legend: “République Française”, and the artist’s name Joaquin Jimenez The Olympic emblem of Albertville, the legend: XVIes Jeux Olympiques d’Hiver, the year 1989 and 100 Francs Mint Engravers Lettering on a plain edge: Liberté Fraternité Egalité 1991 (January) Proof 300,000 $45 (US), $49 (Cdn)
A cross-country skier with a view of the Chateau of the Dukes of Savoie, the legend: “République Française”, and the artist’s name Joaquin Jimenez The Olympic emblem of Albertville, the legend: XVIes Jeux Olympiques d’Hiver, the year 1989 and 100 Francs Mint Engravers Lettering on a plain edge: Liberté Fraternité Egalité 1991 (January) Proof 300,000 $45 (US), $49 (Cdn)
A ski jumper with a ski jumper of the “Belle Epoque” in the background, the legend: “République Française”, and the artist’s name Georges Yoldjoglou The Olympic emblem of Albertville, the legend: XVIes Jeux Olympiques d’Hiver, the year 1989 and 100 Francs Mint Engravers Lettering on a plain edge: Liberté Fraternité Egalité 1991 (January) Proof 300,000 $45 (US), $49 (Cdn)

500 Francs[edit]

  • Dimensions
Diameter Weight Thickness Composition Mint Mark Struck by
31 mm 17 grams (containing ½ Troy ounce of Gold) 1.5 mm .920 silver and .080 copper The Director’s mark, the Horn of Plenty, and the Master Engraver’s mark, the Dolphin, appear under the word 500 Francs. Monnaie de Paris
  • Specifications
Reverse Design Artist Obverse Design Artist Edge Date of Issue Finish Mintage Issue Price
A downhill skier with a view of Mont Blanc in the background, the legend: “République Française”, and the artist’s name Guy Brun The Olympic emblem of Albertville, the legend: XVIes Jeux Olympiques d’Hiver, the year 1989 and 500 Francs Mint Engravers Lettering on a plain edge: Liberté Fraternité Egalité 1989 (June) Proof Proof: 30,000 $440 (US), $515 (Cdn)
A pair of figure skaters on the Lac Bourget, the legend: “République Française”, and the artist’s name Georges Yoldjoglou The Olympic emblem of Albertville, the legend: XVIes Jeux Olympiques d’Hiver, the year 1989 and 500 Francs Mint Engravers Lettering on a plain edge: Liberté Fraternité Egalité 1989 (June) Proof 30,000 $440 (US), $515 (Cdn)
A speed skater, an animal of Savoie (the Marmot), the legend: “République Française”, and the artist’s name Joaquin Jimenez The Olympic emblem of Albertville, the legend: XVIes Jeux Olympiques d’Hiver, the year 1989 and 500 Francs Mint Engravers Lettering on a plain edge: Liberté Fraternité Egalité 1990 (January) Proof 30,000 $440 (US), $515 (Cdn)
A bobsleigh and a luge of the “Belle Epqoue”, the legend: “République Française”, and the artist’s name Joaquin Jimenez The Olympic emblem of Albertville, the legend: XVIes Jeux Olympiques d’Hiver, the year 1989 and 500 Francs Mint Engravers Lettering on a plain edge: Liberté Fraternité Egalité 1990 (January) Proof 30,000 $440 (US), $515 (Cdn)
A freestyle skier, a chamois (goat), the legend: “République Française”, and the artist’s name Joaquin Jimenez The Olympic emblem of Albertville, the legend: XVIes Jeux Olympiques d’Hiver, the year 1989 and 500 Francs Mint Engravers Lettering on a plain edge: Liberté Fraternité Egalité 1990 (June) Proof 30,000 $440 (US), $515 (Cdn)
A slalom skier and a slalom skier of the “Belle Epoque”, the legend: “République Française”, and the artist’s name Joaquin Jimenez The Olympic emblem of Albertville, the legend: XVIes Jeux Olympiques d’Hiver, the year 1989 and 500 Francs Mint Engravers Lettering on a plain edge: Liberté Fraternité Egalité 1990 (June) Proof 30,000 $440 (US), $515 (Cdn)
Ice hockey players with an ibex (ram), the legend: “République Française”, and the artist’s name Joaquin Jimenez The Olympic emblem of Albertville, the legend: XVIes Jeux Olympiques d’Hiver, the year 1989 and 500 Francs Mint Engravers Lettering on a plain edge: Liberté Fraternité Egalité 1991 (January) Proof 30,000 $440 (US), $515 (Cdn)
A cross-country skier with a view of the Chateau of the Dukes of Savoie, the legend: “République Française”, and the artist’s name Joaquin Jimenez The Olympic emblem of Albertville, the legend: XVIes Jeux Olympiques d’Hiver, the year 1989 and 500 Francs Mint Engravers Lettering on a plain edge: Liberté Fraternité Egalité 1991 (January) Proof 30,000 $440 (US), $515 (Cdn)
A ski jumper with a ski jumper of the “Belle Epoque” in the background, the legend: “République Française”, and the artist’s name Georges Yoldjoglou The Olympic emblem of Albertville, the legend: XVIes Jeux Olympiques d’Hiver, the year 1989 and 500 Francs Mint Engravers Lettering on a plain edge: Liberté Fraternité Egalité 1991 (January) Proof 30,000 $440 (US), $515 (Cdn)
Pierre Baron de Coubertin, a Greek column on the left, RF, the legend: “République Française”, and the artist’s name Georges Yoldjoglou The Olympic emblem of Albertville, the legend: XVIes Jeux Olympiques d’Hiver, the year 1989 and 500 Francs Mint Engravers Lettering on a plain edge: Liberté Fraternité Egalité 1991 Proof 30,000 $440 (US), $515 (Cdn)

