Brazil's first series of 2016 Rio Olympics coins have been issued

Four series of Rio Games coins to be issued between now and 2016
By , Coin World
Published : 12/19/14
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The Central Bank of Brazil has already begun issuing coins honoring the 2016 Rio Olympic.

The Banco Central do Brasil on Nov. 25 launched the first nine commemorative coins of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games numismatic program. Rio's Summer Olympic Games are scheduled for Aug. 5 to 21, 2016. 

The first coin series contains one gold 10-real coin, four silver 5-real coins and four ringed-bimetallic 1-real circulation coins. 

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The program will feature a total of 36 coins, which will all be released by 2016, according to the bank. Each series is scheduled to feature the same breakdown of coins as the first, according to the bank. 

The gold coins feature a common reverse depicting the city’s landmark Christ the Redeemer statue. The obverses of the first three gold coins celebrate specific sports representing the Olympic motto “Citius, Altius, Fortius” (faster, higher, stronger). The final coin will show a 2016 Rio Olympic torch.

The silver coins show scenes of the capital city, Rio de Janeiro. The obverses show inhabitants playing sports throughout the city, paired with various aspects of Brazilian culture across one of four themes: Fauna, Flora, Architecture and Music. The reverses of the first four coins celebrate dolphins, the bromeliad, the Arches of Lapa and the bossa nova, respectively. 

The Olympic and Paralympic sports are shown on the circulation coins. In the first release, the Athletics and Swimming designs represent two current Olympic sports, while the Paratriathlon and Golf designs show sports that will become part of the 2016 Games. 

The second release of the Olympic Program will take place in the first half of 2015, the bank announced.

The Proof .900 fine gold coin weighs 4.4 grams, measures 16 millimeters in diameter and has a mintage limit of 5,000 pieces.

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