The Olympic Games offer an amazing opportunity not only for athletes, but also for coin collectors. The fine tradition of minting commemorative coins was continued this year. The Royal Canadian Mint produced a beautiful variety of gold and silver coins this year, in honor of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The coins in this series embody the numismatic quality and elegance that collectors have come to love—and expect—from the Royal Canadian Mint.
Gold 2010 Olympic Coins
Although the majority of this year’s Olympic coins are sterling silver, the collection is accented with exceptionally rendered 14-karat gold coins. They are the first colored series the mint has produced.
- The Four Host First Nations coin honors the ancestral tribes of Canada, known as the Four Hosts: the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples. On its obverse, the coin features four tribal masks etched on a black colored background.
- The Olympic Spirit coin recognizes the athleticism of the Olympics. The brilliantly colored flame on the coin’s obverse serves as a backdrop for winter Olympians in action.
- With its clean background of a dog team cutting through the snow, the Inukshuk gold coin bears the symbol of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
- Waving a brightly colored Canadian flag, the athletes on the obverse of the Athletes’ Pride gold coin embody the sportsmanship of the Olympics.
2010 Olympics Silver Coins
Crafted from the finest sterling silver, the 2010 Vancouver Olympics silver coins honor the individual events and symbols of the Olympics.
- With the $25 silver hologram coins, the Royal Canadian Mint recognizes Athletes’ Pride, Freestyle Skiing, Ice Hockey, Snowboarding, Biathlon, and Alpine Skiing. Each coin features a holographic crescent with the 2010 Vancouver Olympic symbol and beautifully detailed snowflakes.
- The 1 oz sterling silver wafer features the logos of both the 2010 Olympics and Paralympics in stunning detail. Available individually or as part of a set with twelve $25 silver coins. Each coin in the set showcases a different sporting event in the Winter Olympics.
- Long a symbol of Canadian wildlife, the loon has come to represent good luck. The $25 sterling silver Lucky Loony coin captures that whimsical tradition. On the coin’s obverse, a loon alights in the water. The coin also features a colored Vancouver Olympics logo.
- For the youngest numismatists, the 2010 Mascot quarters are an excellent choice. Each of these quarters is painted with a delightful image of an Olympic mascot.
This year’s Winter Olympics coins represent a dazzling opportunity for coin collectors and investors. The extraordinary quality and artistry of the 2010 Olympics coins make them a fine addition to any coin collection.
This information is provided for general reference purposes and does not constitute professional advice. For detailed coin collecting or investing information, please consult with a professional expert.