1998 Nagano Olympics[edit]

Series One[edit]

Year Composition Weight Diameter Sport
1997 Gold 15.6 grams 26 mm Skiing
1997 Silver 15 grams 30 mm Hockey
1997 Nickel 7.2 grams 26.5 mm Snowboarding

Series Two[edit]

Year Composition Weight Diameter Sport
1997 Gold 15.6 grams 26 mm Figure Skating
1997 Silver 15 grams 30 mm Biathlon
1997 Nickel 7.2 grams 26.5 mm Snowboarding

Series Three[edit]

Year Composition Weight Diameter Sport
1998 Gold 15.6 grams 26 mm Speed Skating
1998 Silver 15 grams 30 mm Ski Jumping
1998 Nickel 7.2 grams 26.5 mm Freestyle Skiing

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2002 Salt Lake City Olympics[edit]

One Dollar[edit]

Due to the abject failure of the 1996 program, this year's coins were limited to one silver and one gold piece each.

Year Composition Theme Mintage US Mint Facility Engraver Obverse Design Designer Reverse Design
2002 Silver Salt Lake City Olympics 400,000 Philadelphia, PA (Proof/Uncirculated) John Mercanti Crystal Emblem superimposed on top of the Games' secondary identity mark entitled: "Rhythm of the Land." Donna Weaver Salt Lake City skyline with the Rocky Mountains in the background.

Five Dollars[edit]

Year Composition Theme Mintage US Mint Facility Engraver Obverse Design Designer Reverse Design
2002 Gold Salt Lake City Olympics 80,000 West Point, NY (Proof/Uncirculated) Donna Weaver Crystal Emblem superimposed on top of the Games' secondary identity mark entitled: "Rhythm of the Land." Donna Weaver Olympic flame in relief atop a cauldron.

