Editor's note: this is the second part of a story by Jeff Starck
about Brazil's circulating and collector coins celebrating the 2016
Rio Olympic Games. The original appears in the August monthly issue
of Coin World.
first four silver coins released include one celebrating the famed Bossa Nova musical
style, a defining sound fused from samba (another Brazilian musical
style) and jazz. Another silver coin honors the Arcos da Lapa, or
Carioca Aqueduct in Rio de Janiero. The third silver coin in the
first release celebrates a dolphin, and the final silver coin in the
first release honors the bromeliad. Bromeliads are hardy tropical
musical style chorinho (known as choro in English) is a popular style
named for the lamenting cry of its songs. Chorinho is the subject of
the Music-themed coin in the second silver coin release (the first
release of 2015). The Architecture silver coin from that launch honors
the Museum of Contemporary Art in Niteroi, Rio, Brazil. A toucan
perches on the silver Fauna coin from this second release, and the
Fauna coin in this group highlights helioconia plants.
third series of silver coins — released later in 2015 — includes a
coin celebrating the Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí or simply
Sambadrome, a purpose-built parade area in downtown Rio de Janeiro
where samba schools parade competitively each year during the Rio
Carnival. The parades attract many thousands of Brazilians and foreign
tourists each year.
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silver coin in the third series honors forró, which is a musical and
dance style popularized in the country’s northeastern region. Orchids
represent Flora on another silver coin and the Fauna coin highlights
the dourado, a Brazilian monkey, in the third release.
final four silver coins were released in 2016. One of these coins
celebrates the famous musical style known as Samba, the musical and
dance style that originated in the 1920s and is now a central
component to Rio de Janiero’s famous Carnival.
silver coin depicts the Teatro Municipal (Municipal Theater) in Rio,
which mimicked Paris’ famed Opera house when it was built in the early
1900s. It remains one of Rio’s most famous landmarks. A butterfly
fills the design in the latest Fauna silver coins, and the remaining
Flora coin honors Pau Brazil, or Brazilwood, an indigenous tree prized
for its orange-red wood that is often used for dyes and making bows
for stringed instruments.