The Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) has signed an agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to mint bullion coins with the emblem of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games and the rings of the Olympic movement.
Over the next three years the RCM is to produce a series of Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Gold Maple Leaf bullion coins and Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Silver Maple Leaf bullion coins. The design of the 2008 gold and silver bullion coins will be unveiled this month, while the first issue of these coins should be released between September and October. Two more annual issues (2009 and 2010) will follow. The coins will be distributed through the RCM’s network of bullion dealers.
Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint said, “now that our bullion coins will be complemented by the Olympic brand, the Royal Canadian Mint will be able to promote the spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Games across three of its major business lines – gold and bullion, Canadian circulation coins and numismatics. We are thrilled that our universally acclaimed Maple Leaf bullion products will gain even more prestige and exclusivity as we count down to the excitement of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games”.