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2006 Turin Games[edit]

A total of 11 coins were minted for the Turin Olympic Games. There were five gold coins and six silver coins. The Silver coins feature the complete line-up of sterling silver coins that have been issued by the Italian State Mint (IPZS) to highlight six of the major disciplines that will be held during the XX Olympic Winter Games Torino 2006. Each coin is struck in proof finish.[10]

Base Metal Coins[edit]

Image Dimensions Feature Volume Date
Diameter: 25.75mm
Thickness:2.20mm
Mass: 8.5g
2006 Winter Olympics in Turin 40 million coins First date of issue: 10 January 2006
First date of circulation: 10 February 2006[11]
Description: The coin depicts a racing skier and the visitor attraction of Turin, the Mole Antonelliana (which incidentally is also depicted on the Italian 2 cent coin), together with a large number of inscriptions: above the skier's head, GIOCHI INVERNALI (Winter Games); below the tower, the name of the host city TORINO; beside the skier's left[12] thigh, the engraver's initials (MCC); also to the left[12] of the skier, the year mark (written vertically); and finally, to the left[12] of the tower, the monogram of the Italian Republic (RI) and the mint mark (R). The twelve stars of the European Union surround the design on the outer ring of the coin.[13]

Silver Coins[edit]

Five Euros

Composition Finish Weight (g) Diameter (mm) Reverse Obverse
.925 sterling silver Proof 18 g 32 mm The stylized silhouette of the Mole Antonelliana, Turin’s tower landmark Figure skating, ski jumping and cross-country skiing

Ten Euros

Composition Finish Weight (g) Diameter (mm) Reverse Obverse
.925 sterling silver Proof 22 g 34 mm The stylized silhouette of the Mole Antonelliana, Turin’s tower landmark Alpine skiing, speed skating and ice hockey

Gold Coin[edit]

Fifty Euros

Composition Finish Weight (g) Diameter (mm) Reverse Obverse
.900 gold Proof 16.129 g 28 mm The stylized silhouette of the Mole Antonelliana, Turin’s tower landmark Torch Relay

2010 Vancouver Olympics[edit]

The Royal Canadian Mint held a press conference in Calgary, Alberta to announce the release of the Vancouver Olympic commemorative coins. The newest denomination for the Vancouver Olympic coins is twenty-five dollars.[14] The twenty-five dollar coins are the first Modern Olympic coins ever to have a hologram on the reverse. The RCM plans to release 12 twenty-five dollar coins, 10 seventy-five dollar coins, 3 14-karat coins, and 4 one kilogram coins (two in silver, two in gold).[15]

With regards to the circulation coins, one of the novelties is that D.G. Regina will be removed from the Queen's effigy, making the 25-cent coins the first "godless circulating coins" since the 1911 issue of King George V.[16] The first circulating $1 coin will be dated 2008 but the obverse will be the standard effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt with the wording "ELIZABETH II" and "D.G. REGINA" with the Circle M privy mark.[16]

Twenty-Five Cents[edit]

Specifications

Years Weight Diameter/Shape Composition
2007–present 4.4 g 23.88 mm 94.0% steel, 3.8% copper, 2.2% nickel plating

There have been a couple of circulation mules in this series. 2007 Paralympic wheelchair curling and 2009 bobsleigh

Details

Date of Issue Sport Artist Mintage
February 24, 2007 Curling Glen Green 22,000,000
April 4, 2007 Ice Hockey Glen Green 22,000,000
July 11, 2007 Wheelchair curling Glen Green 22,000,000
September 12, 2007 Biathlon Glen Green 22,000,000
October 24, 2007 Alpine Skiing Glen Green 22,000,000
February 20, 2008 Snowboarding Glen Green 22,000,000
April 16, 2008 Freestyle Skiing Glen Green 22,000,000
November 18, 2008 Figure Skating G.G. TBD
January 15, 2009 Cross Country Skiing G.G. TBD
March 12, 2009 Speed Skating TBD TBD
June 23, 2009 Bobsleigh G.G. TBD
September, 2009 Men's Ice Hockey Jason Bouwman[17] 29,000,000
November, 2009 Women's Ice Hockey Jason Bouwman 29,000,000
January, 2010 Cindy Klassen S.B. & RCM engravers TBD
March, 2010 Sledge hockey G.G. TBD

