In August, 11th, the Banco Central do Brasil (Brazil’s Central Bank) issued two commemorative coins to celebrate the Olympic flag handover to Brazil, in a ceremony promoted by the Rio 2016™ Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, at Somerset House, London, where Casa Brasil (Brazil House) is located. The event was a result of an agreement signed by Banco Central, Casa da Moeda do Brasil (the Brazilian mint) and Rio 2016™.
A special edition of 2,016,000 bimetalic circulating coins were minted. Their reverse keeps the design of the ordinary 1-real circulating coins: elements of the Brazilian flag. The obverse shows the Olympic flag and the Rio 2016™ Olympic Games emblem. Up to 80,000 units out of this mintage will be sold in special packages for collectors.
A silver coin of R$5 denomination with a mintage limit of 20,000 units were also minted. The obverse shows the Olympic flag and the Rio 2016™ Olympic Games emblem. The reverse presents the illustration of two icons of the Olympic cities: Tower Bridge, representing London, and the Statue of Christ the Redeemer, representing Rio de Janeiro.
The commemorative coins can be acquired at the Banco Central do Brasil Regional Offices and through Banco do Brasil’s website. For further information, visitwww.bcb.gov.br.
Face value: 1 real
Composition: Stainless steel (inner part) and bronze plated steel (outer part)
Mintage limit: 2,016,000 coins
Price (in special package): R$9,50
Face value: 5 reais
Composition: silver 925/1000
Initial mintage: 5,000 coins
Mintage limit: 20,000 coins
About the Rio 2016™ Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games
The Rio 2016™ Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games is a private not for profit sports organisation established by Brazilian Olympic Confederations, the Brazilian Olympic Committee and the Brazilian Paralympic Committee. Its mission is to promote, organise and deliver the Rio 2016™ Olympic and Paralympic Games, in accordance with the guidelines laid out by the Host City Contract, the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the World Anti-doping Agency, and under the Brazilian Law, the Olympic Charter and the IPC Handbook.
The Worldwide Olympic Partners who support the Rio 2016™ Olympic Games and the National Olympic Committees around the world are Coca-Cola, Atos, Dow, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, Samsung and Visa.
The Rio 2016™ Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games has five tier one partners (official sponsors) – Bradesco, Bradesco Seguros, Claro, Embratel and Nissan. There is one tier two supporter – Ernst & Young Terco.
During the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, the spirit of Rio de Janeiro will be at Somerset House with Casa Brasil – the space of the Olympic Brazilian Committee, the Brazilian Paralympic Committee and Rio 2016™.
Images available on the Rio 2016™ official website’s press room: www.rio2016.com/en/press-room