July 1st, 2010 – The Royal Canadian Mint is honored that its Vancouver 2010 commemorative circulation coin program has won global acclaim as the Best New Coin Series at the third “Excellence in Currency” Awards held in conjunction with the 2010 Currency Conference of the International Association of Currency Affairs (IACA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Mint is also pleased that a new series of circulation coins it produced for the Central Bank of Fiji received a Runner-Up Award in the same category.
The series of 17 circulation coins, consisting of 15 25-cent coins and two “Lucky Loonie” one-dollar circulation coins prevailed over several high-calibre entries competing for this prestigious recognition. This is the second IACA Excellence in Currency award to be won by the Mint in the three-year history of the awards program. The 2006 25-cent Pink Ribbon circulation coin won the very first IACA award for Best New Coin.
“The Royal Canadian Mint makes a great effort to be the best mint in the world and it is truly rewarding to have our commemorative circulations coins recognized as the world’s best by the international currency community” said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “I welcome this award as the Mint looks back on the enormous success of its Vancouver 2010 circulation and collector coin programs and the universal admiration of the athlete medals we crafted for the 2010 Winter Games.”
A total of 360 million Vancouver 2010 commemorative coins have entered circulation since the series was launched in January 2007. It was introduced as the largest series of commemorative circulation coins ever to be produced in honor of the Olympic Movement and the first to pay tribute to the Paralympic Games, through the issue of 25-cent coins featuring Wheelchair Curling and Ice Sledge Hockey. As the only mint to have developed the technology to apply color to circulation coins, the Mint was also proud to issue colorized versions of three of its 25-cent circulation coins commemorating Canada’s top three moments in Winter Games history.
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