Mascot Coins[edit]

Year Mascot Diameter Weight Issue Price
2008 Miga 23.88mm 4.4 g $15.95
2008 Quatchi 23.88mm 4.4 g $15.95
2008 Sumi 23.88mm 4.4 g $15.95

One Dollar[edit]

Date of Issue Theme Artist Mintage
February 15, 2010 Innukshuk

Twenty-Five Dollars[edit]

Specifications

Denomination Reverse Design Artist Obverse Design Artist Edge Date of Issue Finish
Twenty-Five Dollars Curling Steve Hepburn The image of Queen Elizabeth II plus Innukshuk, the logo of the 2010 Games Susanna Blunt Serrated February 23, 2007 Proof with selective hologram on the reverse
Twenty-Five Dollars Ice Hockey Steve Hepburn The image of Queen Elizabeth II plus Innukshuk, the logo of the 2010 Games Susanna Blunt Serrated April 4, 2007 Proof with selective hologram on the reverse
Twenty-Five Dollars Athlete's Pride Shelagh Armstrong The image of Queen Elizabeth II plus Innukshuk, the logo of the 2010 Games Susanna Blunt Serrated July 11, 2007 Proof with selective hologram on the reverse
Twenty-Five Dollars Biathlon Bonnie Ross The image of Queen Elizabeth II plus Innukshuk, the logo of the 2010 Games Susanna Blunt Serrated September 12, 2007 Proof with selective hologram on the reverse
Twenty-Five Dollars Alpine Skiing Brian Hughes The image of Queen Elizabeth II plus Innukshuk, the logo of the 2010 Games Susanna Blunt Serrated October 24, 2007 Proof with selective hologram on the reverse
Twenty-Five Dollars Snowboarding Steve Hepburn The image of Queen Elizabeth II plus Innukshuk, the logo of the 2010 Games Susanna Blunt Serrated February 20, 2008 Proof with selective hologram on the reverse
Twenty-Five Dollars Freestyle Skiing John Mardon The image of Queen Elizabeth II plus Innukshuk, the logo of the 2010 Games Susanna Blunt Serrated April 16, 2008 Proof with selective hologram on the reverse

Dimensions

Diameter Weight Thickness Composition Mintage Mint Mark Struck by Issue Price
40 mm 27.78 grams N/A .925 silver and .075 copper 45,000 No Mint marks Royal Canadian Mint $69.95

Seventy-Five Dollars[edit]

Specifications

Denomination Reverse Design Artist Obverse Design Artist Edge Date of Issue Finish
Seventy-Five Dollars An officer of the RCMP mounted on a horse. Cecily Mok The image of Queen Elizabeth II plus Innukshuk, the logo of the 2010 Games Susanna Blunt Serrated February 24, 2007 Proof with selective colouring on the reverse
Seventy-Five Dollars Two athletes holding a Canadian flag. Shelagh Armstrong The image of Queen Elizabeth II plus Innukshuk, the logo of the 2010 Games Susanna Blunt Serrated July 11, 2007 Proof with selective colouring on the reverse
Seventy-Five Dollars Canada Geese Kerri Burnett The image of Queen Elizabeth II plus Innukshuk, the logo of the 2010 Games Susanna Blunt Serrated October 24, 2007 Proof with selective colouring on the reverse
Seventy-Five Dollars Four Host First Nations mask Jody Broomfeld The image of Queen Elizabeth II plus Innukshuk, the logo of the 2010 Games Susanna Blunt Serrated February 20, 2008 Proof with selective colouring on the reverse

Dimensions

Diameter Weight Thickness Composition Mintage Mint Mark Struck by Issue Price
27 mm 12 grams N/A 58.33% gold and 41.67% silver 8,000 No Mint marks Royal Canadian Mint $389.95

Two Hundred and Fifty Dollars[edit]

