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Turin 2006: commemorative coins presented

18 Feb 2005
Olympic News

The official commemorative coins of the Olympic Winter Games of Turin 2006 were presented last week at the World Money Fair in Basel, Switzerland. “As we are celebrating the events related to the “One Year to Go” to the Games, these coins represent a further and important promotional instrument for our Olympic Winter Games, the winter sports disciplines and our territory. The realisation of these coins by the Italian Mint is an excellent example of the tradition and ability of the Italian artists working in numismatics,” underlined the President of the Organising Committee for the XX Olympic Winter Games in Turin (TOROC), Valentino Castellani.

11 commemorative coins
The numismatic programme dedicated to the Olympic Winter Games of Turin 2006 comprises 11 commemorative coins to be issued through four different releases starting from March 2005, with nominal values comprised between EUR 5 and 50.

Winter sports, Turin monuments and Torch Relay
The official pictograms represent some of the Olympic winter sports disciplines. They will be reproduced on the silver coins, while some of the most prominent monuments of Turin and its territory will be depicted on the gold coins. The last gold coins, to be issued in January 2006 will have a nominal value of EUR 50 and will depict the Torch Relay logo.

Italian State Mint
All coins will be produced and marketed by the Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato (Italian State Mint), thanks to the agreement with the Organising Committee for the XX Olympic Winter Games in Turin.

Distribution worldwide
The coins will be distributed in Italy, the Republic of San Marino and Vatican City directly by the Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato through its usual distribution channels (Italian Mint Store, State Bookshop and website), while the Samlerhuset Group B.V. is in charge of the distribution outside the above-mentioned territories.

Promotion of Olympic values
Since Helsinki in 1952, the Olympic commemorative coins have been an important tool to promote Olympic values, uniting the worlds of sport, art, culture and collections, being worldwide valuable golden and silver ambassadors for sport and the Olympic Movement.

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