As the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing is upon us, now is the perfect time to check out some of the amazing coins that celebrate our favourite winter activities. It is no secret that Canadians love winter sports, so it is likely no surprise that the Royal Canadian Mint often mints coins representing some of these activities. At Colonial Acres Coins, we also have coins from other countries that are perfect for coin collecting during the Winter Olympics.
2010 Winter Olympics in Canada
In 2010, Vancouver hosted the Winter Olympics. This was a time of great pride for many Canadians. The RCM minted some coins to celebrate this event. In particular, there was a series of $25 coins representing many of the events during the games.
- Snowboarding: This hologram $25 silver coin shows a snowboarder grabbing the front edge of their board while catching air. Snowboarding is often one of the most-watched winter sports and is a demonstration of athletic skills and creativity.
- Curling: Every Winter Olympics, curling demonstrates its curious ability to suddenly gain millions of fans. It is not a highly televised event at any other time, but people tune in to watch the precision and teamwork of this unique Olympic sport.
- Ice Hockey: No list of popular winter sports is complete without hockey. It is the national winter sport of Canada. On this coin, we can see two players competing for control of the puck with a goalie in the background.
- Bobsleigh: The bobsleigh run is a high-speed, high-intensity sport that excites fans every Winter Olympics. The RCM’s coin for this shows a team in their sleigh as they round a banked corner at high speed.
Learning To Skate
Of course, not all winter activities are as competitive as the Winter Olympics. In fact, for most people, winter recreation is more about relaxation, fun and family. In 2014, the RCM released a $10 silver coin with a colourful depiction of a man teaching a child to skate. This is a familiar and cherished experience for many Canadians.
In a similar vein, this 2015 $20 silver coin shows a family out on the ice. The two adults and a young girl are ice dancing while the young boy plays with his hockey stick. There are also two dogs out on the ice having fun with the family. This coin beautifully captures the importance of skating in Canada. It is both a fun activity and a way for families and communities to bond.
Sledding and Tobogganing
Many families prefer to stick to the snow rather than the ice. This 2016 $10 Winter Fun silver coin is a great example of the fun that a little powder can offer. It shows two adults, two children and a dog enjoying a toboggan ride together. For many families, the first good snow of the year (and often every subsequent snowfall) is a perfect excuse to enjoy the thrill of speeding down a hill on a sled.
The Joy of Winter
Continuing the theme of Canadian families enjoying the winter, this 2015 $10 Winter Scene coin captures a slightly sillier scene. In the reverse design, one child pulls along another in a sled in the foreground. However, behind them is another sledder who has lost control and sent the sled flying. Winter activities are often accompanied by snowy wipeouts and this coin captures that perfectly.
Add to Your Coin Collection Today
Colonial Acres Coins has many coins for sale depicting winter sports and other cherished memories. If you want to enjoy the fun of coin collecting, consider one of the above coins or any others representing your favourite recreational activities.