Specifications

Denomination Reverse Design Artist Obverse Design Artist Edge Date of Issue Finish
Two Hundred and Fifty Dollars Images of Canada prior to European settlement. Stanley Witten The image of Queen Elizabeth II plus Innukshuk, the logo of the 2010 Games Susanna Blunt Plain February 24, 2007 Proof
Two Hundred and Fifty Dollars Images of Canada in the 16th century. Susan Taylor The image of Queen Elizabeth II plus Innukshuk, the logo of the 2010 Games Susanna Blunt Plain March 20, 2008 Proof

Dimensions

Diameter Weight Thickness Composition Mintage Mint Mark Struck by Issue Price
101.6 mm 1 kilogram N/A 99.99% silver 2,500 No Mint marks Royal Canadian Mint $1,299.95

Three Hundred Dollars[edit]

Specifications

Denomination Reverse Design Artist Obverse Design Artist Edge Date of Issue Finish
Three Hundred Dollars A diverse group of many faces surrounds the outer ring of the coin while the inner core of the coin features the Olympic Torch and the images of Greek gods. Laurie McGaw (outer ring), David Craig (inner core) The image of Queen Elizabeth II plus Innukshuk, the logo of the 2010 Games Susanna Blunt Serrated February 24, 2007 Proof
Three Hundred Dollars A diverse group of many faces surrounds the outer ring of the coin while the inner core of the coin features the Olympic Torch and the images of skiers and a speed skater. Laurie McGaw (outer ring), David Craig (inner core) The image of Queen Elizabeth II plus Innukshuk, the logo of the 2010 Games Susanna Blunt Serrated February 20, 2008 Proof

Dimensions

Diameter Weight Thickness Composition Mintage Mint Mark Struck by Issue Price
50 mm 60 grams N/A 58.33% gold and 41.67% silver 2,500 No Mint marks Royal Canadian Mint $1,499.95

Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars[edit]

Specifications

Denomination Reverse Design Artist Obverse Design Artist Edge Date of Issue Finish
Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars Images of Canada prior to European settlement. Stanley Witten The image of Queen Elizabeth II plus Innukshuk, the logo of the 2010 Games Susanna Blunt Plain 2007 Proof
Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars Images of Canada in the 16th century. Susan Taylor The image of Queen Elizabeth II plus Innukshuk, the logo of the 2010 Games Susanna Blunt Plain March 20, 2008 Proof

Dimensions

Diameter Weight Thickness Composition Mintage Mint Mark Struck by Issue Price
101.6 mm 1 kilogram N/A 99.99% gold 20 No Mint marks Royal Canadian Mint $36,000.00

Bullion Coins[edit]

The Royal Canadian Mint and the International Olympic Committee have reached an agreement on Olympic Gold and Silver Maple Leaf coins. The announcement was made on August 3, 2007 and the agreement allows the RCM to strike bullion coins with the emblems of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.[18] The issue will consist of two coins: one Gold Maple Leaf coin and a Canadian Silver Maple Leaf coin and both coins will feature the date of 2008. The new agreement means that the RCM is now selling Olympic coins through all of its major business lines: bullion, circulation, numismatics.[18]

Year of issue Diameter Theme
2008 38 mm Innukshuk
2009 38 mm Raven
2010 38 mm Ice hockey

2014 Sochi Olympics[edit]

Commemorative Coins of Base Metals[edit]

Specifications

Years Weight Diameter/Shape Composition Denomination
2011–2013 10.00 g 27.00 mm cupro-nickel 25 rubles

Details

Year of Issue Obverse Reverse Artist Mintage
2011 In the center is the relief image of the National Coat of Arms of the Russian Federation. Above is the semicircular inscription along the rim, stating "РОССИЙСКАЯ ФЕДЕРАЦИЯ", framed on both sides by ornamental elements of doubled rhombuses. In the lower part of the disc, at the edge - the horizontal inscription: "25 РУБЛЕЙ" (25 RUBLES) and the date: "2011 г." (2011) under it, over it to the right - the mint trade mark. In the central part of the disc against the background of a mountain - the horizontal inscription: "sochi.ru", under it on the section of the shade cast by the mountain - the date: "2014" and five Olympic rings. E.V. Kramskaya (obverse), A.D, Schablykin (reverse). 9750000
2012 In the center is the relief image of the National Coat of Arms of the Russian Federation. Over it along the rim is the semicircular inscription: "РОССИЙСКАЯ ФЕДЕРАЦИЯ" (THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION). Under the coat of arms, in two lines are the denomination of the coin: "25 РУБЛЕЙ" (25 RUBLES) and the year of issue: "2012 г." (2012). To the right is the trade mark of the Saint Petersburg Mint. The relief images of three mascots and the Emblem of the XXII Olympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi. E.V. Kramskaya (obverse), A.A. Brynza (reverse). 9750000
2013 In the center is the relief image of the National Coat of Arms of the Russian Federation. Over it along the rim is the semicircular inscription: "РОССИЙСКАЯ ФЕДЕРАЦИЯ" (THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION). Under the coat of arms, in two lines are the denomination of the coin: "25 РУБЛЕЙ" (25 RUBLES) and the year of issue: "2013 г." (2013). To the right is the trade mark of the Saint Petersburg Mint. The relief images of two mascots and the Emblem of the XI Olympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi. E.V. Kramskaya (obverse) 9750000

Commemorative Coins of Precious Metals[edit]

Investment Coins[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Coins of the Modern Olympic Games, Volume 1, Michele Menard, page 56, ISBN 1-895321-00-X
  3. ^ Coins of the Modern Olympic Games, Michèle Ménard, p. 77, 1991, ISBN 1-895321-00-X
  4. ^ Coins of the Modern Olympic Games, Michèle Ménard, p. 79, 1991, ISBN 1-895321-00-X
  5. ^ a b Coins of the Modern Olympic Games, Volume 1, Michelle Menard, p. 166, ISBN 1-895321-00-X
  6. ^ Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian Coins, 60th Edition, W.K. Cross, 2006. p.354, ISBN 0-88968-297-6
  7. ^ Coins of the Modern Olympic Games, p. 238, Michèle Ménard, 1991, ISBN 1-895321-00-X
  8. ^ Chinagoldcoin.net
  9. ^ The United States Mint Historical Image Library
  10. ^ http://www.mint.ca/RoyalCanadianMintPublic/en-CA/TheStore/Shopping/CoinSets/Other/644045.htm
  11. ^ "The Euro — €2 Commemorative Design 2006 — Italy". 2007-04-07. Retrieved 2007-04-07. 
  12. ^ a b c In heraldry, directions are often described as they would appear to the bearer of a coat of arms, rather than as they would appear to the viewer. Therefore, the following descriptions will use "facing to the left" when it would appear to the layman that the person depicted is facing to the right.
  13. ^ "OJ 2006/C 33/05" (PDF). Official Journal of the European Union. 9 February 2006. 
  14. ^ "Olympic commems to sport $25 face, Bret Evans, Canadian Coin News, January 9 to 22, 2007
  15. ^ Royal Canadian Mint website, Path: www.mint.ca, The Royal Canadian Mint, News, News Releases, Date: February 21, 2007
  16. ^ a b “14 circulating coins included in 2010 Olympic program”, Bret Evans, Canadian Coin News, January 23 to February 5, 2007 issue of Canadian Coin News
  17. ^ http://www.mint.ca/store/news/royal-canadian-mint-releases-25cent-coin-celebrating-men%19s-hockey-7000006?cat=News+releases&nId=700002&parentnId=600004&nodeGroup=About+the+Mint
  18. ^ a b “Maples will sport Olympic Rings”, Bret Evans, Canadian Coin News, September 4 to September 17, 2007